The Aerial Boom Lift (Genie Boom) safety courses from Safety First Training are OHSA based programs that teach the different types of aerial platforms and components, pre-operation inspection, safe operation requirements including setup, operating and moving the machine and hazard avoidance. Zoom Boom Operator Training is offered around Southern Ontario including Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Markham, Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, Niagara, Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge. We also offer Train the Trainer courses for Aerial Genie Boom Lifts.

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Aerial Boom Lift (Genie Boom) Training

This Aerial Boom Lift (Genie Boom) course is designed using the following parameters:
• CSA Standard CSA-B354.2-01 (R2013) – The CSA Safety Standard for Aerial lifts/platforms, identifies the knowledge, practical skills and evaluation requirements needed by aerial lift operators. The practical evaluation requires lift truck operators to demonstrate competency skill level equal or greater to the industry accepted measurements.
• Occupational Health and Safety Act, REGULATION 851. INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS as it pertains to aerial lift safety training

Course Outline:
• Course Introduction
• Related Government legislation
• Aerial Lift Safety Video
• Responsibilities of the workers, supervisors and employers
• Identify various types of aerial lifts
• Pre-operational checks
• Inspection, maintenance, and records
• Lift capacity and load limitations
• Requirements and inspection of Fall Protection Equipment
• Safe operating procedures

Operating a genie boom aerial lift can be dangerous if proper safety precautions are not taken. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind when operating a genie boom aerial lift:

  1. Conduct a pre-operation inspection: Before using the lift, conduct a thorough inspection of the machine to ensure that it is in good working condition. Check for any signs of damage, loose or missing parts, and leaks.
  2. Review the operator’s manual: Read and understand the operator’s manual thoroughly before using the lift. Pay attention to the manufacturer’s guidelines on weight capacity, proper usage, and emergency procedures.
  3. Wear appropriate personal protective equipment: Always wear a hard hat, safety harness, and other personal protective equipment (PPE) required by the job or the manufacturer.
  4. Check the surroundings: Before using the lift, check the area for any hazards such as overhead power lines, obstructions, uneven ground, or soft soil.
  5. Secure the work area: Use barricades or warning signs to secure the work area to prevent unauthorized access or pedestrian traffic.
  6. Ensure the lift is on level ground: Always use the lift on level ground to prevent tipping. Use outriggers or stabilizers when necessary to stabilize the lift.
  7. Use the lift controls correctly: Use the lift controls smoothly and deliberately to prevent sudden movements. Always keep hands and feet away from moving parts.
  8. Never overload the lift: Never exceed the manufacturer’s recommended weight capacity for the lift. Overloading the lift can cause it to tip over or fail.
  9. Stay alert: Stay focused and alert while operating the lift. Do not use the lift if you are fatigued, impaired, or distracted.
  10. Have a rescue plan: Have a rescue plan in place in case of an emergency. This includes having a means of communication, a rescue kit, and trained personnel on standby.

By following these safety tips, you can help prevent accidents and injuries when operating a genie boom aerial lift.


Train the Trainer – Aerial Genie Boom Lift

Our professional Train the Trainer certification course for Aerial Genie Boom Lifts allow our clients to learn how to teach OHSA based courses directly to their employees. When individuals or groups of employees need safety training, these train the trainer programs can be more cost effective than hiring outside training companies. We will train you to be an effective Aerial Genie Boom Lift safety trainer for your company.

Our Train the Trainer Course Package include:

  • Professional Teaching Guide
  • Participant Course Handout
  • Evaluation Forms
  • Wall Certificate template
  • Instructor Course Presentation
  • Course Test and Answer Key
  • Course Video Supplement
  • Wallet Card template

Aerial Lift Facts

Aerial Boom Lift (Genie Boom)

  • Also known as a Telescopic boom
  • Perfect for areas with limited access in construction and industrial applications
  • Easy to adjust drive speed
  • The Genie Boom is a motorized vehicle with a platform and safety rails that can move around a warehouse area. The platform can be raised vertically so that workers can gain entrance to work areas that are out of normal reach. Genie Boom operators are required to be trained in fall protection safety as workers can be lifted to increased heights and their safety harnesses must be worn at all times.

Scissor Lift

  • Also known as an aerial work platform, elevating work platform or mobile elevating work platform
  • Generally used for general maintenance
  • Usually capable of being set up and operated by a single person

Bucket Truck

  • A bucket truck is used for lifting and lowering workers to places that are too tall for ladders
  • Some are designed with a single or double arm boom
  • Can be constructed of wood, fiberglass, metal or reinforced plastic

Safety – Always!


  • Work in compliance with your provincial Occupational Health and Safety Regulations
  • Read and follow your employer’s procedures for Health and Safety
  • Read and follow any equipment Operator’s and Manufacturer’s Manual
  • Wear proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Adhere to equipment lifting capacity information and warning signs
  • Conduct pre-shift inspections, pre-start up inspections, visual inspections
  • Report the absence or defect in any equipment or protective device
  • Test all equipment functions to ensure proper working condition
  • Avoid hazardous situations, steep slopes, grades and drop offs
  • Use the equipment for what is was intended and designed for
  • Ensure you are properly trained and authorized to use the equipment

Click here for a general safety video for Aerial Boom Lifts

  • Duration:

    Up to 8 hours depending on participants’ experience levels

  • Assessment:

    A passing grade of 75% is required in order to receive a certificate

  • Completion:

    Upon successful completion of this course, participants will receive a PDF wall certificate and PDF wallet card for their records

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