Why You Have to
Every single day a forklift or aerial lift accident occurs, ranging from devastating fatalities to serious injuries, equipment and product damage or even building destruction. Simply put, in untrained hands mobile equipment can be a dangerous liability for you and your workforce. This is why forklift training is a requirement. What you need to know as an employer — the bottom line — is that operators must be trained, and trained to a specific standard.
Here are the BC regulations for forklift training:
Forklift regulations in BC come under: WorkSafeBC, OHS Section 16: Mobile Equipment “A person must not operate mobile equipment unless the person has received adequate instruction in the safe use of the equipment”.
Effective September 1 2021 training must comply with CSA Standard B335-15, and refresher training should take place very 3 years.
Aerial lift regulations in BC come under: WorkSafeBC OHS Section 13 and follow CSA Standard B354.2 for scissor lifts and B354.4 for boom lifts.
Employers are responsible for ensuring that employees receive this training. Employers must then provide supervision and control in the workplace to ensure operators meet the standards on an ongoing basis.
Employers must exercise due diligence under general duty: “despite the absence of a specific requirement, all work must be carried out without undue risk of injury or disease to any person.”
Why You Want To
When it comes to forklift training: you must do it, you must do it right and it’s the right thing to do.
Protect your people
Employees are your biggest cost. Trained operators are an asset not a liability.
Protect your business.
Provide a safe working environment for workers and customers.
Protect your equipment.
Trained operators take more pride in the job leading to less equipment downtime.
Protect your product.
Trained operators are more efficient and accurate causing less product damage.
Why Train With Us
Forklift training is an investment and we guarantee results. We truly believe in what we do and care about our clients. We know a flexible, friendly approach ensures operators learn not just what and how but also why. We know that every client’s needs are different, and a cookie-cutter forklift certification or online program doesn’t cut it.
Training is not the end of the story. We offer ongoing support:
- Help with pre-shift inspection systems
- Feedback on how to improve forklift safety
- What you need to comply with regulations
- Suggestions on pedestrian safety measures
- Recommendations for forklift maintenance
- Hints for supervisors of forklift operators
- Tips for writing your own in-house forklift policy
- Certification and recertification programs
- Replacement evaluations if documents are lost
- Regular safety updates via our newsletter