New AWP & Scissor Lifts Regulations
Addressing the Challenges of the Upcoming Changes to the ANSI A92 Standards
AWP, boom lifts, and scissor lifts will now be called Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs). The upcoming implementation of the new ANSI A92.22 Safe Use and A92.24 Training Standards for Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs) in the United States is creating quite a bit of confusion in the industry. The ANSI A92 Standards have always identified the responsibilities for all entities involved with the operation of MEWPs; manufacturer, dealer, owner, user, and operator.
OSHA requires scissor lift training under OSHA 29 CFR ? 1926.454 and ANSI A92.22 Employers must have each employee who performs work while on a scissor lift trained by a person qualified in the subject matter to recognize the hazards associated with the type of scaffold being used and to understand the procedures to control or minimize those hazards.
It is also important to understand that these new scissor lifts regulations will affect everyone equally, from the largest construction organizations to the smallest facility management team. Even a small contractor who only occasionally rents a MEWP will be affected. For example, every organization (big or small) that utilizes MEWPs will be required to develop a documented safe use plan that includes a detailed site risk assessment, as well as rescue plans on which everyone must be trained. Anyone who directly supervises a MEWP operator must also receive training. Even the operator will now have the responsibility to provide limited training to any occupants that will be accompanying them in the platform. The MEWPs training will increase your productivity while reducing your risk.
- Introduction to Scissor Lift Safety
- Scissor Lift Fatalities and Injuries
- Classification of Hazards
- Operation on Uneven Surfaces
- Fall Prevention and Protection
- Overloading, Overextension, and Electrocution Hazards
- Operation Procedures in Inclement Weather
- Proper Inspection Guidelines
- General Safety Tips that Apply to all Operators of Scissor Lifts
- Practical Operator Evaluations Test (Must Pass)
Retraining is required when changes occur at the worksite, or changes in the types of scaffolds, fall protection, falling object protection, or other equipment present a hazard about which an employee has not been previously trained. It’s also required when inadequacies in an affected employee’s work involving scaffolds indicate that the employee has not retained the requisite proficiency or every 3 years.
You and/or your employees can be certified in about 6 hours (depending on if this is the employee’s initial training or a 3-year re-certification). It is the most cost-effective training that you will find anywhere.
OSHA recommends workplace safety training for a safe and healthful work environment. Our training is 100% in-house at your location and covers specific OSHA regulations and requirements (29 CFR 1910.178). Our combination of interactive presentations, PowerPoint presentations, models, and discussions makes this course the best in the area. It covers lift truck basics, pre-operation inspection, handling characteristics, load handling, balance and stability, and fueling procedures.