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Safe Operation of a Lift Truck Ontario

Course Length - 8 Hours

Please note: BCRSP has previously awarded CM points for this course and may be eligible for BCRSP CM points. See BCRSP web site at for CM point criteria.

Lift Trucks and mobile equipment accidents can be prevented and are unacceptable. Their widespread use requires that individuals working on and around forklifts recognize hazards associated with the equipment and the environment in which they are operated. Our Safe Operation of a Lift Truck program is designed in accordance with CSA B335-04 Safety Standard for Lift Trucks.


Various lift truck classifications are discussed in detail, including:

  • Class I: Electric Motor Rider Truck

  • Class II: Electric Motor Narrow Aisle Truck

  • Class III: Electric Motor Hand Truck or Hand/Rider Truck

  • Class IV: Internal Combustion Engine Truck (Solid/Cushion Tires)

  • Class V: Internal Combustion Engine Truck (Pneumatic Tires)

  • Class VI: Electric & Internal Combustion Engine Tractors

  • Class VII: Rough Terrain Forklifts (vertical mast, variable reach and Truck mounted)

The module on stability includes graphic illustrations of issues around the centre of gravity and the effect of the stability triangle and pyramid with various load types and mast positions including turning, reversing and braking. The need for and content of pre-operational checks are thoroughly reviewed using video. Safe operating procedures are covered extensively, including illustrative video. The characteristics of propane, battery (i.e. electric) and diesel fuel sources are included.

In order to receive a Certificate of Competency, the participant must achieve a passing grade on the written in-class test and the practical skills evaluation. The practical skills evaluation is to be performed at the workers place of employment.

The course is broken down into the following content modules:

  • Hazard Identification

  • Competency and General Responsibilities

  • Stability Principles

  • Pre-Operational Checks

  • Safe Operating Procedures

  • Fuel Sources

  • Question and Answer

Course Material:

Participant manual, test, record of attendance and wallet card

Legislative Reference:

Ont. Reg. 851 – Industrial Establishments s. 51(2)

Ont. Reg. 213/91 Construction Projects 96. (1)

51.(2) A lifting device shall be operated,

(a) only by

(i) a competent person; or

(ii) a worker being instructed who is accompanied by a competent person

Upon completion of the theory portion of the program a hands on practical evaluation is required to complete certification. A $75/person charge applies for each evaluation.  If additional evaluations are required for different types of lifting devices, than a charge of $25/person/lifting device will apply. Hands-on evaluations must be completed within 90 days.

Forklift, lift truck FAQ's:

What Canadian Standard Association (CSA) standard applies to Fork Lift / Lift Trucks?

Must I 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.

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