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Do I Need Manufacturer Approval to Install Telematics/Access Control

This article will help you understand the OSHA regulations for installing Telematics in detail.

What are OSHA Regulations?

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) regulations are the American national standards developed to ensure workplace health and safety for all employees. OSHA's primary rule is that employers are obligated to provide a safe workplace environment. 29CFR.1910.178(a)(4) is one such regulation that covers the modification of industrial trucks by end-users.

What OSHA Regulation 29CFR.1910.178(a)(4) says?

According to OSHA Regulation 29CFR.1910.178(a)(4) any modifications and additions which affect capacity and safe operation shall not be performed by the customer or user without manufacturers prior written approval. Capacity, operation, and maintenance instruction plates, tags, or decals shall be changed accordingly.

1910.178(a)(4) covers any modification made to the forklift that could or would affect its safe operation, lifting capacity or maintenance, or modify the meaning of any plates, tags or decals. Modifying the hydraulics, forks masts or driver protections, falls under this rule.

As an end-user, per OSHA standards you may be able to install the telematics equipment and access control relays without violating this regulation. However, if you have concerns we recommend that you talk to your equipment dealer or OEM.

If you have any questions/concerns please email support to submit a ticket.