While many designate 2020 as "The Year of COVID-19," those of us in the mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) industry will earmark 2020 as the year the new ANSI/SAIA A92 suite of standards took effect. The new ANSI/SAIA A92 suite of standards introduced the most significant changes in design, safe-use, and training requirements that MEWP industry stakeholders have seen since industry standards were first published.
Identifying the MEWP Supervisor
One of the more significant additions in the safe-use standard is the introduction of responsibilities for a MEWP supervisor – someone assigned by MEWP employers and users to monitor, supervise, and evaluate operators on a regular basis. Similar to MEWP operators, supervisors must receive training as defined in the ANSI A92.24 training standard. The employer or user of MEWP operators has the ultimate responsibilities for the application, inspection, training, maintenance, repair, and safe operation of MEWPs. A trained, qualified MEWP supervisor can be a qualified person who assists with these responsibilities.
MEWP Supervisor Training Overview
MEWP supervisor training must include the rules, regulations, and standards that apply to MEWPs for safe-use, training and familiarization, and the work being performed. This training addresses all employer responsibilities and planning.
The scope of supervisor training includes the need to develop a MEWP-specific, safe-use program that includes:
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Tony Groat is manager of IPAF North America, member of the ANSI A92 main committee and sub-committees, and vice chair of the CSA B354 technical committee. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.