The Reach Forklift Operator Training Course from Safety First Training is an OHSA based program that teaches pre-operation forklift inspection, safe operator requirements, proper forklift load handling, operating and moving the machine and hazard avoidance. We also offer 4 Dimensional Forklift (Combi-lift) Training. 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 Reach Forklifts.

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Reach Forklift Operator Training and Certification

Our comprehensive Reach Forklift Operator Training course is tailored to meet the stringent guidelines outlined by the CSA Standard B335-15, which sets forth the knowledge and skills necessary for safe lift truck operations. This standard underscores the importance of practical skills and thorough evaluations, ensuring that operators achieve a competency level that meets or exceeds industry benchmarks.

Additionally, this course adheres to the requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, specifically REGULATION 851 for Industrial Establishments, focusing on lift truck safety.

Course Outline:

  • Introduction to Reach Forklift Operator Training
  • Overview of Related Government Legislation
  • Reach Forklift Safety Instructional Video
  • Roles and Responsibilities of Workers, Supervisors, and Employers
  • Identification of Different Types of Lift Trucks
  • Pre-operational Checks
  • Inspection, Maintenance, and Record-Keeping
  • Understanding Lift Capacity and Load Limitations
  • Fuel Safety for Electric and Propane Equipment
  • Safe Operating Procedures

Reach forklifts are essential in industries like manufacturing, warehousing, and construction, requiring specialized skills for safe operation. Proper training is crucial for the safety of all workplace personnel.

Under Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act, employers must provide comprehensive training to workers on the operation of powered lift trucks, including reach forklifts, ensuring their health and safety.

Narrow Aisle Reach Truck Operator Training in Ontario

Training for reach forklift operators is critical in Ontario for a number of reasons:

  • Legal Compliance: It is a legal requirement for Ontario employers to train their staff adequately in the operation of reach forklifts. Non-compliance could lead to substantial fines, penalties, and legal responsibilities.
  • Enhanced Safety: Effective training for reach forklift operators is key to preventing workplace accidents and injuries. It ensures operators are fully aware of the hazards and proficient in safe operation techniques.
  • Boost in Efficiency: Operators who are thoroughly trained perform their tasks more efficiently, which can significantly enhance productivity and increase the profitability of the business.
  • Less Equipment Damage: Well-trained operators are less likely to damage the forklift or related equipment, leading to cost savings on repairs and maintenance.
  • Better Employee Morale: Providing training shows a commitment to the safety and well-being of employees, which can lead to improved job satisfaction and morale.

Overall, training for reach forklift operators is an essential aspect of maintaining workplace safety and ensuring compliance with regulations in Ontario. Proper training not only prevents injuries and accidents but also enhances overall productivity and employee morale.

For additional details on the Ontario Ministry of Labour’s forklift inspection standards, please explore website.

Train the Trainer – Narrow Aisle Reach Forklift Certification

Our specialized Train, the Trainer certification program for Reach Forklifts, equips your team to deliver OHSA-compliant safety training directly within your organization. This program is an efficient and cost-effective alternative to external training services, perfect for businesses needing to train individual employees or groups.

By participating in this course, you will become a proficient safety trainer for reach forklifts, capable of effectively educating your colleagues on essential safety practices.

Included in the Train the Trainer Course Package:

  • Professional Teaching Guide: A comprehensive resource to guide your training sessions.
  • Participant Course Handout: Essential materials for course attendees.
  • Evaluation Forms: Tools to assess the effectiveness of the training.
  • Wall Certificate Template: For recognizing the successful completion of training.
  • Instructor Course Presentation: A detailed presentation to assist in delivering the course content.
  • Course Test and Answer Key: To evaluate participants’ understanding and retention.
  • Course Video Supplement: Visual aids to enhance learning.
  • Wallet Card Template: For creating proof of certification for trained participants.


Key Insights on Forklift Types and Safety

Counterbalance Forklifts (Electric or Propane):

  • Available in two types: Electric and Propane.
  • Commonly known as forklifts or lift trucks.
  • Equipped with various attachments to streamline tasks, though proper training on their usage is essential.

Narrow Aisle Reach Trucks:

  • Features a ‘deadman’ pedal for immediate braking.
  • Capable of lifting to 4500 lbs, depending on the model.
  • Can reach heights up to 30.5 feet.
  • Designed for operation in an upright position, ideal for handling and storing products in tight spaces.

Swing Reach Trucks:

  • Requires specialized training distinct from that of Narrow Aisle Reach Trucks.
  • Optimizes storage density, potentially tripling storage capacity depending on the model.

Dock Stockers:

  • Also known as Reach Trucks, but with distinct operating systems.
  • Available in sit-down and stand-up models.
  • Some models support a load capacity between 3000 to 5000 lbs.

Walkie/Walkie Rider (Pallet Jack):

  • Known for easy maneuverability and responsiveness.
  • Excellent for low-level order picking.

Order Pickers:

  • Facilitates efficient picking at three levels: low, medium, and high.
  • Often referred to as cherry pickers.

High-Capacity Forklifts:

  • Lifting capacities range from 19000 lbs to 105821 lbs, depending on the model.
  • Designed to handle heavy loads with ease.

Zoom Booms:

  • Suitable for outdoor use on rough terrain.
  • Lifting capacity ranges from 3000 lbs to 46000 lbs.
  • Compatible with various attachments.

Safety Guidelines:

  • Always comply with local Occupational Health and Safety Regulations.
  • Follow your employer’s Health and Safety procedures.
  • Consult equipment Operator’s and Manufacturer’s Manuals.
  • Wear the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • Adhere to posted lifting capacities and safety warnings.
  • Perform thorough pre-shift and pre-start inspections.
  • Report any equipment or safety device defects immediately.
  • Test all equipment functions before use.
  • Avoid using equipment on steep slopes or near drop-offs.
  • Only use the equipment for its intended purpose.
  • Ensure you are properly trained and authorized before using any equipment.

For a general safety overview on operating Reach Forklifts, visit webiste.

Course Duration:

The training session spans up to 8 hours. The actual duration may vary based on the participants’ prior experience.

Assessment Criteria:

Participants need to achieve a minimum score of 75% on the assessment to pass the course.


Upon successful completion, participants will be awarded a PDF certificate for wall display and a PDF wallet card, both of which will be emailed for their records.

Click here to watch a general safety video on Reach Forklifts.

  • Duration:

    The course duration is up to 8 hours, depending on experience level.

  • 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 certification and PDF wallet card for their records.

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