Safe Operation of a Fork Lift/Lift Truck


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Course Summary

Lift trucks and mobile equipment accidents are preventable and unacceptable. Their widespread use requires that individuals working on, and around, lift trucks recognize hazards associated with the equipment and the environment in which lift trucks are operated.

Our program is designed to provide participants with the knowledge required to identify hazards and, properly inspect and safely operate the equipment.

In order to receive a certificate of competency, the participant must achieve a passing grade on the written in-class test, and he / she must pass the practical skills evaluation. The practical skills evaluation must be performed at the worker’s place of employment.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain competency requirements
  • Identify hazards
  • Discuss stability principles
  • Perform pre-operational checks
  • Follow safe operating procedures
  • Identify different fuel sources and hazards associated with them

Our course is designed in accordance with CSA B335-15 Safety Standard for Lift Trucks.

Equipment Evaluation

Upon completion of the theory portion of the program, a hands-on practical evaluation is required to complete the certification. OSG recommends that practical evaluations be completed within 90 days of completing the theory portion of the program.

Target Audience

Lift truck operators, supervisors, JHSC members, and Health & Safety representatives.

Legislative Reference

Ont. Reg. 851 – Industrial Establishments s. 51(2)
Ont. Reg. 213/91 – Construction Projects 96. (1)

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    What Canadian Standard Association (CSA) standard applies to Fork Lift / Lift Trucks? I need to have a driver’s license to operate a forklift / lift truck?No you do not need a driver’s license to operate these vehicles. However every driver must have received training including part time, seasonal, substitute, and occasional operators.Does a fork lift truck have to be fitted with a seat belt?Yes, all forklifts manufactured since 1993 require a seat belt to be fitted.Will trainees require a practical test as well as the theory provided by your course?For due diligence purposes the employer must have a ‘competent person’ perform testing to ensure the proper operations and maintenance of the lift trucks. However the regulations do not specify what the required qualifications for those deemed to be ‘competent’.Do enclosed cabs require an inside rearview mirror?There is no requirement for rear view mirrors inside enclosed cabs. But if the operators rear vision is restricted by something in the cab, it is recommended that a rear view mirror be present. However a forklift with and enclosed cab must be fitted with a working automatic back-up alarm.Is a horn required?Yes. This is an ANSI standard, plus the horn has to be in working order.Does a forklift need to have a capacity/data plate?Yes. The operator must be able to read the plate and determine the maximum load the machine can lift to its maximum lifting height.

Continuing Education Credits

HRPA has approved this course for 6.5 CPD hours. Please contact us at 800.815.9980 to find out more.

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