Canada Forklift Safety

This course presents an overview of lift truck safety practices, types of lift trucks, and responsibilities of the employer, supervisor, and employee.

Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
Course Length: 2 Hours

What you'll learn

  • Introduction to Lift Truck Safety Training
  • Basic Concepts and Definitions
  • Regulatory Bodies
  • Risks
  • Lift Truck Selection
  • Lift Truck Safety
  • Responsibilities

Course Description

This course presents an overview of lift truck safety practices. It covers identifying and controlling risks in the workplace, types of lift trucks, how to select the appropriate equipment for a job, operator and co-worker safety, inspection and maintenance procedures, and the responsibilities of the employer, supervisor, and employee in regard to lift truck safety. This course also outlines regulatory bodies and their impact on lift truck safety.

The Canada Lift Truck Safety training course consists of content, graphics, audio, non-scored quiz questions, and a final exam.

Course Outline

Canada Forklift Safety Course Outline

Course Objectives

Introduction to Lift Truck Safety Training

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


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Frequently Asked Questions

Who must take this training?

The Lift Truck Safety Training – Canada Course is designed for employers, workers, and supervisors, emphasizing hazard identification and safe work practices that apply to anyone working with or in the vicinity of a lift truck.

How often is retraining or recertification required?

Employees must undergo recertification 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.

What are the governing regulations?

This online lift truck (forklift) training and certification course follows the regulations set forth in the OHS Safety Standards for Lift Trucks (Forklifts), as well as Province and Territory specific regulations.

Navigation Strategies

Beginners: Complete the course in order from beginning to end. Once any topic is completed, you will have full access to it at any time for one year after registration, to use as a resource.

Intermediate/Advanced Users: Use the course as a flexible resource tool to find what you need, whenever you need it. Try the assessment tests first, if you get 80%+ you can move to the next level, if you get less than 80% you should complete the lecture. This gives you a pre and post-assessment score, which can be used to track your skills improvements.

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