OSHA Rule Reopening Resource Center
On September 25, 2014, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced an extension of the compliance date for its crane operator certification requirement to November 10, 2017, in order to revisit the record on operator certification.
The additional three years would, OSHA says, provide time to address industry concerns over the "certifying by capacity" requirement and whether certification is equivalent to qualification.
Following are resources relating to this issue:
- ACCSH to Discuss Crane Operator Qualifications Language, March 3, 2015
- Top Ten Frequently Asked Questions about OSHA’s Delay of Its Crane Operator Certification Requirements, Sept. 29, 2014
- OSHA provides direction for inspecting cranes and derricks on construction worksites, U.S. Dept. of Labor Trade Release, Oct. 23, 2014
- OSHA instruction providing guidelines for enforcement procedures and inspection guidance conducted for equipment covered by 29 CFR 1926 Subpart CC, OSHA Compliance Directive, Oct. 17, 2014
- “Industry Agrees with OSHA's Proposed Delay,” American Cranes & Transport, May 2014
- OSHA Issues Proposed Rule to Extend Certification Compliance Date, February 7, 2014
- OSHA FAQs for Construction Cranes Operator Certification, Operator Qualification, and Certification by Type and Capacity
- SC&RA webnar: “What’s up with OSHA’s Crane Personnel Qualifications?”, October 23, 2013
- “The Right Solution,” American Cranes & Transport, Sept. 2013
- “OSHA's Crane Rule Reopening, NCCCO Answers Questions,” Professional Safety, Sept. 2013
- “Refining the Requirement,” Safety + Health, July 2013
- OSHA Urged to Act Swiftly, “Certifying by Capacity” Likely to Disappear
- “Top Ten” FAQs on OSHA’s Rule Reopening Decision (Download PDF)
- “OSHA Rethinks Capacity rule, Delays Crane Certification,” Cranes Today, June 2013
- “The Slow Work of Safety,” commentary by Will North, Editor, Cranes Today, June 2013
- “OSHA Rethinks, Delays, Crane Certification,” Cranes Today, May 28, 2013
- OSHA to Reopen Crane Operator Certification Rule, May 24, 2013
- Testimony by NCCCO Executive Director Graham Brent before the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH), May 23, 2013
- “OSHA Announces Intent to Extend Compliance Date for Crane Operator Certification Requirements,” OSHA Trade Release, May 22, 2013
- “OSHA Rules Must Change,” by Rob Weiss, Engineering News Record, May 20, 2013
- “Preserving C-DAC's Intent,” by Thom Sicklesteel, American Cranes & Transport, December 2012
- OSHA Stakeholders Meeting April 2013 Summary
- “Industry Protests OSHA Stance on Capacity,” American Cranes & Transport, May 2013. (read full article on NCCCO website)
- Letter from IUOE to OSHA Directorate Director Maddux, April 10, 2013
- “OSHA Confirms Industry Opposition to Capacity Testing,” American Cranes & Transport, June 2013
- Industry Responds to OSHA Testing Ultimatum, March 2013
- Important Message from NCCCO President, Thom Sicklesteel
- Letter from IUOE to OSHA Directorate Director Maddux, November 28, 2012
UNDERSTANDING THE OSHA RULE AND HOW IT AFFECTS YOU
NCCCO has compiled numerous resources below to help employers, operators, riggers, signalpersons, and others from industry better understand the personnel qualification requirements under new federal OSHA's rule. These include an NCCCO Guide to the new rule, which contains the full regulatory text, answers to numerous frequently asked questions (FAQs), a flow chart to help determine when certified crane operators are required, applicable letters of interpretation from OSHA, and NCCCO’s analysis of the qualification requirements for crane operators, signalpersons, and riggers. As NCCCO receives and answers more questions about the rule, the FAQ list will continue to grow. Links to OSHA documents created to help understand the rule are also listed below.
OSHA Resources (for additional information visit www.osha.gov)
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THE RULE IS PUBLISHED
OSHA Gives Employers 90 Days to Have Signalperson, Riggers Qualified
October 2010—While OSHA allows for a four-year implementation period for crane operators to be certified under its new rule published in August, the requirements for signalpersons and riggers to be qualified take effect on November 8, 2010, just 90 days after the new rule (29 CFR 1926, Subpart CC) was made final.
NCCCO Publishes Definitive Guide to New OSHA Rule
July 28, 2010—The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) has published what it calls “the definitive guide to the personnel qualification requirements” of the new OSHA rule, 29 CFR 1926, Subpart CC.
Crane Operators to be Certified Under New OSHA Rule
July 28, 2010—Extensive new requirements for the qualifications of crane operators and signalpersons were published today by Federal OSHA in the most wide-ranging revision of the rules governing the use of cranes in a generation.
HISTORY OF THE RULE
Ten Year Anniversary of OSHA Agreement
May 2009—Ten years ago this past February, a group of industry leaders gathered in Washington, DC to witness the signing of an historic agreement between the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO).
OSHA Proposed Rule: Make Your Voice Heard!
January 2009—The most significant revision to OSHA’s rules governing cranes and derricks is currently out for public comment. The Proposed Rule, 29 CFR Part 1926, Cranes and Derricks in Construction, will significantly change the way cranes are used on construction sites in this country for years to come.
OSHA Proposed Rule Published October 2008
NCCCO Urges White House to Move on Crane Rule
September 2008—Operator certification was top of the list of items under discussion last month at a meeting between officials of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and industry representatives.
OSHA Chief Commits to Publishing Crane Standard Revision
December 2006—“I am committed to getting the cranes and derrick standard through before the end of this administration.” So stated Ed Foulke, OSHA chief, at a meeting October 11, of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) in Washington, DC.
OSHA, Industry Address FCOC Meeting
March 2006—The tangible return to employers by investing in the training and certification of their crane operators was attested to by representatives of industry and government at the Florida Crane Owners Council (FCOC)’s first-quarter 2006 meeting in January.
OSHA Ponders Small Business Impact of Draft Crane Rule
September 2005—OSHA is currently conducting an economic analysis of its draft rule on cranes and derricks to determine if further study of the potential impact on small business is needed before publication of a proposed rule.
This information is provided as a public service by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO). Although every effort has been made to ensure accuracy in this response, no responsibility can be assumed by NCCCO for errors. OSHA remains the sole authority for interpretations of federal labor standards and should be consulted accordingly.