OSHA Sets Call-in Meeting on Delaying Crane-Operator Certification | Construction News

Bloomberg reports that OSHA will propose to extend the compliance deadline for certification of operators of construction cranes from Nov. 10, 2017, until November of 2018.

In May, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that it intended to delay the Nov. 10 deadline for third-party certification of operators (29 C.F.R. Subpart CC), but didn’t say how long the delay would be.

Before OSHA can issue a rule extending the deadline, the proposal must be reviewed by the agency’s Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH). During a June 20 teleconference with the committee, OSHA officials will present their proposal and hear committee and public comment on setting a new date (RIN:1218-AC96).

Work on revising qualification requirements began during the Obama administration, following complaints from contractors, crane owners, and operators that certification should be based only on crane type, not on both crane type and lifting capacity, as the current rule requires.

The dial-in number for the meeting is (888) 604-9368, and the passcode is 8521818.

People interested in making presentations must make their requests by June 9. Submit requests and documents at http://www.regulations.gov, and reference Docket No. OSHA-2017-0007.