The new ANSI A92 standard is set for publication. This standard will cover the design, operation, and training of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWP). Here are some of the changes that are expected to be included in the new standard:
- New MEWP’s must be manufactured with load sensing devices that sound an alarm and disable the machine if the maximum rated load capacity is exceeded.
- New machines must be manufactured with a tilt sensor that disables the equipment if it’s operated on slopes that exceed the maximum allowed pitch.
- Newly manufactured lifts will be rated and marked for indoor and/or outdoor use. MEWP’s rated for outdoor use will likely weigh more, be prohibited for use in winds over 28 mph, and have a reduced load capacity.
- Access areas will need to be guarded by a rigid spring-loaded gate instead of chains.
- A toe-board will need to protect all sides of the platform, including the access area.
- The overall height of the guardrails will be increased. In order to allow MEWP’s to safely pass through doorways, manufacturers will likely be equipping their lifts with foldable rails. Companies will need to train employees on how to use these.
- Operator controls will need to be protected from accidental contact by an interlocking guard that sounds an alarm and reverses the last movement whenever it’s activated.
- A Site Risk Assessment will be required before operating a lift each day. The proposed standard does not require this to be documented at this time.
- All MEWP training must be delivered by a “Qualified Person”.
- Distributors will be required to either offer training or refer customers to another company that can provide the training.
- The direct Supervisors of MEWP Operators will be required to be trained on:
- Proper section of MEWP’s.
- Potential Jobsite hazards.
- Control measures for hazards.
- General safe operation.
- Storage and use of the Operator’s Manual.
- Employees who occupy lifts but don’t operate them will be required to be trained on:
- Proper use of fall protection in MEWP’s, including anchor point locations.
- How they could affect the stability of a lift.
- Use of any accessories (if applicable).
- Emergency evacuation procedures.
- Maintenance personnel for MEWP’s will be required to be trained on:
- How to properly inspect lifts for defects.
- The manufacturer’s maintenance requirements.
Before you panic… know that employers will have 12-months from the date of publication to become compliant. Also, previously manufactured MEWP’s will not be required to comply with the “Design Requirements” set forth in this standard.