Washington – OSHA issued a temporary enforcement policy for the construction industry after being informed by Crane Institute Certification, based in Sanford, FL, that the organization is no longer accredited by a nationally recognized accreditation agency as per Section 1926.1427 (i.e. ) OSHAHA stipulates cranes and derrick cranes in the construction standard.
In a November 25 memo to Regional Administrators and State Plan Officers Scott Ketcham, Director of Construction at OSHA, writes that many employers “may have acted in good faith by obtaining crane operator certifications from CIC that they believed to be OSHA requirements match requirements, “adding,” If such good faith is determined, employers should not be cited for violating the operator certification requirement of 29 CFR 1926.1427 (d). “
Ketcham cautions that this policy will only apply until the certification expiration date. OSHA does not accept CIC crane operator certification issued on or after December 2nd “as evidence of compliance” with federal regulations.
The memo states that OSHA will reconsider this Temporary Enforcement Policy once CIC has demonstrated that it is back in compliance, which the Institute expects “within the next few months”.