November 8, 2018–OSHA has issued guidance to its compliance officers to begin accepting crane operator certifications based on type alone, rather than type and capacity. OSHA is preparing to publish final rules but that will not take place before November 10, 2018. However, until the effective date of the new rule, once it is published, OSHA will accept operator certifications issued by type only, or by type and capacity.
You can view the proposed rules by clicking on the title above or here. If the link doesn’t work, you can do a browser search for Federal Register 23534.
In Hawaii, Crane operators doing construction work will still be required to have a valid certification issued by the Hawaii Hoisting Machine Operators Advisory Board (HMOAB). One requirement for the Hawaii certification is a current physical examination which meets the requirements of ASME B30.5 Section 5-3.1.2(a) or ASME B30.3 Section 3-3.1.2(b), such as a current Department of Transportation (DOT) Medical Examiner’s Certificate.
What is construction work? Read our post below: “You May be Doing Construction Work.” In these cases crane operators will need the Hawaii Certification, even if the time spent doing such work is minimal. The Hawaii Certification is only $100 per year and it is best to comply with the law and have your crane operators certified.