An OSHA directive provides guidance for on when compliance officers should initiate an inspections of a crane operator’s training, certification, and evaluation under the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard.
This standard applies to power-operated equipment, when used in construction, that can hoist, lower and horizontally move a suspended load. Such equipment includes, but is not limited to: Articulating cranes (such as knuckle-boom cranes); crawler cranes; floating cranes; cranes on barges; locomotive cranes; mobile cranes (such as wheel-mounted, rough-terrain, all-terrain, commercial truck-mounted, and boom truck cranes); multi-purpose machines when configured to hoist and lower (by means of a winch or hook) and horizontally move a suspended load; industrial cranes (such as carry-deck cranes); dedicated pile drivers; service/mechanic trucks with a hoisting device; a crane on a monorail; tower cranes (such as a fixed jib, i.e., “hammerhead boom”), luffing boom and self-erecting); pedestal cranes; portal cranes; overhead and gantry cranes; straddle cranes; sideboom cranes; derricks; and variations of such equipment. However, items listed in paragraph (c) of this section are excluded from the scope of this standard.”
OSHA is partnering with key groups to assist with this effort, including the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA), OSHA approved State Plans, State consultation programs, the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), the National Safety Council, the National Construction Safety Executives (NCSE), the U.S. Air Force, and the OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Centers.
Companies can conduct a Safety Stand-Down by taking a break to have a toolbox talk or another safety activity such as conducting safety equipment inspections, developing rescue plans, or discussing job specific hazards. Managers are encouraged to plan a stand-down that works best for their workplace anytime. See Suggestions to Prepare for a Successful “Stand-Down” and Highlights from the Past Stand-Downs. OSHA also hosts an Events page with events that are free and open to the public to help employers and employees find events in your area.
Employers will be able to provide feedback about their Stand-Down and download a Certificate of Participation following the Stand-Down.
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The HTIW Coalition represents the North American High Temperature Insulation Wool (HTIW) industry in matters relating to health and safety. Its members manufacture a broad range of HTIW products that are essential in industrial applications, such as the thermal insulation of furnaces, other thermal process equipment, automotive catalytic converters and for various fire protection and prevention purposes.
The primary objective of the Coalition is to develop and disseminate guidance on appropriate work practices and other occupational safety and health measures in the production and use of HTIWs.
In collaboration with OSHA’s Office of Federal Agency Programs, the OSHA Training Institute will conduct a series of 10, half-day seminars that will cover fall protection, welding hazards, road construction, excavation overview, indoor air quality, anti-retaliation programs and communicable disease transmission. Training will be held at the OTI, 2020 South Arlington Heights Road.
This year, OSHA will offer in-person and virtual training. In the event an increase in community transmission of COVID-19 in Arlington Heights is detected, all training will be moved online.
Registration must be completed between June 20 and July 29 to participate. Contact OTI Student Support at email@example.com for assistance. OSHA does not charge tuition and fees for federal agency personnel to attend the training courses.
OTI provides training and education in occupational safety and health for federal and state compliance officers, state consultants, other federal agency personnel, and the private sector. OSHA’s Office of Federal Agency Programs is responsible for coordinating safety and health inspections of federal worksites to ensure agencies provide federal workers with safe work environments.