Lifting devices and OSHA compliance


OSHA 1910 and 1926 provides clear instructions regarding the usage of lifting devices. Sadly, some companies find out too late that their lifting systems are not in compliance. How can you be sure that your system is safe and meets the OSHA requirements? Five ideas to use as a start:​ (1) Ensure that all purchased products are designed to applicable industry standards and require a statement of compliance. (2) Ensure that each device includes operating instructions approved by a qualified engineer. (3) Validate that the device was designed and manufactured to the appropriate ASME B30 standards. (4) Use the device only in accordance with approved procedures. All deviations must be reviewed and approved by a qualified engineer.​ (5) Any deviations or modifications to the lifting devices must be approved in writing by a qualified professional 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.​​Most states define a qualified engineer as one that is licensed to practice in that ​state (Professional Engineer). Please consult the laws of your state. ​Similar text is found in OSHA 1910


OSHA states in some places "Qualified Person" and in other places "Qualified Professional Engineer." Why should my designs be PE approved even if my state doesn't require such approval? That's a great question. A professionally seal drawing (i.e. drawing sealed by a professional engineer) is great proof that your system was designed by a "qualified person".

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