Forklift Operator Training Standards & Regulations
Forklift operators are expected to be trained to a CSA (national) standard.
The employer is responsible for ensuring that a trainee completes training and testing to meet the performance criteria set out in the standard before the person is assigned tasks as a lift truck (forklift) operator.
Certificates and/or wallet cards issued offer proof of training.
The standard for forklift operators is CSA Standard B335-94, Industrial Lift Truck Operator Training. The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) has developed a pilot web site that provides access to CSA Standards referenced in federal, provincial, and territorial OHS Regulations. The project is funded by the CSA, WorkSafeBC, and health and safety partners across Canada. View the CSA standards online.
WorkSafe BC regulations and related materials
OHS Regulation › Part 16 Mobile Equipment
Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, Section 16.4, Competency of operators
Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, section 16.7, Equipment Standards
WCB Standard: A324 Forklift Mounted Work Platforms
[Only applies to platforms built prior to April 1998]
Safe Operation of Lift Trucks (pamphlet; PDF 88 kb)