Occupational Health and Safety (OSH)

Current - Code of Practice

Forklifts - The Approved Code of Practice for Training Operators and Instructors of Powered Industrial Lift trucks (forklifts)

This code of practice outlines a standard of training that should be provided by forklift owners, managers and trainers of forklift operators. Each work environment may require training to suit the needs of that environment.

While this code has been based on the existing New Zealand Standard (NZS/ASME/ANSI B56.1 Safety standard for low and high lift trucks), any other standard providing an equal or better standard and recognised and approved by Standards New Zealand, will be acceptable.

New - Draft Code of Practice

This second issue of what has become known as the 'Forklift Code of Practice', is intended to correct some anomalies and printing errors in the first edition.

The reasons for the revision of this Code are:

  • It contains out-of-date and erroneous information
  • Legislative references need to be updated to reflect the 2003 amendments to the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992
  • To consider new issues such as the effect of carbon monoxide (CO) emissions from power industrial lift trucks
  • It is over ten years old.

Read or download the Current Code of Practice here

Forklift Truck Operator Safety Codes

Part 1: Front Loading Forklift Trucks
Part 2: Order Pickers
Part 3: Side Loaders
Part 4: Straddle

FTC South (NZ) Limited - Lifting the Standards