The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) wants to extend the deadline for crane operator certification that is scheduled to go into effect in November of this year.
In Sept. 2014, OSHA issued a final rule that set the crane operator requirement deadline for November 2017. OSHA’s new proposed rule would push back the deadline to Nov. 10, 2018. According to OSHA’s press release, the additional time is to “address stakeholder concerns.”
OSHA’s Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard lays out four options for crane operators to become certified:
- Certification by an independent testing organization accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting organization
- Qualification by an employer’s independently audited program
- Qualification by the U.S. military
- Compliance with qualifying state or local licensing requirements
Those wanting to comment on the deadline delay can do so online at http://www.regulations.gov , by fax to the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693–1648, or by mail to OSHA Docket Office, RIN No. 1218–AC86, Technical Data Center, Room N–3508, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20210.
Comments must be submitted by Sept. 29, 2017.