Emission Testing is Critical to Healthy Air Quality in Your Plant
We at Tri-Lift believe that every customer using an internal combustion forklift inside a warehouse should be testing their equipment once every year and more if employee complaints have occurred. This will help customers maintain a healthy work environment for all.
The test that is performed will only take approximately ¾ of an hour and a printout will be provided upon completion with the results. If unit does not meet safety standards, we would provide an estimated cost to try and bring unit back into compliance. If unit passes, we will give you documentations of the unit passing.
On this page is an OSHA reference to internal combustion forklifts operating in an indoor facility. It clearly points out that monitoring the air quality of your facility is key to a healthy work environment. Forklifts that are internal combustion could play a key role to an unsafe work environment.
Tri-Lift has an on-site testing program with OSHA approved testing equipment to help monitor and protect your work environment.
Indoor Air Quality
When used indoors, forklifts powered with internal combustion engines can present indoor air quality hazards. Cold weather, with the closing of doors and windows, may increase the risk.
- Concentration of fumes.
Requirements and Recommended Practices:
- Do not operate a gasoline/propane/diesel engine for long periods of time in a confined area, such as a truck trailer
- Shut the engine off when staying inside a small, confined area like a trailer.
- Do not operate a combustion engine within a warehouse, plant or onboard ship without adequate ventilation.
- Be careful in cold weather. Doors and windows which are normally open may be closed and exhaust and other gases may concentrate.
- Be careful in small rooms or blocked off areas where gases may accumulate.
- Drive sensibly. Avoid racing the engine or idling for long periods of time.
- Properly maintain engines and do not operate an engine requiring servicing. [29 CFR 1910.178(p)(1)]
- Consider switching to battery-powered forklifts, if much of the work is in poorly ventilated spaces or operators may be over-exposed to exhaust byproducts.
- Consider upgrading the ventilation system.
- Install CO monitors to detect levels.