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. T
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Changes to North American standards (ANSI A92 in the United States and CSA B354 in Canada) are expected to come in 2020 and will create a new “normal” for mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs), formerly known as aerial work platforms (AWPs), worldwide.
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Changes to ANSI A92 and CSA B354 standards are coming; we expect to the standards to go into effect in 2020.
In addition to the terminology and language changes in the new ANSI A92 and CSA B354 standards, which are projected to go into effect in 2020, the standards also include several big changes to the equipment itself.
With the pending changes to the ANSI A92 and CSA B354 estimated to go into effect in 2020, it is important for you to start preparing your business and your customers now for what will be different.
With so much changing in the updated ANSI/CSA standards, it is important to call attention to one key item that every user (identified in the standards as employers) needs to be aware of.
The current ANSI and CSA standards for safe use and training have not been updated for many years (the current ANSI boom, scissor lift and manually propelled standards were last updated in 2006, and CSA standards go back even further).
ANSI A92 and CSA B354 standards are about to get a facelift.
With increases in OSHA penalties, as well as conducting more inspections to identify violations of its policies and impose the new fines, a question many in the aerial rental market are asking is: How are ANSI standards enforced by OSHA?
With the pending changes to ANSI 92* and CSA B354 standards, there is a need for education in the aerial market about the implications of the new standards, as well as how they will work with current industry regulations.
With Tier 4 emissions standards compliance underway, we now need to turn our attention to the next “big thing” to impact the aerial rental market — pending changes to the ANSI A92/CSA B354 standards series* (which cover all North American aerials).
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Tier 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.
ANSI (United States) and CSA (Canada) standards have, for almost four decades, provided best practices for safe, reliable access to work at height and have delivered a consistent benchmark for safe machine design in North America.