OSHA 1910 and 1926 provide clear instructions regarding the use of lifting devices. These guidelines are set up to reduce risk before anyone is injured, but sadly, some companies find out too late that their lifting systems are not in compliance.
5 Steps to Verify OSHA Compliance
How can you be sure that your system is safe and meets the OSHA requirements? We have five ideas to start with:
Ensure that all of your purchased products are designed to applicable industry standards, and require a statement of compliance.
Ensure that each device includes operating instructions approved by a qualified engineer.
Validate that the device was designed and manufactured to the appropriate ASME B30 standards.
Use the device only in accordance with approved procedures. All deviations must be reviewed and approved by a qualified engineer.
Make sure any deviations or modifications to the lifting devices are approved in writing by a qualified professional engineer.
Knowing Who’s Qualified
OSHA uses the term "Qualified Professional Engineer" in some places and "Qualified Person” in others. How do you know who’s a “qualified person”?
OSHA 1926.32 defines a qualified person this way:
“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.”
The Value of PE Approval
What if your state doesn’t require a PE stamp? A professionally sealed drawing (that is, one sealed by a professional engineer) is great proof that your system was designed by a "qualified person." Having that documentation helps demonstrate that you followed OSHA guidelines to ensure that your lifting device is safe.