Forklift Training Kitchener

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Forklift Training Kitchener

In this article we will discuss the forklift training courses Wayco provides in the Kitchener – Waterloo region. Wayco has been keeping people safe across Ontario for 20 years. We specialize in providing training to experienced individuals or groups who wish to enhance their current skills and to those who are new and need to obtain certification for a new career. We are a reliable and reputable company that sets high standards and offers superior training. We strive every day to provide our customers with excellence. If you are interested, let’s talk.

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The following are some of the options for safety training that we provide:

Forklift Operator Training

Forklift Classification Overview:
Forklift Operator training is for new forklift operators and forklift operators who need to be renewed. With so many different types of forklifts, you will need to choose the right equipment for your application.

Class Description Ideal Use Benefit
 Class 1 Electric Motor Rider Truck

Loading/unloading tractor trailer, handling pallets

Electric means no emissions, minimal noise
 Class 2 Electric Motor Narrow Aisle Trucks Operating in tight spaces handling pallets
picking/storing inventory
Can be used to gain more storage space in same warehouse footprint
 Class 3 Electric Motor Hand Trucks or Hand/Rider Trucks Unloading deliveries from tractor-trailers; short runs in smaller Rider and walk-behind (“walkie”) options
 Class 4 Internal Combustion Engine Trucks (Solid/Cushion Tires Moving pallets from the loading dock to storage, and vice versa Cushion tires great for low-clearance situations
 Class 5
Internal Combustion Engine Trucks (Pneumatic Tires) Versatile; trucks in this class can handle single pallets to loaded 40-foot containers Mostly for outdoor use, but also indoors in large warehouses
 Class 6 Electric and Internal Combustion Engine Tractors Commonly used for hauling of pulling loads rather than lifting; versatile Example: airport “tugger” towing luggage carts
 Class 7  Rough Terrain Forklift Trucks

Great for lumberyards/construction sites where crews need to lift building materials to high elevations

Some are equipped with telescoping mast to provider far greater reach
 Class 8  Personnel and Burden Carriers Primarily used in factories, manufacturing hubs, and warehouses to transport people, heavy equipment and materials Used in in factory manufacturing saving time, reducing damage and improve efficiency at work.

New Operator Forklift Training

Our New Forklift Operator course is designed for individuals with little or no previous lift truck experience. Our comprehensive program includes a written and practical skill assessment to validate training competencies.. We will provides students with the most current legislative information including the new CSA-B335-15 standard changes. This course can be conducted at your company’s location or at our training center. Course content is delivered through multimedia presentations and interactive discussion, then reinforced through workbooks and supplementary handouts. Participants will receive a certificate upon successful completion of this course.

Training Topics:                                                                                                                                                  Forklift pre shift inspection checklist

  • Lift truck (forklift) hazards                                                   
  • Lift truck (forklift) design and classifications 
  • Pre-operational checks (theory and practical) 
  • Standards, regulations and responsibilities
  • Fuel Sources
  • Stability
  • Safe operating procedures                  

Operator Refresher Forklift Training

The Operator Refresher Forklift Training course will enhance and refresh your forklift operation skills, support the importance of maintaining  safety techniques and adhere to driving and operating rules, regulations and guidelines for increased safety and productivity. This course as well as the new operator course is split into equal parts, hands-on practical training as well as classroom instruction.

If you have previously taken our Forklift Training certification course or training through another qualified provider and need to re-certify, please contact our Operator Training department for course availability.

Forklift operators are required to attend refresher training every 3 years as per CSA legislation B335-15.If you took your training at Wayco, we keep track of your record and will notify you prior to your renewal date. OHSA needs a written record which includes the name of the operator, dates of the training, classification and the name of the trainer. No worries if you have misplaced or lost your certificate, Wayco can provide a new copy. Our certificates are valid for 3 years anywhere in Ontario.

Elevated Working Platform 

Forklift Training Kitchener

Wondering if you need or would benefit from aerial lift training? While this course is known simply as the Aerial Lift Training, it is actually a comprehensive evaluation of many different hoisting mechanisms such as Elevated Working Platforms, Genie Boom, Scissor Lifts, Man Lifts, Bucket Lifts and Boom lifts. Aerial Platforms are ideal equipment to get a worker to a place that would never otherwise be safely reached by a ladder or other ordinary means. It allows people to work in high elevations from retail stores to construction sites and warehouses. However, the versatility and safety factors incorporated into these devices allow them to be utilized in almost any environment.

Our Elevated Working Platform training’s purpose is to promote the safe use, inspection and operation of aerial platforms and hazards associated with the use of such equipment. We will cover responsibilities, devices, and operating controls, personal protective equipment, hazards as well as rescue and operator safety. Depending on your workplace and training requirements, you may receive training for all or just some of the various types of aerial lifts.

Is your group small? We can accommodate individuals as well as group classes. Allow your company greater flexibility to choose training either at your site or ours. Ask our expert forklift Instructor for schedule times. Aerial work platforms are becoming more popular as they offer a safer way to work at heights. However, it is not a replacement for working at heights training. It does not replace the required Working At Heights training course for those working on construction projects.

Pedestrian Awareness

Pedestrians can protect themselves when working near forklifts by using their senses – and their common sense! Our basic Pedestrian awareness training is not just for forklift operators, but also for non-operators such as visitors, office staff or sales people who may venture into the warehouse or yard. Pedestrian safety is not an issue to be overlooked. Close to 20 percent of all forklift accidents involve a pedestrian being struck by a forklift. Accidents pedestrians and forklifts rarely occur, but when they do, the injuries are almost always serious. This course will develop skills and knowledge to reduce pedestrian crashes and create a more sustainable pedestrian safety program with training in traffic management, safety equipment and training for pedestrians. 

Many employers have established traffic management plans designed to keep pedestrians separate from powered lift traffic, but many programs fall short in providing information, instruction, and supervision for the protection of workers. People come into proximity with industrial trucks during the course of their work day. Some basic steps should be taken to ensure their safety. Pedestrian/forklift accidents often occur in situations where the pedestrian has been ignorant of safety precautions, or alternatively when the pedestrian has become complacent through frequent interaction with forklifts. To avoid putting yourself at risk, our program will go through basic steps to avoid common situations like the pedestrian did not see the lift truck, the pedestrian came too close, or the pedestrian did not hear the lift truck. Both drivers and pedestrians must learn to listen and look for warning signs; communication and alertness are crucial.Forklift Hazards

Does your organization use forklifts on the job? If so, having an effective forklift/pedestrian safety program is critical for protecting employees, assuring compliance, and minimizing damage to product and business assets. Click here And Learn More  about pedestrian and forklift safety now!

Propane Handling

Do you smell rotten eggs, a skunk’s spray, or a dead animal? It may be propane. Propane has a strong unpleasant smell. The smell is added deliberately by manufactures to help alert customers to propane leaks, which can create a safety hazard. Can you tell if a propane tank is leaking? Three ways to inspect for a propane leak is by smell (a distinct odor), sound (hissing noise indicates propane is escaping) and sight (frost can sometimes be seen in the area of a leak).

Forklift Propane Cylinder Exchange Training CourseDo you know the proper technique used to change a propane tank? All participants will learn to change a propane tank on a forklift in a competent manner. Our propane cylinder handling course will teach the basics of safely handling of liquid 33lb propane cylinder tanks.You will learn the correct steps to safe and proper use, exchanging, storage along with inspection of cylinders and how to deal and handle emergency situations. Understanding of the way the chemicals work and how propane is created will ensure a safer workplace. We will also give you a  review of legal requirements and penalties relating to propane compliances. Trained personnel should use personal protective equipment (PPE) when exchanging propane cylinders which includes proper gloves and eye protection.Personnel that have not been appropriately trained should never attempt to exchange a propane cylinder, and must defer to co-workers with appropriate training.

Since propane-fueled forklifts are heavily used in manufacturing plants, it’s crucial that appropriate training and safety are addressed with regard to propane cylinder exchange. The key to safety is in proper use and handling which can make propane one of the safest fuels on the market. Propane is non-toxic, lead-free, and has extremely low levels of sulphur

You can combine our forklift training with the forklift propane cylinder safety training course. You can learn how to change a propane tank on a propane powered lift truck.


It’s Official! The **NEW** WHMIS Regulations are now in effect!

WHMIS is a short form for Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System. It is a comprehensive plan for providing information on the safe use of hazardous materials used in Canadian workplaces. Information is provided by means of product labels, material safety data sheets (MSDS), and worker education programs. On July 1, 2016 the Ontario government amended the Occupational Health and Safety Act and WHMIS Regulation 860 to officially include the new chemical labeling standards that are part of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and labelling of Chemicals (GHS).

What does this mean for you?

WHMIS trainingYou will be introduced a new classification rules, all the new Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS), rules, and label requirements and formats for material safety data sheets which are built on the existing WHMIS 1988. An Overview of hazard groups and classes will make our workplaces safer and more productive.  You will learn to understand labels, recognize the pictograms (symbols), and understand the hazards that they represent. You will be trained on product specific procedures for safe use, storage, handling and disposal of a hazardous product and what to do in case of an emergency situation.

Employers must still complete transition to GHS WHMIS by the original December 1, 2018 deadline. Equally important, employers are still legally required to meet general and workplace-specific WHMIS training obligations. In fact, during the transition period, they must train workers in both original WHMIS and GHS WHMIS


GHS –  stands for the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals. GHS defines and classifies the hazards of chemical products, and communicates health and safety information on labels and safety data sheets

MSD – A Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) is a document that contains information on the potential hazards (health, fire, reactivity and environmental) and how to work safely with the chemical product.  MSDSs are prepared by the supplier or manufacturer of the material

Click here to start your WHMIS training Course Today!

Lockout / Tagout

Lockout-tagout (LOTO) or lock and tag is a safety procedure which is used in industry and research settings to ensure that dangerous machines energy sources are properly shut off and not able to be started up again prior to the completion of maintenance or servicing work. The proper development and implementation of specifically designed lockout procedures are essential in reducing workplace accidents, injuries, and death.Lockout tagout training

There are many types of potentially hazardous energy including, electrical, thermal, chemical, pneumatic, hydraulic, mechanical and gravitational energy. All such forms of energy must be locked out, blocked or released to ensure that machinery or equipment does not turn on or move during installation, repair or maintenance. An employer shall provide information, instruction and supervision to workers on proper lockout procedures for each piece of equipment they will be operating. Failure to control the release of hazardous energy while servicing and maintaining equipment has the potential to cause some of the most severe injuries in the workplace.

All authorized employees who service or maintain equipment, as well as equipment operators and any other affected employees who work in the area where lockout tag out is being performed are required to take this training to meet OHS compliance requirements for lock out tag out. Additionally temporary personnel  as well as outside service and contractor personnel must also be trained in hazardous energy control.

Specific Steps

  • To shut down, isolate, block, & secure machine.
  • Safely place, remove, & transfer of Lockout / Tagout devices
  • To test machine & verify energy is Locked out. 
  • Identify responsible person for Lockout / tagout

Who is responsible for the lockout program?

Each party in the workplace has a responsibility in the lockout program. 

Management is responsible for:

Employees are responsible for: Employees are responsible for:
  • Drafting, periodically reviewing, and updating the written program.
  • Identifying the employees, machines, equipment, and processes included in the program.
  • Providing the necessary protective equipment, hardware and appliances.
  • Monitoring and measuring conformance with the program.
  • Distributing protective equipment, hardware, and any appliance; and ensuring its proper use by employees.
  • Ensuring that equipment-specific procedures are established for the machines, equipment and processes in their area.
  • Ensuring that only properly trained employees perform service or maintenance that require lockout.
  • Ensuring that employees under their supervision follow the established lockout procedures where required.
  • Assisting in the development of equipment-specific procedures.
  • Following the procedures that have been developed.
  • Reporting any problems associated with those procedures, the equipment, or the process of locking and tagging out.



We recommend that you should renew your training every 3 years

Google Review I have used Wayco twice, and both times I experienced excellent customer service . They had the right forklift for my needs at a reasonable price. I will be using their services in the future and recommend you do as well. ~Gabe