Workers Health & Safety Centre

WHSC releases Elevating Work Platforms Operator Training

WHSC releases Elevating Work Platforms Operator Training
Elevating work platforms are equipment designed to allow workers to work safely at heights. However, workers may be at risk for serious and even fatal injuries if they do not receive proper training on how to recognize, assess and control hazards associated with elevating work platforms.
To help ensure operators receive adequate training the Workers Health & Safety Centre (WHSC) recently released their Elevating Work Platform training. This training program complies with the requirements set by Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Standards, B354.2-01, B354.4-02 and B354.1-04, for elevating work.
The Elevating Work Platforms Operator training encompasses eight hours of training over two days. Day one comprises six hours of an in-class session, followed on another day with approximately two hours of practicum per participant (time depending on the operator experience).
The practicum serves as a hands-on training tool for new operators, and an evaluation for experienced ones. For the practicum/evaluation, instructors must work with their WHSC training service representative to ensure the facility and equipment are appropriate and safe for training/demonstration
Note: Instructors and participants are required to use fall protection during the practicum and must have received fall protection training, prior to operating lifts.

Program Structure

The training program includes four modules delivered as follows.
Module one introduces different types of elevating work platforms and discusses their functions, safety features, characteristics, components and stability. This module also talks about how elevating work platforms are propelled and the differences between self-propelled and manually-propelled platforms. The module concludes with a buzz group exercise which serves as a review and wrap-up of the session.
Module two discusses applicable legislation, including relevant sections of the Regulations for Construction Projects, Industrial Establishments, Health Care and Residential Facilities and Mines and Mining Plants. Participants will also review duties and responsibilities of workplace parties and the process for refusing unsafe work as per the Occupational Health and Safety Act. This module also covers fall protection systems and applicable CSA standards. CSA standards address areas such as, owner responsibilities, record keeping, operator instructions, operator requirements and operator training and retraining. Participants will engage in a buzz group exercise to review and wrap this section.
Note: This section contains one PowerPoint file for all four sector regulations, requiring instructors to choose the one that applies based on participants’ needs. This reduces the number of PowerPoint files and ensures participants focus on regulations that apply to their sector.
Module three covers related health and safety hazards, including those associated with unstable ground or rough terrain, tipovers and rollovers, noise, wind speed, and conditions that lead to musculoskeletal injuries. Participants will also learn about appropriate hazard assessment and control measures. The module wraps up with a buzz group exercise designed to help participants readily identify potential hazards of operating an elevating work platform.
Module four addresses safe operating procedures and includes the practicum. The practicum begins with an active lecture designed to help participants identify and discuss safe work procedures for elevating work platforms. The session includes information about pre-operation tasks, specific start-up techniques, site and/or terrain inspection, site specific traffic rules and worksite safe procedures. Participants will then move into an operator-skills demonstration. During this demonstration participants will practice what they have learned in class by exhibiting safe operation of an elevating work platform.
Note: For propane-powered platforms, the Technical Standards and Safety Act (TSSA) requires participants receive training to address potential hazards associated with propane. To help comply with this requirement, module four includes a section on propane cylinder exchange. Participants will review the material safety data sheet (MSDS) for propane and learn about related hazards and appropriate control measures. Participants will also receive instruction on how to safely remove and install a propane fuel tank. Participants must demonstrate these tasks during the practicum.  
To learn more contact a WHSC Training Services Representative at or toll-free from anywhere in Ontario, 1-888-869-7950.