The Forklift Operator Training Program consists of a classroom theory session presented in an interactive format which covers all aspects of lift truck safety and operation. An on-site individual practical operating test will follow where incorrect operating techniques are identified and corrected and the pre-shift inspection procedures are also reviewed. New operators with limited or no operating experience will require practical training prior to the practical operating test. This program will provide the participant with the necessary knowledge to safely and correctly operate your specific class of lift truck(s) and attachments.
(i) Clause 25(2) (a) of the OHSA (Occupational Health and Safety Act) places an obligation on an employer to “provide information, instruction and supervision to a worker to protect the health or safety of the worker”. Regulation 851 is more specific and states that a lifting device is only to be operated by a competent person. “Competent person” is defined by the OHSA as someone who:
a. is qualified because of his knowledge, training, and experience to organize the work and its performance,
b. is familiar with the provisions of this Act and the regulations that apply to the work, and
c. has knowledge of any potential or actual danger to health or safety in the workplace.
(ii) The CSA Standard B335-04 recommends that lift truck operators receive retraining on both theory and practical every three years with a mid-term practical evaluation every 18 months.
CLASSROOM TRAINING CONTENT
■Current applicable legislation and guidelines
■Causes of accidents including injury and damage
■Basic and confined area manoeuvring
■Working at height (lift truck specific)
■Load integrity and selection
■Dock area safety
■Truck/trailer inspection, loading/offloading
■Travelling on grades
■Pre-shift inspection and reporting procedures
■Battery charging and changing (when applicable)
■Propane cylinder exchange (when applicable)
PRACTICAL TESTING (FOR EXISTING OPERATORS)
Practical operator testing is held on-site at your facility and is scheduled following the classroom training. The operator is tested individually and put through a series of operating tasks and manoeuvres to assess competency and safety awareness on the equipment. Pre-shift inspection and reporting procedures are also covered. Average testing time is approximately 30 minutes per operator. Additional time will be required for testing on more than 2 pieces of equipment.
■Classroom theory training■Practical operating test (on up to 2 equipment types)
■Record of training report
■Signed safety rules from each participant
■Individual wallet certificates (for participants with 80% passing score on both written and practical tests