ANSI A92 MEWP safety standards face new delay until June

The date on which the updated suite of ANSI A92 MEWP Standards come into effect has been postponed until June 1. Published in December 2018, the standards were initially set to go into effect in December 2019, but two appeals were approved by the ANSI Board of Standards Review (BSR), and the Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) A92 needed to draft limited revisions to comply with the BSR’s decision.

The required timeline under ANSI guidelines to redraft and issue the limited revised standards resulted in a delay in the effective date to March 1, 2020. However, the original appellants then issued supplemental appeals and two new appeals have also been lodged against the limited-revision standards, which now require a hearing.

Again, to comply with ANSI’s required timelines to address the appeals, the March 2020 effective date has had to be delayed for appeal decisions to be completed, by an estimated 90 days. The A92 ASC has now approved the effective date to be extended to June 1, 2020.

Tony Groat, IPAF’s North America Regional Manager, who sits on the ANSI MEWP-safety standards drafting committees, says: “Appeals are supposed to be brought on violations of ANSI’s processes and procedures, not the language used in the standards. However, the core issues here are based on language requiring a manual of responsibilities and addressing OEM approval on MEWP modifications.

“It’s great that our industry has passionate people who will fight for what they believe in, however these unprecedented delays do create confusion and uncertainty. It is a challenge to plan for effective compliance with a moving target and uncertainty as to when the updated standards will go into effect.

“These are published standards and many in the industry have started readying compliance with the suite of standards already, in the belief they will ultimately go into effect at some point in 2020. Complying now will only lead to improved safety.

“IPAF’s stand at Conexpo in Las Vegas will offer free guidance on becoming compliant; IPAF is also offering presentations and webinars to companies and organizations that require more information on implementing the new standards.”

IPAF’s Stand F9100 at Conexpo-Con/Agg 2020 will offer free guidance and assistance aimed at becoming compliant with the updated ANSI MEWP Safety Standards ahead of the effective date, including why owners and operators of MEWPs must understand and implement a safe-use plan. The IPAF stand will also showcase the latest technical and safety guidance, leaflets, stickers and decals, offered freely by IPAF experts and members, including representatives from some of the powered access industry’s leading OEMs.

Other news you might be interested in

  • Accidents while working at height using MEWPs are proportionally more likely to occur when working in public areas or alongside roads than on controlled work sites such as construction sites or commercial premises, according to IPAF’s latest safety report. The report is now available to view or download free of charge via www.ipaf.org/accident

  • The IPAF Summit & IAPAs 2020 event, scheduled to be held in London, UK, on 23 April 2020, has been postponed and will now be held on 8 October, owing to ongoing concerns and contingency planning in response to the worldwide coronavirus outbreak.

  • The first in a series of potentially life-saving safety briefings has been launched by IPAF. IPAF’s ‘Toolbox Talks’ are a series of safety presentations ideal for use in breakrooms and worksites to get key messages across at the start of a shift.