Workers Health & Safety Centre

New WHSC initiative expands access to equipment operator training

Workers operating forklifts and powered elevating work platforms (PEWP) in any workplace must be competent. Access to quality training is critical to achieving this.

In fact, regulations made under Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) place significant obligations on employers to provide training to a worker who will operate any lifting device, mobile equipment, or any other powered tools or equipment, to help ensure competency. This means having the training, knowledge and demonstrated skill operating any of this equipment.

Employers must also ensure competency of supervisors who oversee the operation of equipment. And this is critical considering supervisors have significant legal obligations to advise operators of any potential or actual danger relating to its use and to ensure measures and procedures to protect their safety are in place and followed.

Workers Health and Safety Centre (WHSC), Ontario’s only government-designated training centre, fully appreciates the challenge faced by workers, employers and supervisors needing ready access to quality and essential training to ensure worker and supervisor competency. In response, WHSC has commenced a new community-based equipment operator training initiative.
REGISTER for one or both initial offerings. Don't delay! Access is limited.

WHSC Powered Elevating Work Platform Operator *
Tuesday, May 30, 2023 (8:00 am to 4:30 pm)
Toronto (Scarborough)
Cost: $152.00
Prerequisite: Working at Heights

WHSC Forklift Operator **
Tuesday, June 6 to Wednesday, June 7, 2023
(Day One—8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Day Two—8:30 am to 11:30 am)
Toronto (Scarborough)
Cost: $152.00
** Developed to meet the standards outlined in the Ontario Ministry of Labour's Guidelines for Safe Operations and Maintenance of Powered Lift Trucks and the Canadian Standards Association Standard B335-15.

When registering be sure to click on the “In-person” training tab to locate both programs. 

Compliance and demonstrated competence

WHSC operator training courses introduce participants to the characteristics and components of the specific equipment along with the many hazards that might place the safety of operators and others at risk. Applicable legislation and CSA standards are also be discussed along with safety features of the equipment and other precautionary measures to be considered prior to or during operation.

Just as important, each participant must demonstrate through a hands-on practicum, the principles they have learned to safely operate the applicable equipment. Once this learning is assured participants will receive a Record of Training.


As interest in equipment operator training grows, WHSC will look to add additional courses, dates and locations in communities across Ontario. Please continue to visit WHSC training registration page for updates.

Learn about the many WHSC equipment operator training programs.

Learn more about the Canadian Standards Association CSA Standard B335-15 Safety Standard for lift trucks.

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