On Wednesday OSHA issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to extend the deadline by which crane operators must be certified from November 10, 2017 to November 10, 2018. (This comes after a previous extension moved the deadline from 2014 to 2017.)
In the notice, OSHA says they need the further delay “to address stakeholder concerns over the operator certification requirements in the 2010 Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard.”
CIC certifications already meet (and have always met) the 2010 standard, which requires that crane operators be certified by type and capacity. We believe the past seven years should have been plenty of time for concerns to be addressed and that the industry needs to be able to move forward with the certification requirement to ensure safety on jobsites around the country.
Anyone may submit comments before September 29th at regulations.gov, the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. (Note that this docket may include several different Federal Register notices involving active rulemakings, so it is important to select the correct notice or its ID number.) After accessing the docket OSHA–2007–0066, check the ‘‘proposed rule’’ box in the column headed ‘‘Document Type,’’ find the document posted on August 30, 2017, and click the ‘‘Submit a Comment’’ link.
CIC certifications are OSHA-recognized and nationally accredited. We meet both current and proposed OSHA standards, whether this deadline is extended or goes ahead in November. That’s why we’re known as the higher level of certification.