December 10, 2019, is an important deadline for those who manufacture, own, or operate aerial lifts. Make sure you’re aware of the change in the ANSI A92.22 standards for Safe Use and A92.24 standards for training before it’s time to comply.

Changes are coming and here’s what you should be aware of:

  • All aerial lifts are now called Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (MEWPs) and will be broken up by groups and sub-divided into types:
    • Group Classifications:
      • Group A – if a MEWP moves vertically but within the wheelbase (scissor lift).
      • Group B – if a MEWP moves beyond the wheelbase (boom lift).
    • Type Classifications:
      • Type 1 – can only be driven in the stowed position.
      • Type 2 – can be driven in the elevated position and controlled from the chassis.
      • Type 3 – can be driven elevated and is controlled from the work platform.
  • Anyone who uses MEWPs must develop a risk assessment and site safety plan and be shared with everyone onsite. An effective plan should include:
    • A description of the job.
    • Risks associated with using the MEWP.
    • A list of workers who have been trained.
    • Safe work procedures.
    • A rescue plan for workers who may be trapped in the elevated position.
  • Lift occupants and supervisors now require some level of training.
    • Occupants are anyone in the lift who are not operators. Occupants must receive training on fall protection and what to do if the operator can no longer operate the lift.
    • A supervisor is an individual whose responsibility is to monitor the MEWP operator. Anyone in this position must now receive MEWP training.
    • Operators must familiarize themselves with any MEWP they are not familiar with prior to operating.
  • Newly manufactured MEWPs will require new safety features, consisting of:
    • A self-closing gated entrance as chains are no longer satisfactory.
    • Load limit and tilt and wind speed sensors to reduce the potential for the lift to tip.
    • Indoor-only equipment will be created and labeled as such.
    • A required height on railings of 43.5-inches (previously 39-inches).
    • Puncture-resistant tires for MEWPs used on rough terrain.
    • NOTE: Existing equipment does not need to be modified to meet the new standards.


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