OSHA Extends Crane Operator Certification Deadline
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced the crane operator certification deadline has been postponed until November 10, 2017. During the three-year period, OSHA will address operator qualification requirements for the crane standards including the role of operator certification. The 2010 OSHA Cranes and Derricks in Construction Final Rule allowed crane operator qualification by one of the following methods:
1. Certification by an independent testing organization
2. Qualification by an employer’s independently audited program
3. Qualification by the U.S. military; or
4. Compliance with qualifying state or local licensing requirements
With the new deadline extended for three years, OSHA issued a new compliance directive that covers enforcement of power-operated equipment mentioned in Subpart CC to help guide inspectors in the administration of the Cranes and Derricks in Construction Standard.
For more information about the new certification deadline and compliance directive, visit OSHA’s website.