A classroom with multi-media capability is required to deliver this course.  This unit specifies the skills and knowledge required to operate a forklift truck safely.

Forklift truck means a powered industrial truck equipped with lifting media made up of a mast and an elevating load carriage to which is attached a pair of fork arms or other arms that can be raised 900 mm or more above the ground, but does not include a pedestrian-operated truck or a pallet truck.  A person performing this work is required to hold a forklift truck high risk work (HRW) licence.

This unit requires a person operating a forklift truck to plan the work, conduct routine checks on a forklift truck, shift loads in a safe manner, and safely shut down and secure equipment after completing operations.

Licensing/Regulatory Information 
This unit is based on the licensing requirements of Part 4.5 of the Model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations, HRW and meets Commonwealth, state and territory HRW licensing requirements.  Any 
alteration to this unit would result in a unit that would not be acceptable to work health and safety (WHS)/occupational health and safety (OHS) regulators for the purpose of licensing.

Unit details

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - applying risk assessment and hazard control strategies, including hierarchy of control as applied to safely operating a forklift truck; - carrying out post-start operational checks; - carrying out pre-start operational checks; - communicating with other workplace personnel; - complying with Commonwealth, state and territory work health and safety (WHS)/occupational health and safety (OHS) legislation and regulations; - conducting and monitoring safe forklift truck operations that include moving loads safely, driving and manoeuvring, picking up and placing loads at various stack heights and carrying out all functions to the maximum height and load capacity; - driving a forklift truck with load in forward and reverse, while maintaining visibility; - planning and preparing for forklift truck operations; - receiving and interpreting workplace instructions, safety information and emergency procedures; - shutting down a forklift truck in accordance with manufacturer specifications and workplace procedures, and; - verifying problems and equipment faults, and implementing appropriate response procedures to unplanned and/or unsafe situations.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - Australian and industry standards relevant to operating a forklift truck; - Commonwealth, state or territory WHS/OHS legislation and approved codes of practice in relation to one's own responsibilities; - forklift truck characteristics and capabilities (including use of load data plates); - forklift truck operations and safe operating techniques; - hierarchy of control; - methodology to determine weight of a load including the estimation or determination from labels, markings or load paperwork; - organisational and workplace standards, requirements, policies and procedures for operating a forklift truck; - procedures for recording, reporting and maintaining workplace records and information; - relevant Australian and industry standards, codes of practice and guidelines to safely operate a forklift truck; - risk control measures; - selecting forklift truck to suit load and workplace conditions, and; - typical routine problems encountered operating a forklift truck and equipment, and adjustments required for correction.

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