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New ANSI standard covers MEWP design, training & safe use

by Rick Smith, ISHN, July 12, 2019

As equipment in the access industry continues to evolve, so too must the safety standards the industry relies upon. It’s imperative for machine owners and operators to understand these safety standards, stay abreast of any upcoming modifications and prepare themselves accordingly. The new ANSI A92 standard for the access and lift equipment industry addresses new issues, simplifies the MEWP classification terminology and promotes safety and education.

The ANSI A92 standard

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ANSI, the American National Standards Institute, is a private, nonprofit organization that develops consensus standards and assessment systems across many U.S. industries. While they apply specifically to products in the United States, these standards are used as guidelines and best practices around the world.

With the last major changes to ANSI standards in the access industry taking place more than a decade ago in 2006, it was time for an update. The new ANSI A92 standard was developed to improve safety and efficiency for the design and use of MEWPs, formerly known as aerial work platforms. The updated ANSI A92 suite of design, safe use and training standards was published in the U.S. on Dec. 10, 2018 and will be officially effective in December 2019. These new standards more closely align North American standards requirements with current ISO standards…

 

Read more on the ANSI page

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