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Canada Forklift Safety

Online Training Certification Course

OHS Safety Standards

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This forklift course presents an overview of powered lift trucks. It details applicable regulations, risk identification, and hazard control. Forklift training topics also include lift truck classes, safe operating procedures, inspection and maintenance, and employer/employee responsibilities.

Forklifts are used in multiple industries to transport and lift heavy loads, but their improper use can cause serious injuries and even death. Most forklift accidents occur due to insufficient safety training, driver errors, or negligent worksite behaviours. Actions such as traveling with loads up, failing to yield to right-of-way, and improper turning/lifting techniques endanger forklift operators and nearby workers.

This course is for:
Anyone who works with or in the vicinity of forklifts must receive forklift certification training. This includes, but is not limited to, workers, employers, and supervisors across industries such as warehousing, manufacturing, construction, transport, forestry, and shipyards.

This online training course meets the requirements set forth by the OHS Safety Standards for Lift Trucks (Forklifts), as well as Province and Territory specific regulations.

Case Study: Two workers were picking up trash from a parking lot using a forklift. The workers had suspended a trash bucket from the left blade of the fork. As trash was collected by one worker, it was placed into the bucket. When the bucket was full, the other worker, who was operating the lift truck, raised the trash bucket above the dumpster so the first worker could tip the trash into the container. The trash was not coming out easily, so the operator moved the forks up and down rapidly in an attempt to jostle the trash out of the bucket. Suddenly, the right blade of the fork became dislodged, striking the first worker in the head and killing him. It was later discovered that the workers had failed to perform an appropriate vehicle inspection. There were several problems with the forks that contributed to the accident. In addition, this type of lift truck was not appropriate to the task at hand.

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Governing Regulations

There are 14 jurisdictions in Canada - 1 federal, 10 provincial, and 3 territorial. Each jurisdiction has its own health and safety legislation. The Canada Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulations are the federal legislation enabled by the Canada Labour Code. Forklifts are covered under OHS Part 14, Materials Handling, as well as the Canadian standard CSA B335-15. OHS has also created the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (OHS Act), which is a document that outlines workers' rights and responsibilities, including the right to stop work that is deemed hazardous or unsafe. OHS also lists the penalties and enforcement techniques to be used if these guidelines are not followed.

To supplement the overarching regulations created by OHS, individual provinces and territories often set their own regulations (in accordance with federal bodies) specific to their needs. Before implementing forklift classes, ensure that you are familiar with the regulations specific to your province or territory.

What You'll Learn

Specific topics and industry best practices covered in this course include:

    Basic Concepts and Definitions
  • Lift Truck
  • Reasonably Practicable
  • Competent Person
    Regulatory Bodies
  • Lift Truck Safety Regulations-OHS
  • Lift Truck Safety Regulations-CSA
  • Lift Truck Safety Regulations-ANSI
  • Lift Truck Safety Regulations-By Province or Territory
  • Risk Identification
  • Conducting a Site Survey
  • Creating a Written Hazard Report
  • Hazard Assessment and Planning
  • Risk Control
  • Posting Signage
  • Ongoing Attention/Awareness
    Lift Truck Selection
  • Lift Truck Classes
    • Class 1 - Electric Motor Rider Trucks
    • Class 2 - Electric Motor Narrow Aisle Trucks
    • Class 3 - Electric Motor Hand Trucks or Hand/Rider Trucks
    • Classes 4 and 5 - Internal Combustion Engine Trucks (Solid/Cushion Tires and Pneumatic Tires)
    • Class 6 - Electric and Internal Combustion Engine Tractors
    • Class 7 - Rough-terrain Forklift Trucks
  • Stand-up and Sit-down Lifts
  • Platform, Pallet, and Straddle Lifts
  • Lift Truck Attachments
  • Hazards and Factors to Consider When Selecting a Lift Truck
    Lift Truck Safety
  • Operator Safety
    • Competence
    • Equipment and Features
    • Preventing Injury
  • Other Workers' Safety
    • Unattended Controls
    • Raising or Lowering Workers
    • Pedestrians
  • Safe Operating Procedures
    • Driving
    • Elevating a Load
    • Additional Equipment
    • Additional Site- and Situation-specific Safety
  • Inspection and Maintenance
    • Competence of Maintenance Technicians
    • Recommended Inspection Points
    • Standard Maintenance Tasks and Procedures (Batteries)
    • Standard Maintenance Tasks and Procedures (Fuel Tanks)
  • Employer
    • Regulations
    • Training
    • Maintenance
  • Supervisor
    • Inspection
    • Training
    • Risk Management
  • Employee-Training and Regulations
    Additional Resources

It will take a MINIMUM of 2 hours to complete this online course. The student may log on and off as needed. A bookmark will be set so when they log back in they will return to where they left off.

We have no restrictions on how long a person takes to complete a course. Likewise, if you are purchasing for others, we have no time limit on assigning courses. So you can purchase a larger quantity than you currently need and take advantage of volume discounts.

Employers are responsible for training new personnel before assigning them to tasks that may expose them to powered industrial trucks, including forklifts. According to OHS regulations, employees working with and around forklifts must receive initial and refresher safety training.

To ensure compliance with OHS safety training standards, forklift training must be conducted at least every two years, or in the event of an accident caused by operator error. New or modified equipment and operating conditions require additional training as well. This online certification meets these training requirements.

Each student will receive 0.2 CEUs (or 2 CMEs) from Compliance Training Online® for completing this course.

Jacob S Verified
Canada Forklift Safety

I think this course was very useful and the readings and quizzes before hand well prepared me for the exam.

Raymond J Verified
Canada Forklift Safety

it was great and easy to use

Daniel W Verified
Canada Forklift Safety

very simple, not extremely time consuming. great information details. easily understandable

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Benjohn A Verified
Canada Forklift Safety

Very well explained and its easy to understand all the topics..

Kaw S Verified
Canada Forklift Safety

this online course is very helpful to me because i can seating down alone by myself and listen to it carefully.

Gary H Verified
Canada Forklift Safety

I gained a great deal of insight into the safe operation of the various types of equipment. Thank you.

Mark S Verified
Canada Forklift Safety

Amazing! Both written and verbal so you can follow along. The speaker moved quickly and clearly. Case studies weee good in that they inflect importance to the material. Great Course.

Andrew C Verified
Canada Forklift Safety

Good course.

Keith H Verified
Canada Forklift Safety

It was clear and concise. nice job.

Peter S Verified
Canada Forklift Safety

Great course and nice and easy



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