Familiarize Yourself With The Regulations And Standards That Govern The Equipment You Operate
The standards that govern the access equipment industry have changed. The more you know about these changes, the easier it is to be compliant going forward. Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs), formally known as aerial work platforms (AWPs), under the amended American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A92.20 will replace A92.3, A92.5, and A92.6. Aerial Work Platforms (AWPs) will be replaced by Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs). The new ANSI A92 Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP) includes design, safe use, and training standards. All North American manufacturers and operators need to understand and abide by the new safety features for future compliance.
The new standards will classify equipment into two different groups. Group A is consisted of MEWPs that move vertically but stay inside the tipping lines, and Group B includes all others, such as boom-type MEWPs where the platform extends past the machine’s chassis. In addition, the equipment is grouped into three types. Type 1 can only be driven in the stowed position, Type 2 can be driven elevated but is controlled from the chassis, and Type 3 can be driven elevated but is controlled from the work platform. The new standards A92.20 (for design), A92.22 (for safe use), and A92.24 (for training) will replace the current standards A92.5 for boom supported platforms and A92.6 for scissor type platforms. Please familiarize yourself with the following key changes:
Machines are required to actively monitor load and interrupt normal operations by sounding an alarm if overloaded.
Wind Force Requirements
To be rated for outdoor use, machines may require reduced platform capacities and/or increased weight for more stability. Machines must be clearly marked if they are rated for indoor use only.
Tires / Stability Testing
Most rough terrain equipment will only be available with solid tires or foam-filled tires based on the new stability testing guidelines.
Tilt Sensing Requirements
Machines that could previously only operate on level surfaces will be able for use on slopes. These machines will be required to have a tilt sensor alarm and cutout. If the incline surpasses the slope limit, the system will disable boom and drive functions.
The railing height requirement will be raised for small indoor scissor lifts. Taller folding rails will replace fixed, non-folding rails on select models so they can fit through standard doorways.
Machine Documentation and Markings
Machines must be cleary marked with the date of the last Annual Inspection and should have an updated manual on board that includes all new definitions and required information.
Additional Helpful Resources
JLG manufactures a broad range of products and, offers comprehensive training options for its products.. JLG is committed to helping keep the industry compliant with ANSI and CSA standards.
The Scaffold & Access Industry Association is committed to the safety, training and education of the industry. SAIA helped to develop scaffold and access safety and is a leading source for the access industry regulations.
Genie has been committed to working on addressing and implementing the new ANSI and CSA standards across its broad range of products and, to offer effective support and training solutions.