There is a chance that the November 2017 OSHA crane operator certification requirement deadline will be delayed for one year. Last month, an OSHA advisory panel held a public hearing. They voted to recommend that OSHA extend the compliance deadline to November, 2018.
The stated reason for the deadline extension is as follows: “…to allow adequate time for the proposed rule to be published and finalized. Employers will continue to benefit from the protections of the current requirements during the delay.”
According to the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO), “All indications are that the existing language will be substantially changed to remove the requirement for certification by crane capacity and to better define the role of certification in determining whether or not an operator meets OSHA’s definition of qualified.”
The USSC will follow the course of this development and provide periodic updates.
For further information, refer to these resources:
USSC Consultant Randy Wright, (570) 772-6366, [email protected]
National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) http://www.nccco.org/general/oshas-crane-rule