Key Requirements in New ANSI Standards for MEWPs

cherry picker for LJB blog post-pabloWe’re days away from ANSI’s new standards regarding the design, safe use and training requirements for mobile elevating working platforms (MEWPs) taking effect. March 1 is the big day!

Formerly known as aerial work platforms, MEWPs include machines, such as boom lifts, cherry pickers and scissor lifts, that help workers perform tasks at height.

ANSI’s new MEWP-related standards are:

  • A92.20: Design, Calculations, Safety Requirements and Test Methods for Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs)
  • A92.22: Safe Use of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs)
  • A92.24: Training Requirements for the Use, Operation, Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs)

The most significant new requirements include:

A risk assessment. All users of MEWPs are required to identify hazards on site, evaluate potential risks, establish control measures and communicate the findings to all employees and affected parties.

A rescue plan. Employers must have a documented rescue plan in place in case an operator becomes injured or incapacitated. The rescue plan should be added to the training manual, and all employees must be made aware of the rescue plan.

Training for occupants and supervisors. Under the 2006 ANSI standard, only operators were required to have safety training. The new standard requires anyone on a MEWP platform, even if they are not the operator, and anyone who supervises operators to also undergo safety training and be informed about the equipment and its operation. Supervisors are required to be trained, including knowing how to pick the right lift for each job and understanding the hazards associated with each type of MEWP.

MEWP Types for LJB from JLG

These new ANSI standards for MEWPs were published in December 2018 and initially scheduled to go into effect December 2019. Implementation was pushed to March 1, 2020.

Anyone who had training under the old standards will need to go through training and recertification again. Of course, if you haven’t received training at all, you need it. LJB’s safety and fall protection experts can help you determine what you need and how to get it. Contact us or comment below.

Image of MEWP groups & types courtesy of JLG.

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