ANSI A92 MEWP Standards Delayed Until 2020

The effective date for the new ANSI A92 suite of standards for MEWPs has been pushed back until March 1, 2020, members of the A92 Main Committee decided at the 2019 ASC A92 Aerial Work Platforms Annual Meeting, held Oct. 27-30 in Kansas City, Missouri.

The suite, which includes the A92.20 design, A92.22 safe use, and A92.24 training standards, was originally set to go into effect in December, but two appeals, partially approved by ANSI this spring, have resulted in the delays.

The appeals, brought by the ARA and Tutus Solutions, opposed the requirements that the Manual of Responsibilities (MOR) must be placed on every MEWP and that modifications or additions to a MEWP must be made only with the permission of the manufacturer. ANSI agreed that those provisions were not in compliance with ANSI’s commercial policy.

Language changes to the A92.20 and A92.22 standards were balloted and approved by the A92 Main Committee. The public can review and comment on those changes until Nov. 10, 2019. 

The revised language and information on the call for public comments can be found here in the ANSI Standards Action. Comments on the limited revisions should be submitted to deanna@saiaonline.org (with optional copy to psa@ansi.org).

Following the close of the public comment period, the A92 Main Committee will go through a 30-day recirculation ballot and a 30-day appeals period before submitting the final proposal to ANSI. Once the ANSI BSR has received the final submittal, the appellants will have an additional 15 days to submit an appeal to the ANSI BSR. 

The Scaffold and Access Industry Association, which serves as the secretariat for the A92 standards, has been working with the appellants, other main committee members, and ANSI on this process. Actions being taken in an attempt to resolve the continued issues include forming a Commercial Terms Violation Ad hoc, providing more guidance on the ANSI Lack of Dominance Policy, instituting additional policies and procedures for the A92 sub-committees, adding three licenses agreements on the SAIA Manual of Responsibilities (MoR), and reporting on A92 Standards and MoRs financials.

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