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LEGAL REQUIREMENTS AS REQUIRED BY THE "OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY ACT AND REGULATIONS”

As laid out in Occupational Health and Safety Act, S 25(2)(A),(D) and (H) Regulation 851 has been amended to include the requirement for training and certification of powered lift truck operators. Employers are now required to ensure that workers have received instruction, training and testing in the operation of powered lift trucks. Workers must be familiar with the operating procedures of the truck that they will be operating and able to demonstrate competency in accordance with the Ministry of Labour’s “Guideline for The Safe Operation and Maintenance of Powered Lift Trucks.”

Course Content / Elements Covered:

  • The legal requirements as defined in the Occupational Health & Safety Act.
  • Causes of Forklift related accidents.
  • Hazards associated with the operation of a forklift; people, equipment, your environment, materials you handle.
  • How to ensure the safety of other workers in the area.
  • How to Inspect your lift truck.
  • Lift truck stability triangle and trapezoid, centre of gravity of load, capacity of your lift truck.
  • The effects of speed, acceleration, sharp cornering, etc.
  • Main components of the lift truck with emphasis on the lifting/handling systems and their basic functions.
  • The hazards associated with the workplace in which he/she will be working. Creation of Safety Rules to follow.
  • Fueling of a lift truck including Propane, Diesel and Batteries.
  • Wrap up and discuss how operators can make a difference.
  • Course includes a documented Driving Evaluation of the operators driving skill.

This program consists of about 6 hours of theory based training. At the end of the theory based training each participant will be required to take part in a Operator Driving Evaluation.  This evaluation consists of having the operators use the equipment they would be authorized to operate in the environment that they will be working in.

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