OSHA Clarifies Certification Requirements for Crane Operators

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule today that clarifies certification requirements for crane operators, and maintains the employer’s duty to ensure that crane operators can safely operate the equipment. The final rule will maintain safety and health protections for workers while reducing compliance burdens.

Under the rule, employers are required to train operators to perform crane activities, evaluate them, and document successful completion of the evaluations. Evaluations for operators prior to December 9, 2018, will not have to be conducted again, but a record of when those evaluations were completed will need to be made.