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Subchapter 7. General Industry Safety Orders
Group 4. General Mobile Equipment and Auxiliaries
Article 25. Industrial Trucks, Tractors, Haulage Vehicles, and Earthmoving Equipment

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§3650. Industrial Trucks. General.

(a) Industrial trucks manufactured after March 15, 2009, shall be labeled as meeting the design and construction requirements of the following applicable standards which are hereby incorporated by reference:
ANSI/ITSDF B56.1 - 2005, Safety Standard for Low Lift and High Lift Trucks
ANSI/ITSDF B56.5 - 2005, Safety Standard for Guided Industrial Vehicles and Automated Functions of Manned Industrial Vehicles
ANSI/ITSDF B56.6 - 2005, Safety Standard for Rough Terrain Forklift Trucks
ANSI/ITSDF B56.8 - 2006, Safety Standard for Personnel and Burden Carriers
ANSI/ITSDF B56.9 - 2007, Safety Standard for Operator Controlled Industrial Tow Tractors
ANSI/ITSDF B56.10 - 2006, Safety Standard for Manually Propelled High Lift Industrial Trucks
NFPA 505 - 2006, Fire Safety Standard for Powered Industrial Trucks Including Type Designations, Areas of Use, Conversions, Maintenance, and Operations
UL 583 - 1996, Standard for Safety, Electric-Battery-Powered Industrial Trucks
UL 558 - 1996, Standard for Safety, Industrial Trucks, Internal Combustion Engine-Powered
(b)(1) All low lift and high lift trucks manufactured after June 26, 1998, through March 15, 2009 shall be labeled as meeting either the design and construction requirements of Part III, ASME B56.1-1993, Safety Standard for Low Lift and High Lift Trucks or Part III of the ANSI/ITSDF B56.1-2005 standard. All low lift and high lift trucks manufactured on or before June 26, 1998, shall be labeled as meeting either the design and construction requirements of the ASME standard indicated above or Part II, of the ANSI B56.1-1975 standard.
(2) Except as provided in subsection (b)(1), industrial trucks manufactured after September 1, 1991 through March 1, 1999 shall have affixed a legible tag or label stating compliance with the following applicable standards or those listed in subsection (b)(3):
NFPA 505-1987, formerly ANSI B56.2-1987, for powered industrial trucks,
UL 583-1984, formerly ANSI B56.3-1977, for electric-battery-powered industrial trucks,
UL 558-1984, formerly ANSI B56.4-1977, for internal combustion engine powered industrial trucks,
ANSI/ASME B56.5-1988 for guided industrial vehicles,
ANSI/ASME B56.6-1987 for rough terrain forklift trucks,
ANSI/ASME B56.7-1987 for industrial crane trucks,
ANSI/ASME B56.8-1988 for personnel and burden carriers,
ANSI/ASME B56.9-1987 for operator controlled industrial tow tractors.
(3) Except as provided in subsections (a) and (b)(1), industrial trucks manufactured after March 1, 1999 shall have affixed a legible tag or label stating compliance with the following applicable standards:
NFPA 505-1987, formerly ANSI B56.2-1978, for powered industrial trucks,
UL 583-1991, for electric-battery-powered industrial trucks,
UL 558-1991, for internal combustion engine powered industrial trucks,
ASME B56.5-1993, for guided industrial vehicles and automated functions of manned industrial vehicles,
ASME B56.6-1992, for rough terrain forklift trucks,
ANSI/ASME B56.7-1987, for industrial crane trucks,
ASME B56.8-1993, for personnel and burden carriers,
ASME B56.9-1992, for operator controlled industrial tow tractors.
(4) All name plates and model number, type designation and load capacity markings on industrial trucks, shall be maintained in a legible condition by the employer.
(c) Industrial trucks shall be designed, constructed and maintained in accordance with the applicable standards specified in subsections (a) and (b) of this section.
(d) If the truck is equipped with front-end attachments other than factory installed attachments, the truck shall be marked to identify the attachments and show the approximate weight of the truck and attachment combination, and capacity of the truck and attachment combination at maximum elevation of the load engaging means with the load laterally centered.
(e) Major modifications and structural changes to high lift trucks, industrial trucks and rider trucks that affect the capacity and safe handling of the vehicles shall not be performed by the employer or user without prior written approval from the manufacturer unless the modification is designed, manufactured, and installed in accordance with recognized good engineering and manufacturing principles. The capacity, operation and maintenance instruction plates shall be changed accordingly.
(f) Industrial trucks originally approved for the use of gasoline for fuel may be converted to liquefied petroleum gas fuel provided the complete conversion results in a truck which embodies the features specified for LP or LPS designated trucks as defined in Chapter 1-3, of NFPA 505-1987, which is herein incorporated by reference. Such conversion equipment shall be approved.
(1) When a conversion kit is installed, the original type designation shall be removed or obliterated and replaced with a durable, corrosion-resistant plate permanently mounted on the truck indicating the type designation of the converted truck.
(g) Powered industrial trucks shall not be operated in atmospheres containing more than 20 percent of the Lower Explosive Limit of flammable gas or vapor unless approved for the area as provided in (h).
Note: Concentrations below 20 percent of the Lower Explosive Limit may still require mandatory use of air-supplied respiratory protection. (See Section 5144.)
(h) Only industrial trucks approved for the exposure may be operated in atmospheres containing hazardous quantities of combustible dusts and ignitable fibers. Approval and area designation shall be based on NFPA 505-1982 with appropriate labeling.
(1) Approved trucks shall bear a permanent legible label or some other identifying mark indicating approval by the testing laboratory.
(i) When industrial trucks operate in areas where general lighting is less than 2 footcandles per square foot, directional lighting shall be provided on the truck.
(j) Trailers disconnected from their tractor shall be secured to prevent them from up-ending during loading or unloading operations. This may require utilization of auxiliary jacks designed for that purpose.
(k) Industrial trucks shall not be operated in areas that expose the operator to the hazard of collision with overhead obstructions unless the truck is equipped with overhead guards. (See Section 3655.)
(l) Loads shall be so balanced, braced, or secured as to prevent tipping and falling. Only stable or safely arranged loads shall be handled.
(m) Batteries installed in trucks shall be secured in suitable racks which are secured to the truck.
(n) Motorized hand and hand/rider trucks shall be designed so that the brakes are applied and the power to the drive motor shut off when the operator releases his grip on the control tongue, or the device used to control travel.
EXCEPTION: Vehicles designed for use in order picking operations are exempt from the braking requirements, provided the speed of the vehicle does not exceed 3.5 mph while the operator is walking the vehicle.
(o) Radio remote control vehicles shall be equipped with positive means which restrict the speed of the vehicle to 3.5 mph while the equipment is being operated with radio remote control.
(p) Steering knobs shall not be used unless the truck is equipped with power steering.
(q) When cargo is being towed on pipe trucks or similar equipment, a safe means shall be provided to protect the driver from sliding loads.
(r) Counterweights shall be so affixed that they cannot be accidentally dislodged.
(s) Forks, fork extensions and other attachments shall be secured so that they cannot be inadvertently dislodged, and shall be used only in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations.
(t) Industrial trucks and tow tractors shall be operated in a safe manner in accordance with the following operating rules:
(1) Only drivers authorized by the employer and trained in the safe operations of industrial trucks or industrial tow tractors pursuant to Section 3668 shall be permitted to operate such vehicles.
(2) Stunt driving and horseplay are prohibited.
(3) No riders shall be permitted on vehicles unless provided with adequate riding facilities.
(4) Employees shall not ride on the forks of lift trucks.
(5) Employees shall not place any part of their bodies outside the running lines of an industrial truck or between mast uprights or other parts of the truck where shear or crushing hazards exist.
(6) Employees shall not be allowed to stand, pass, or work under the elevated portion of any industrial truck, loaded or empty, unless it is effectively blocked to prevent it from falling.
(7) Drivers shall check the vehicle at the beginning of each shift, and if it is found to be unsafe, the matter shall be reported immediately to a foreman or mechanic, and the vehicle shall not be put in service again until it has been made safe. Attention shall be given to the proper functioning of tires, horn, lights, battery, controller, brakes, steering mechanism, cooling system, and the lift system for fork lifts (forks, chains, cable, and limit switches).
(8) No truck shall be operated with a leak in the fuel system.
(9) Vehicles shall not exceed the authorized or safe speed, always maintaining a safe distance from other vehicles, keeping the truck under positive control at all times and all established traffic regulations shall be observed. For trucks traveling in the same direction, a safe distance may be considered to be approximately 3 truck lengths or preferably a time lapse -3 seconds -passing the same point.
(10) Trucks traveling in the same direction shall not be passed at intersections, blind spots, or dangerous locations.
(11) The driver shall slow down and sound the horn at cross aisles and other locations where vision is obstructed. If the load being carried obstructs forward view, the driver shall be required to travel with the load trailing.
(12) Operators shall look in the direction of travel and shall not move a vehicle until certain that all persons are in the clear.
(13) Trucks shall not be driven up to anyone standing in front of a bench or other fixed object of such size that the person could be caught between the truck and object.
(14) Grades shall be ascended or descended slowly.
(A) When ascending or descending grades in excess of 10 percent, loaded trucks shall be driven with the load upgrade.
(B) On all grades the load and load engaging means shall be tilted back if applicable, and raised only as far as necessary to clear the road surface.
(C) Motorized hand and hand/rider trucks shall be operated on all grades with the load-engaging means downgrade.
(15) The forks shall always be carried as low as possible, consistent with safe operations.
(16) When leaving a vehicle unattended (the operator is over 25 feet (7.6 meters) from or out of sight of the industrial truck), the brakes are set, the mast is brought to the vertical position, and forks are left in the down position, either:
(A) The power shall be shut off and, when left on an incline, the wheels shall be blocked; or
(B) The power may remain on provided the wheels are blocked, front and rear.
(17) When the operator of an industrial truck is dismounted and within 25 feet (7.6 meters) of the truck which remains in the operator's view, the load engaging means shall be fully lowered, controls placed in neutral, and the brakes set to prevent movement.
EXCEPTION: Forks on fork-equipped industrial trucks may be in the raised position for loading and unloading by the operator if the forks are raised no more than 42 inches above the same level on which the industrial truck is located, the power is shut off, controls placed in neutral and the brakes set. If on an incline, the wheels shall be securely blocked. Whenever the forks are raised, the operator will remain in the seat of the industrial truck except when the operator is actively loading or unloading materials.
(18) Vehicles shall not be run onto any elevator unless the driver is specifically authorized to do so. Before entering an elevator, the driver shall determine that the capacity of the elevator will not be exceeded. Once on an elevator, the industrial truck's power shall be shut off and the brakes set.
(19) Motorized hand trucks shall enter elevators or other confined areas with the load end forward.
(20) Vehicles shall not be operated on floors, sidewalk doors, or platforms that will not safely support the loaded vehicle.
(21) Prior to driving onto trucks, trailers and railroad cars, their flooring shall be checked for breaks and other structural weaknesses.
(22) Vehicles shall not be driven in and out of highway trucks and trailers at loading docks until such trucks or trailers are securely blocked or restrained and the brakes set.
(23) To prevent railroad cars from moving during loading or unloading operations, the car brakes shall be set, wheel chocks or other recognized positive stops used, and blue stop signs, blue flags or blue lights displayed in accordance with Section 3333 of these Orders and Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 218.27 which is hereby incorporated by reference.
(24) The width of one tire on the powered industrial truck shall be the minimum distance maintained from the edge by the truck while it is on any elevated dock, platform, freight car or truck.
(25) Railroad tracks shall be crossed diagonally, wherever possible. Parking closer than 8 1/2 feet from the centerline of railroad tracks is prohibited.
(26) Trucks shall not be loaded in excess of their rated capacity.
(27) A loaded vehicle shall not be moved until the load is safe and secure.
(28) Extreme care shall be taken when tilting loads. Tilting forward with the load engaging means elevated shall be prohibited except when picking up a load. Elevated loads shall not be tilted forward except when the load is being deposited onto a storage rack or equivalent. When stacking or tiering, backward tilt shall be limited to that necessary to stabilize the load.
(29) The load engaging device shall be placed in such a manner that the load will be securely held or supported.
(30) Special precautions shall be taken in the securing and handling of loads by trucks equipped with attachments, and during the operation of these trucks after the loads have been removed.
(31) When powered industrial trucks are used to open and close doors, the following provisions shall be complied with:
(A) A device specifically designed for opening or closing doors shall be attached to the truck.
(B) The force applied by the device to the door shall be applied parallel to the direction of travel of the door.
(C) The entire door opening operation shall be in full view of the operator.
(D) The truck operator and other employees shall be clear of the area where the door might fall while being opened.
(32) If loads are lifted by two or more trucks working in unison, the total weight of the load shall not exceed the combined rated lifting capacity of all trucks involved.
(33) When provided by the industrial truck manufacturer, an operator restraint system such as a seat belt shall be used.
(u) The use, care and maintenance of slings used in lifting suspended loads with forklifts shall comply with the requirements of Article 101 of these orders.
Note: Authority cited: Section 142.3, Labor Code. Reference: Section 142.3, Labor Code.
1. Amendment of section title and subsection (a) filed 9-7-78; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 78, No. 36). For prior history, see Register 78, No. 30.
2. Amendment of subsection (q) filed 10-2-78 as an emergency; effective upon filing (Register 78, No. 40).
3. Certificate of Compliance filed 12-21-78 (Register 79, No. 1).
4. Amendment of subsection (q), new subsection (r), and repealer of Brake Handle Figure filed 3-20-79; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 79, No. 12).
5. New subsections (s)-(v) filed 12-12-84; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 84, No. 50).
6. Amendment filed 4-30-85; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 85, No. 18).
7. Amendment of subsection (a), new subsection (c) and relettering of subsections (d)-(t) to subsections (d)-(u) filed 7-18-91; operative 8-19-91 (Register 91, No. 47).
8. Change without regulatory effect amending section filed 9-30-91 pursuant to section 100, title 1, California Code of Regulations (Register 92, No. 2).
9. Amendment of subsection (g) and new subsection (g)(1) filed 7-21-93; operative 8-20-93 (Register 93, No. 30).
10. Amendment of subsection (a), repealer of subsection (b), subsection relettering, and amendment of newly designated subsection (g) filed 5-27-98; operative 6-26-98 (Register 98, No. 22).
11. Amendment of subsection (a), redesignation of former subsection (b) as subsection (b)(1) and amendment thereof, new subsection (b)(2) and amendment of subsection (d) filed 3-1-99; operative 3-1-99 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(d) (Register 99, No. 10).
12. Amendment of section, including redesignation of former section 3664(a)(1)-(32) to section 3650(s)(1)-(32), filed 5-28-2002; operative 6-27-2002 (Register 2002, No. 22).
13. New subsection (c), subsection relettering and amendment of newly designated subsection (g) filed 11-2-2006; operative 12-2-2006 (Register 2006, No. 44).
14. Amendment of subsection (t)(23) filed 12-31-2007; operative 1-30-2008 (Register 2008, No. 1).
15. New subsection (a), subsection relettering, amendment of newly designated subsections (b)(1)-(3) and new subsection (t)(33) filed 2-13-2009; operative 3-15-2009 (Register 2009, No. 7).
16. Amendment of subsection (t)(23) filed 10-28-2009; operative 11-27-2009 (Register 2009, No. 44).
17. Editorial correction of subsection (a) (Register 2011, No. 8).
18. New subsection (u) filed 10-23-2012; operative 11-22-2012 (Register 2012, No. 43).
19. Change without regulatory effect amending subsection (b)(3) filed 9-17-2013 pursuant to section 100, title 1, California Code of Regulations (Register 2013, No. 38).
20. Amendment of subsection (l ) filed 4-14-2014; operative 7-1-2014 (Register 2014, No. 16).
21. Amendment of subsection (t)(17) - EXCEPTION filed 7-31-2017; operative 10-1-2017 (Register 2017, No. 31).

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