The Certified Crane Operator (CCO) and the National Commission for Certification of Crane Operators (NCCO) Foundation have entered into a formal alliance with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) through the OSHA Alliance Program to keep the industry informed of OSHA's safety-related inivitatives.
The primary goal will be to provide employers and workers tools and guidance to help eliminate and/or prevent workplace health and safety hazards.
“It is an honor to further develop our relationship with OSHA in this manner and we look forward to making our industry safer,” said Thom Sicklesteel CEO, CCO.
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Scott Ketcham, Director, OSHA Directorate of Construction, expressed his thanks to all the organizations involved for their work to reach this significant milestone and build upon the great relationship that was built over the last two decades.
The Alliance will allow the three organizations to collaborate in providing workers and employers with information, guidance, and resources to promote workplace safety and health and awareness of workers’ rights and employers’ responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
Additionally, the alliance will coordinate opportunities for training of OSHA compliance staff focused on operator qualification, certification standards, and jobsite responsibilities as well as equipment demonstrations or innovations.
Under this agreement, CCO, the NCCCO Foundation, and OSHA will team up together on numerous other initiatives aimed at improving safety in the load handling industry, including:
- Sharing industry alerts
- Encouraging industry participation in and support of OSHA events and programs
- Convening roundtable discussions and stakeholder meetings on crane industry safety
- Providing opportunities for OSHA to speak and participate in industry meetings and events
- Raising awareness of resources and tools that will assist operators in complying with OSHA regulations
- Sharing information on updates to OSHA load handling regulations and enforcement such as certification and evaluation requirements
- Developing surveys for candidate base segments and sharing survey results
- Encouraging key CCO test sites to build relationships with OSHA’s Regional and Area Offices to promote safety and awareness