The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a proposed rule to extend the compliance date for the crane operator certification requirement by three years, to Nov. 10, 2017.
OSHA issued a final standard on requirements for cranes and derricks in construction work on Aug. 9, 2010. The standard requires crane operators on construction sites to meet one of four qualification/certification options by Nov. 10, 2014.
After OSHA issued the standard, a number of parties raised concerns about the qualification/certification requirements. After conducting several public meetings, OSHA decided to extend the enforcement date so that the certification requirements do not take effect during potential rulemaking or cause disruption to the construction industry.
Comments may submitted electronically at the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal or by facsimile or mail. See the Federal Register notice for submission details and additional information about this proposed rule. Comments must be submitted by March 12, 2014.
OSHA held three stakeholder meetings on operator certification/qualification issues in April 2013 and posted detailed notes of the meetings.