Powered Industrial Equipment Policy

Summary of Policy

This policy outlines specific requirements to be followed when operating any powered industrial equipment.

Affected Parties

All Groups

Policy Statement


OSHA (29 CFR 1910.178) requires that all employees who operate any Powered Industrial Equipment (PIE) such as motorized pallet trucks, forklifts, electric carts and other similar vehicles be instructed in the safe operation of these vehicles. Any employee who will operate powered industrial equipment as part of their work duties must demonstrate their ability to operate this equipment safely prior to their work assignment.


The Dartmouth PIE policy outlines specific requirements to be followed when operating any Powered Industrial Equipment. Following the proper procedures and training will make the work place safer and minimize the potential for occupational injury and/or accidents when operating this equipment.


Dartmouth PIE applies to all Dartmouth College Employees who will operate any powered industrial equipment as part of their work duties.


Departments who have job descriptions requiring the operation of powered industrial equipment must inform their employees of the training requirements and arrange for the training at no cost to the employee.

Department Supervisor

  • Never assign an employee to operate powered industrial equipment until you have written documentation that that employee has completed an EHS approved training program.
  • Make certain adequate record keeping is being done. Record keeping includes a maintenance record and daily inspection form. Keep all records for 3 years.
  • Make certain that necessary preventive maintenance is being done and needed repairs are tended to promptly.
  • Take corrective action when unsafe operation occurs.


  • Inspect equipment daily.
  • Record inspection in log.
  • Report any problems with the equipment to your supervisor immediately.
  • Operate the equipment in a safe and responsible manner.


  • Periodically inspect powered industrial equipment.
  • Audit records for inspections, maintenance & training.

Program Responsibilities:

The effectiveness of the program will be evaluated on a regular basis (or as needed) by Environmental Health & Safety.

Departmental Requirements Subject to Audit:

  • Daily Inspection logs.
  • Training - Initial and Annual
  • Maintenance & Repair records
  • Training Certificates.
  • Discussions with employees.

Policy ID


Effective Date

January 1, 2008


Campus Services

Office of Primary Responsibility

Office of Environmental Health & Safety (EHS)

Last Reviewed Date

January 28, 2021

Next Review Date