How to Comply with Certification Requirements Until the New Final Rule Comes into Effect
Following up on a published notice from May 21, 2018, the United States Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has delivered interim instruction on how to maintain a state of compliance for crane operator certification requirements until the much debated "new final rule" comes into law (at an undetermined future date).
The November 5, 2018 release states that until the date that new final rule becomes effective, operator certifications issued by type only, or by type and capacity will be acceptable in the eyes of OSHA. The interim compliance requirements come in part, as a response to recommendations by construction industry stakeholders.
An excerpt from the November 5, 2018 release is provided below, along with a link to the full contents via the U.S. Department of Labor website.
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued guidance on how to comply with crane operator certification requirements until the new final rule becomes effective.
OSHA proposed a rule in May 2018 to revise certification requirements, as recommended by construction stakeholders. OSHA is preparing to publish a final rule, but OSHA’s existing certification requirements will take effect on November 10, 2018, because OSHA’s final rule will not become effective prior to that date. The existing rule requires certification by crane type and lifting capacity. However, until the effective date of the new rule, once it is published, OSHA will accept operator certifications issued by type only, or by type and capacity...
As future language, interpretations and changes become available, ITI will continue to be a resource for questions concerning the OSHA Final Cranes and Derricks Rule. Questions and concerns can be submitted at www.iti.com/questions or you can speak with a Training Solutions Advisor by calling 800.727.6355.
Other OSHA Final Crane Rule Resources from ITI include:
- [Article] OSHA Final Crane Rule Update
- [Article] OSHA Crane Rule Update & 3 Other Regulatory Stories to Keep on Your Radar in 2018
- [Article] OSHA Crane Rule Officially Delayed One Year (includes interactive timeline of events)