OSHA 1910 and 1926 define the employer's responsibility for workplace safety. Part of that responsibility means that employers will be held responsible for the suitability of Below the Hook (BTH) lifting devices. Suitability includes design and application of these tools, even if the tools were purchased from a third party.
Unfortunately, some companies find out too late that their BTH lifting systems are not in compliance. OSHA recognizes ASME B30.20 as an authority for lift device design. How can you make sure your BTH lift devices provide value?
To get started, you should make sure you have:
Evidence that BTH fixtures meet ASME B30.20, ASME BTH-1, ASME B30.9.
Operating and maintenance instructions for each device, approved by a qualified engineer.
Review and approval by a qualified engineer for any procedural deviations.
Review and approval of modifications to any device by a qualified engineer.
OSHA 1926.32 defines a qualified person as:
One who, by possession of a recognized degree, certificate, or professional standing, or who by extensive knowledge, training, and experience, has successfully demonstrated his ability to solve or resolve problems relating to the subject matter, the work, or the project.
Since specific requirements can vary, it’s best to make sure you understand how your state or province defines a qualified person.
Let Us Help
KTM Solutions designs and delivers custom BTH systems. In fact, they’re one of our specialties. Our products are designed for specific applications in compliance with ASME standards, and we provide the engineering definition or a turnkey system. When a client orders a turnkey system, our products include the appropriate ASME markings and proof load testing. In addition, we offer PE-sealed engineering documentation for your compliance records.
Let us help you deliver a safe lifting system that will be an asset to your company. If you are interested in learning more, let us know. Our engineers are ready to assist you.