CAN/CSA-B335-04 – Safety Standard for Lift Trucks
No you do not need a driver’s license to operate a fork lift truck. However you must have received training – and this includes full-time, part time, seasonal, substitute, and occasional operators.
All fork lifts manufactured since 1993 require a seat belt to be fitted.
For due diligence purposes the employer should have a competent person perform the appropriate physical testing to ensure the proper use and maintenance of the lift trucks to be used. Unfortunately the regulations are not specific about the required qualifications of those deemed to be ’competent’. CSA standards require that only those qualified persons who have been trained regarding the inspection, operation, and application of an aerial platform, including the recognition and avoidance of hazards associated with the operation, shall operate an aerial platform.