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Regulatory bodies the world over have published laws, standards, and recommended best practices that govern the crane, rigging, and load handling industries. Knowledge of these principles is essential to success in a number of roles and experience levels. All of the information below is public record and available to anyone. 

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International Documents Compared to ASME B30, P30 Volumes

B30.1 Jacks, Industrial Rollers, Air Casters, and Hydraulic Gantries

Europe

  • DIN 7355 Dez. 1970, Serienhebezeuge; Stahlwinden (Crank Jacks)
  • Directive 2006/42/EC on Machinery (Jacks)
  • EMC Directive 2004/108/EC (Jacks)
  • EN 982:1996, Safety of Machinery - Hydrauilics (Jacks)
  • EN 61000-6-2:2005, Electromagnetic Compatibility: Emission Standards (Jacks)
  • EN 61000-6-4:2007, Electromagnetic Compatibility: Immunity Standards (Jacks)
  • EN-ISO 12100-1:2003, Safety of Machinery - Basic Terminology & Methodology (Jacks)
  • EN-ISO 12100-2:2003, Safety of Machinery - Technical Principles (Jacks)
  • Low Voltage Directive 2006/95/EC (Jacks)
  • RoHS Directive 2005/618/EC (Jacks)

United Kingdom

  • BS 7121-13:2009, Code of Practice for the Safe Use of Cranes Part 13: Hydraulic Gantry Lifting Systems

B30.2 Overhead and Gantry Cranes (Top Running Bridge, Single or Multiple Girder, Top Running Trolley Hoist)

Australia

  • AS 1418.1, Cranes, Hoists, and Winches - General Requirements
  • AS 1418.3, Cranes, Hoists, and Winches - Bridge, Gantry, Portal (Including Container Cranes), Jib, and Monorail Cranes
  • AS 1418.12, Cranes, (Including Hoists, and Winches) - Crane Collector Systems
  • AS 1418.14, Cranes (Including Hoists and Winches) - Requirements for Cranes in Arduous Working Conditions
  • AS 1418.18, Cranes (Including Hoists and Winches) - Crane Runways and Monorails
  • AS 2550.1, Cranes, Hoists, and Winches - Safe Use - General Requirements
  • AS 2550.3, Cranes, Hoists, and Winches - Safe Use - Bridge, Gantry, Portal (Including Container Cranes), Jib, and Monorail Cranes

Canada

  • CSA B167-2008, Overhead Travelling Cranes - Design, Inspection, Testing, Maintenance, and Safe Operation

Europe

  • BS 2853:1957, Specification the Design and Testing of Steel Overhead Runway Beams
  • ISO 4301-5:1991, Cranes - Classification - Part 5: Overhead Travelling and Portal Bridge Cranes
  • ISO 4306-5:2005, Cranes - Vocabulary - Part 5: Bridge and Gantry Cranes
  • ISO 7752-5:1985, Lifting Appliances - Controls - Layout and Characteristics - Part 5: Overhead Travelling Cranes and Portal Bridge Cranes
  • ISO 8566-5:1992, Cranes - Cabins - Part 5: Overhead Travelling and Portal Bridge Cranes
  • ISO 8686-5:1992, Cranes - Design Principles for Loads and Load Combinations - Part 5: Overhead Travelling and Portal Bridge Cranes
  • ISO 9374-5:1991, Cranes - Information to be Provided - Part 5: Overhead Travelling Cranes and Portal Bridge Cranes
  • ISO 10245-5:1995, Cranes - Limiting and Indicating Devices - Part 5: Overhead Travelling and Portal Bridge Cranes
  • ISO 10972-5:2006, Cranes - Requirements for Mechanisms - Part 5: Bridge and Gantry Cranes
  • ISO 11660-5:2001, Cranes - Access, Guards and Restraints - Part 5: Bridge and Gantry Cranes
  • ISO 13200:1995, Cranes - Safety Signs and Hazard Pictorials - General Principles
  • ISO 13202:2003, Cranes - Measurement of Velocity and Time Parameters
  • ISO 14518:2005, Cranes - Requirements for Test Loads
  • ISO 15442:2005, Cranes - Safety Requirements for Loader Cranes
  • ISO 15513:2000, Cranes - Competency Requirements for Crane Drivers (Operators), Slingers, Signallers, and Assessors
  • ISO 16881-1:2005, Cranes - Design Calculation for Rail Wheels and Associated Trolley Track Supporting Structure - Part 1: General
  • ISO 22986:2007, Cranes - Stiffness - Bridge and Gantry Cranes
  • ISO 23814:2009, Cranes - Competency Requirements for Crane Inspectors
  • ISO 23815-1:2007, Cranes - Maintenance - Part 1: General
  • ISO 23853:2004, Cranes - Training of Slingers and Signalers
  • ISO/CD 17440, Cranes - General Design - Limit States and Proof of Competence of Forged Steel Hooks
  • ISO/TR 16880:2004, Cranes - Bridge and Gantry Cranes - International Standards for Design and Manufacturing Requirements and Recommendations
  • ISO/TS 15696:2000, Cranes - List of Equivalent Terms

New Zealand

  • Approved Code of Practice for Cranes, 3rd Edition

Singapore

  • SS497:2011, Code of Practice for Design, Safe Use and Maintenance of Gantry, Overhead traveling Cranes, and Monorail Hoists

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Regulatory Documents by Country

Brazil

- NR 1, General Provisions; Sect. 1.1, Public and Private Companies

- NR11, Transport, Storage, and Handling of Materials

- NR12, Safety at Work with Machines and Equipment; Sect. 12.135 Equipment Maintenance and Inspection by Qualified Persons, Sect. 12.139 Training Materials in Appropriate Language

- NR 18, Conditions and Work Environment in the Construction Industry; Sect. 18.14.2.1 Operators Trained and Qualified, Sect. 18.14.24.17 Lift Planning, Annex III and XIV Crane Operator, Rigging, and Signaling Training

- NR 22, Occupational Health and Safety in Mining; Sect. 22.13.1 Slings and Rigging Hardware, Annex III and 13 Wire Rope Inspections

- NR 29, Regulatory Standard of Safety and Health in Port Work

- NR 34, Conditions and Working Environment in Shipyards; Sect. 34.10.1 Rigging Operations, Sect. 34.10.5, Rigging Inspection

- NR 35, Work at Height

Russia

- Safety Instructions for Slingers, Safe Operation of Hoisting Equipment, (RD 10-107-96)

- Regulations on Installation and Safe Operation of Cargo Lifting Cranes, PB 10-382-00, Saints-Petersburg ZOTPBSP, 2000

Singapore

- Workplace Safety and Health Act (CAP. 354A)

- Workplace Safety and Health (General Provisions) Regulations (CAP. 354A, Rg 1)

- Workplace Safety and Health (Incident Reporting) Regulations (CAP. 354A, Rg 3)

- Workplace Safety and Health (Risk Management) Regulations (CAP. 354A, Rg 8)

- Workplace Safety and Health (Construction) Regulations 2007

- Workplace Safety and Health (Operation of Cranes) Regulations 2011

- Workplace Safety and Health (Ship Building and Ship-Repairing) Regulations 2008

United Kingdom

- LOLER, 1998 Approved Code of Practice & Guidance L113

- LOLER, the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998, Interpretations

- HSE PUWER, Simple Guide to the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998

- HSE PUWER, Sector Information Minute (SIM 07/1999/18), the Application of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) and the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) to Equipment in Health Services and Social Care

- PUWER, Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998

United States

- US Federal OSHA Regulations and Interpretations (see above)

Advisory, Specifications, and Research Documents

Brazil

- ABNT NBR 8400:1984, Cranes and Lifting Appliances—Basic Calculation for Structures and Components

- ABNT NBR 10084, Calculation of Support Structures for Lifting Equipment and Cargo Handling

- ABNT NBR 10980:1989, Sheaves—Dimensions and Materials

- ABNT NBR 15883-1:2010, Textile Slings for Load Lashing—Safety Part 1: Calculation of Lashing Force

- ABNT NBR 15883-2:2010, Textile Slings for Load Lashing—Safety Part 2: Flat Slings

Europe

- European Commission Enterprise and Industry, Guide to Application of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC 2nd Edition June 2010

Singapore

- Code of Practice for Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Risk Management, First Rev. 2012

- Guidebook for Lifting Supervisors, First Revision 2013

- Worker’s Safety Handbook for Crane Operator, 2011

- Worker’s Safety Handbook for Lorry Crane Operator, 2012

- Worker’s Safety Handbook for Rigger and Signalman, 2011

Switzerland

- ILO Code of Practice, Safety and Health in Ports, 2005

United Kingdom

- BS 7121-1:2006, Code of Practice for Safe Use of Cranes—Part 1: General

- BS 7121-2:2003, Code of Practice for Safe Use of Cranes—Part 2: Inspection, Testing, and Examination

- BS 7121-11:1998, Code of Practice for Safe Use of Cranes—Part 11: Offshore Cranes

- BS 7262:1990, British Standard Specification for Automatic Safe Load Indicators

- BS 7905-1:2001, Lifting Equipment for Performance, Broadcast, and Similar Applications— Part 1: Specifications for the Design and Manufacture of Above Stage Equipment (Excluding Trusses and Towers)

- BS 7906-1:2005, Use of Lifting Equipment for Performance, Broadcast, and Similar Applications—Part 1: Code of Practice for Installation, Use, and Removal of Above Stage Equipment (Excluding Trusses and Towers)

- BS 7906-2:2000, Lifting Equipment for Performance, Broadcast, and Similar Applications—Part 2: Code of Practice for Use of Aluminum and Steel Trusses and Towers

- BS EN 13557:2003, +A2:2008, Cranes—Controls and Control Stations

- BS EN ISO/IEC 17030:2009, Conformity Assessment—General Requirements for Third-Party Marks of Conformity

- BS EN ISO/IEC 17050-1:2010, Conformity Assessment—Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity Part 1: General Requirements (ISO/IEC 17050-1:2004, Corrected Version 2007-06-15)

- BS ISO 2328:2007, Fork-lift Trucks—Hook-on Type Fork Arms and Fork Arm Carriages—Mounting Dimensions

- BS ISO 15513:2000, Cranes—Competency Requirements for Crane Drivers (Operators), Slingers, Signallers, and Assessors

- Health & Safety Authority, List of Forms for Use with: Work at Height, Reg. 2006, S.I. No. 318; Construction Reg. 2001, S.I. No. 481; Construction Reg. 2006, S.I. No. 504

- HSE Health and Safety Executive, Use and Effectiveness of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPS) for Tree Work, Bill J. Jones

- HSE Health and Safety Executive, Information Document HSE 803/69, Guidance on the Application of Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 to Motor Vehicle Repair (Application of PUWER 98 and LOLER 98 to MVR)

- HSE Health and Safety Executive, Thorough Examination and Inspection of Particular Items of Lifting Equipment, Peter Oram Consultants, 2002

- HSE Health and Safety Executive (GS6), Avoidance of Danger from Overhead Electric Power Lines, 2006

- HSE, Health and Safety Executive, Five Steps to Risk Assessment, 2006

- HSE, Health and Safety Executive, Skip and Container Safety in Waste Management and Recycling, 2006

- HSE, Information Sheet, LOLER: How the Regulations Apply to Arboriculture, Agriculture Information Sheet No 30

- HSE LOLER, Simple Guide to the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998

- IOSH, Rural Industries Specialist Group, Guide to Training and Competence, Vehicles and Machinery

- ISO/IEC 17025, General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories

- LEEA, Practical Training Courses May to July 2007, Document Reference LEEA036 Dated 27th April 2007

- LOLER, Explanatory Memorandum to the Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Provision and Use of Work Equipment) Regulations 2006, S.I. 2006 No. 2183, and the Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment) Regulations 2006, S.I. 2006 No. 2184

- LOLER, Statutory Instruments, 2006 No. 2184 Merchant Shipping, The Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment) Regulations 2006

- MCA, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seamen, Consolidated Edition, 2009

- MCA, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, MGN (Marine Guidance Note) 332 (M+F), the Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment) Regulations 2006

- MCA, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, MSN (Merchant Shipping Notice) 1676 (M), The Merchant Shipping (Life-saving Appliances for Ships Other Than Ships of Classes III to VI(A)) Regulations 1999; The Merchant Shipping (Life-saving Appliances for Passenger Ships of Classes  III to VI(A)) Regulations 1999

- MCA, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, MSN (Merchant Shipping Notice) 1803 (M), Lifeboats—Measures to Prevent Accidents

- NAA, National Arenas Association, Guidance for Rigging in UK Venues

- WAHSA, the Work at Height Safety Association Technical Guidance Note 2, Guidance on the Selection, Use, Maintenance, and Inspection of Retractable Type Fall Arresters, 2006

- WAHSA, the Work at Height Safety Association Technical Guidance Note 3, Guidance on Inspecting Personal Fall Protection Equipment, 2006

- WAHSA, the Work at Height Safety Association Technical Guidance Note 6, Guidance on Inspecting Eyebolts for Personal Fall Protection Purposes, 2006