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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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§ 3664. Operating Rules.

(a) Every employer using industrial trucks or industrial tow tractors shall post and enforce a set of operating rules including the appropriate rules listed in Section 3650(t).
(b) Every employee who operates an agricultural or industrial tractor shall be instructed in the following procedures and in any other practices dictated by the work environment. Such information shall be provided at the time of initial assignment and at least annually thereafter. Copies of these instructions, printed in a language understood by the majority of the employees, shall be conspicuously posted at a place frequented by the drivers.
1. Securely fasten your seat belt if the tractor has a ROPS.
2. Where possible, avoid operating the tractor near ditches, embankments, and holes.
3. Reduce speed when turning, crossing slopes, and on rough, slick, or muddy surfaces.
4. Stay off slopes too steep for safe operation.
5. Watch where you are going, especially at row ends, on roads, and around trees.
6. Do not permit others to ride.
EXCEPTION: to No. 6: The operation of agricultural tractor-mounted personnel transport carriers when used, operated and maintained in accordance with Section 3441(i) of these Orders.
7. Operate the tractor smoothly -no jerky turns, starts, or stops.
8. Hitch only to the drawbar and hitch points recommended by tractor manufacturers.
9. When tractor is stopped, set brakes securely and use park lock if available.
(c) Every employee who operates an agricultural or industrial tractor shall be required to check the tractor prior to operation each day and if it is unsafe report the matter immediately to a foreman or mechanic and shall not use the tractor again until it has been made safe.
(d) Employees shall be prohibited from stunt driving or horseplay while operating an agricultural or industrial tractor.
(e) No repairs shall be performed on any agricultural or industrial trucks or tractors until arrangements have been made to reduce the probability of injury to repairmen or others caused by sudden movement or operation of such equipment or its parts.
Note: Authority cited: Section 142.3, Labor Code. Reference: Section 142.3, Labor Code.
1. Amendment and renumbering from Section 3669, and renumbering of former Section 3664 to Section 3337, filed 7-26-77; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 78, No. 30). For history of former section see Register 75, No. 49.
2. Amendment of subsection (a)(16) filed 8-9-79; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 79, No. 32).
3. New subsection (e) filed 12-26-80; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 80, No. 52).
4. Amendment of subsection (a)(22) filed 5-26-82; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 82, No. 22).
5. New subsection (a)(31) 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 subsections (a)(7), (a)(14)(A) and (a)(17) filed 9-25-96 as an emergency; operative 10-25-96 (Register 96, No. 39).
8. Amendment of subsection (a) and 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).
9. Change without regulatory effect amending subsection (a) filed 3-29-2007 pursuant to section 100, title 1, California Code of Regulations (Register 2007, No. 13).
10. New subsection (b)6. - Exception filed 9-15-2015; operative 1-1-2016 (Register 2015, No. 38).

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