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New MEWP Standards to Go Into Effect in North America

Changes to North American standards (ANSI A92 in the United States and CSA B354 in Canada) are coming – ANSI A92 went into effect in June, 2020, (CSA B354 was published May 2017) and these changes will create a new “normal” for mobile elevated work platforms (MEWPs), formerly known as aerial work platforms (AWPs), worldwide.

From a manufacturer’s perspective, here’s what rental stores and MEWP operators need to know about the new standards to be introduced soon:

  • You should be prepared for changes to the design of all MEWPs that are introduced in 2020 and beyond. All aerial lift manufacturers, including Genie, must comply with these new standards.
  • The new standards more closely align North American standards requirements with current ISO standards. These new standards dictate how aerial equipment manufacturers serving the North American market, including Genie and its competitors, address wind ratings, chassis angle and load capacity on MEWPs.

To prepare for these standards changes, Genie has been proactively working on a response to implementing the new requirements in its products and practices worldwide. It is important for you to know how Genie is responding to these changes.

ANSI A92 | CSA B354 Resources from Genie

For details on how the new standards will impact rental operations, download our free white paper:

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To learn more about the new line of Genie® Xtra Capacity™ booms that adhere to the new standards:

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Download our printable quick reference guide on how to follow the new standards: 

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See questions from customers and answers from the team at Genie regarding the new standards from recent “Ask Me Anything” events:


Read the articles below written by the team at Genie for information on a variety of topics surrounding the new ANSI A92 and CSA B354 standards, including frequently asked questions:

Big Changes Coming to ANSI A92 Standards

Genie - A Terex BrandTier 4 final emissions standards have already driven large disruptions in aerial rental, but pending changes to the ANSI A92/CSA B354 standards series* (which covers all North American aerials), be on the lookout for these standards to have an even greater impact in the years to come.

The new standards are based on an ISO model, so they are very similar to the current European EN280 standard. As a global manufacturer, Genie can leverage our experiences in Europe to help with the transition, but we have to remember that North American aerial operators are very different. It’s important that we, as an industry, starting preparing now for the impact it will have on rental fleets, rental customers and operators.

What is changing?

The new ANSI standards will be subject specific such that ANSI A92.20 (design), A92.22 (safe use) and A92.24 (training) covers booms, scissors and manually propelled aerials. There is no easy way to say it other than “everything will change.”

Some of the key changes in the new ANSI A92 standards are:

  1. Platform Load Sense – All aerials will be required to continuously check the weight in the platform and disable function if the load is above the platform load limit. This requires additional systems, sophisticated components, service and training requirements.
  1. Dynamic Terrain Sensing in Booms – Unlike the current standards, drive and certain boom functions must be disabled when out of their slope limit and functions restricted only to those that safely return the machine to terrain that is within limits.
  1. Indoor-Only Machines – Provisions will exist for aerials that may only be used indoors, not subject to wind loads. This may allow some smaller, lighter weight aerial types while some existing aerials may be rated “indoor only.”
  1. Terminology – Most terminology used in training and compliance will change. Aerial Work Platforms will become MEWPs (Mobile Elevating Work Platforms). MEWPs will be classified as groups A and B with types 1, 2, or 3 – not booms, scissors, etc., with more international language to get used to.
  1. A Lot More – This is an all-new standard with many changes. Examples include reduced lift and lower speeds, required toeguards on entrances, flexible and chain gates are prohibited while A92.22 and A92.24 make sweeping changes to how safe use and training for aerials are addressed and administered.


*ANSI/SAIA 92.3 for manually propelled aerial, 92.5 for booms, 92.6 for self-propelled (scissors), and 92.8 for under-bridge inspection machines (92.2 for vehicle mounted platforms is not involved).

Check back here for more details throughout 2019 about the new MEWP standards coming in North America and how Genie is responding!

*With the implementation of the updated standards, Genie will continue to evaluate and manufacture our products to meet the most current industry standards worldwide and to provide our customers with innovative, reliable and safe work at height solutions.

Purchasing the ANSI A92 Standards

The ANSI A92 standards can be purchased from the Scaffold and Access Industry Association (SAIA) website by visiting the links below: