Forklift operators in British Columbia are required to have comprehensive training that meets CSA standard B335-04 and CSA B335-15 Safety Standards for Lift Trucks and WorkSafe BC Workers Compensation Act, Part 3: OHS and Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, Part 16: Mobile Equipment.
This course provides comprehensive classroom theory and practical hands-on training for employees working around or operating forklift/lift trucks in the workplace. Forklifts/Lift trucks are commonly used to handle and move material safely and efficiently. This course will verify employees understanding and demonstration of the concepts and methods listed below. Complete course length 8 hours (4 hours theory – 4 hours practical)
THEORY PORTION (4 Hours):
Anyone working around or operating forklift and lift trucks
Maximum 8 students per class
Approximately 4 hours (classroom theory training)
Each participant will be instructed in accordance with CSA standards, WorkSafe BC and Federal Regulations.
The following topics will be covered in this course:
- Federal and Provincial legislation
- CSA related codes and standards
- Material Handling Equipment part identification
- Pre-shift inspection requirements
- Machine capacity and stability factors
- Safe operations practice
- Safe loading/unloading procedures
Along with these general lessons participants will receive training specific to their work requirements and equipment used on site.
PRACTICAL PORTION (4 Hours):
Maximum 2 students per examination time
1 hour per group
Participants are taught in the safe use of equipment specific to their job site. Each student will receive one hour of training on the lift equipment specific to their current job requirements. Operational training and safe use can be applied to the following types of machinery:
- 3 – 5000 # s/d c/d Lift truck
- 6 – 9000 # s/d c/b Lift truck
- 10,000 plus # s/d c/b Lift truck
- Reach Fork
- Side Stacker
- Rider Pallet Movers
- Stock Pickers
- Stock Picker with Guide Wires
- Swing Reach Turret
- Walk Type Forklift
- Power Movers
Workers and forklift/lift truck operators responsible for filling and connecting propane tanks to equipment must be trained and certified in the Propane handling and filling course, Filling Forklift Cylinders by Volume.
Upon conclusion of the course, participants will have; developed a comprehensive understanding of the above topics, and participated in group discussions and exercises. Students will also observe a demonstration and practice in the safe use of worksite specific material handling equipment.
A Record of Training (ROT) certificate will be issued upon successful completion of the course. The ROT certificate for Forklift Operator training is valid for 3 years. (Reference CSA B335.15 clause 6.21.1)
Federal – Canada Labour Code Part 2: Occupational Health and Safety
Provincial – WorkSafe BC applicable Regulations, Policies and Guidelines relating to the: Workers Compensation Act: Part 3 – OHS and Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, Part 16: Mobile Equipment
CSA Standard CSA series B335-94 Industrial Lift Truck Operator Training
ATTENTION HEALTH AND SAFETY ADVISORS/EMPLOYERS
WorkSafe BC’s Occupational Health and Safety regulation require all employees who operate mobile equipment receive adequate instruction in the safe use of each type/specific equipment operated at the work site. This instruction must include both classroom and hands-on practical training. Lift truck operator training must meet the requirements of the Canadian Standard Association, B335-94 “Industrial Lift Truck Operator Training”.
Re-training will be deemed necessary if an operator has been operating unsafely, has been in an accident or near miss, or has received a poor evaluation.
In accordance to clause 6.21.2, ‘upgrade training shall be given to the lift truck operators when; a) equipment is introduced into the workplace that is unfamiliar to the operator; b) the equipment used by the operator is modified; c) the operating condition or the environment in which the operator works has changed, such as different area or different loads. d) applicable legislation change; e) skill or knowledge deficiencies have been identified.
NOTE: Supervisors are responsible for monitoring operator performance on an ongoing basis – taking note of any need for upgrade training
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