Genie Safety Minute: Key Upcoming ANSI & CSA Changes
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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.
For the first time in 25 years, fines levied by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will increase, under a provision in the new budget deal President Obama signed into law on November 2, 2015.
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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).
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?
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.
In May 2016, the US safety standard for Rough Terrain Forklifts, ANSI/ITSDF B56.6, was revised.