The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is in the process of completely overhauling its consensus standards for aerial lift platforms. Currently there are individual standard for Vehicle-Mounted, Manually-Propelled, Boom Supported, and Self-Propelled aerial lifts on inspection and maintenance. The proposed overhaul will consolidate these four separate standards into one. In addition, they are reorganizing the standard into three sections: design; operations and training; inspection and maintenance. It would appear that the A92.2 Vehicle-Mounted aerial lift standard will continue to stand alone.
Why is any of this important? Consensus standards are produced by committees of experts and are guidelines or recommended practices for aerial lift owners and users. However there are two ways they can become mandatory requirements.
1. OSHA incorporates them into their regulations making them enforceable like an OSHA Regulation.
2. OSHA invokes the General Duty Clause after an aerial lift accident to form the basis for a citation.
Currently, OSHA only has a regulation for Vehicle–Mounted aerial lifts and the ANSI A92.2 (1969) design and construction sections are incorporated into it.
To learn more, CIA offers courses in operation and inspection of all types of aerial lifts.
Read more about ANSI’s makeover.