Canada Scissor Lift Safety

This course is intended as an overview of the Safety Standards for aerial scaffolds (specifically Scissor Lifts) set by Canada's OHS.

Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
English
Course Length: 2 Hours

What you'll learn

  • Introduction to Scissor Lift Safety
  • Scissor Lift Fatalities and Injuries
  • Definitions
  • Responsibilities
  • Safety Factors and Requirements
  • Manufacturer Criteria
  • Classification of Hazards
  • Uneven Surfaces
  • Falling
  • Overloading
  • Electrocution
  • Overextension
  • Nearby Work
  • Inclement Weather/Hazardous Atmosphere
  • Inexperience/Improper Operation
  • Mechanical Defects and Maintenance
  • Inadvertent Operation

Course Description

This training is intended as an overview of the Safety Standards for aerial scaffolds (specifically Scissor Lifts) providing explanations of the various requirements set by Canada’s OHS. The approach is to cover hazard identification, avoidance, and control, along with practical information on safe work practices.

The Canada OHS Scissor Lift Safety course consists of content, graphics, audio, self check (non-scored) questions, and a final exam.

Course Outline

Canada Scissor Lift Safety Course Outline

Course Objectives

Introduction to Scissor Lift Safety

Scissor Lift Fatalities and Injuries

Definitions

Responsibilities

Safety Factors and Requirements

  • Rated Work Load and Material Requirements
  • Proof Test
  • Ductile and Nonductile Materials
  • Stability
  • Fueling and Battery Charging
  • Elevated Driving and Snagged Platform Requirements

Manufacturer Criteria

  • Interlock Requirements
  • System Protection-Unintended Platform Motion
  • Power System
  • Brakes
  • Welding Standards, Electrical System, and Quality Control

Classification of Hazards

Uneven Surfaces

  • Slope Warning
  • Obstructions or Holes
  • Outriggers
  • Brakes and Wheel Chocks

Falling

  • Fall Protection
  • Guardrails
  • Working Outside or Above Scissor lift Railings
  • Three-Point Contact for Safety

Overloading

  • Load Limits
  • Use for Transport of Materials

Electrocution

  • Electrocution
  • Insulated Components
  • Contact with Overhead Wires
  • Power Tools

Overextension

  • Overextension
  • Emergency Stops

Nearby Work

  • Nearby Work
  • Falling Objects
  • Crushing/Pinching in Scissor Lift Mechanisms

Inclement Weather/Hazardous Atmosphere

  • Wind Stability
  • Snow or Ice on Platform and Hazardous Atmosphere

Inexperience/Improper Operation

  • Untrained Workers
  • Operator Training
  • Workers Riding on Lifts

Mechanical Defects and Maintenance

  • Inspection and Maintenance Records
  • Inspections-Workplace Inspection Criteria
  • Inspections-Daily
  • Inspections-Periodic
  • Inspections-Annual
  • Inspections-Structural
  • Defective Scissor lift
  • Safety Procedure After Mechanical Failure
  • Prohibition of Alterations/Overrides
  • Maintenance
  • Operator’s Manual

Inadvertent Operation

  • Controls
  • Position of Controls

Summary

Additional Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

Who must take this training?

The Scissor Lifts Safety Training – Canada Course is designed for drivers, workers, and supervisors, emphasizing hazard identification and safe work practices that apply to all scissor lift operators.

How often is retraining or recertification required?

Retraining is required in at least the following situations:
(1) Where changes at the worksite present a hazard about which an employee has not been previously trained; or
(2) Where changes in the types of scissor lifts, or other equipment present a hazard about which an employee has not been previously trained; or
(3) Where inadequacies in an affected employee’s work involving scissor lifts indicate that the employee has not retained the requisite proficiency.

What are the governing regulations?

This online scissor lifts (aerial lifts) training and certification course follows the regulations set forth in the OHS Safety Standards for Aerial Lifts, 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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