If you sometimes find the rules and regulations surrounding forklift operation hard to fathom (are they all written by lawyers?), try this refreshingly simple summary from Canada’s Natonal Occupation Health & Safety Centre Resource.
Here you will find a safety checklist and basic guidelines to safe operation. Of course not everything in your environment may be covered but it is a great starting point. Needless to say, reading this does not constitute training which is why site and equipment specific training is so important.