Environmental, Health and Safety Services

Is there an age restriction for operating a forklift?

Yes.  You must be at least 18 years of age in order to operate a forklift (i.e. powered industrial truck) and similar equipment in nonagricultural settings.  This requirement is from the Department of Labor's Fair Labor Standards Act, Hazardous Order No. 7.  In agricultural settings, you must be at least 16 years of age in order to operate a forklift or similar equipment.