December 5, 2019

Temporary OSHA Policy Addresses Certifications from Crane Institute Certification

A temporary enforcement policy issued by OSHA on Nov. 25 states that the agency will not accept crane operator certifications and re-certifications issued by Crane Institute Certification on or after Dec. 2, 2019. The agency requires construction crane operators to be certified by an entity accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency. According to OSHA, CIC no longer holds such accreditation. The agency’s temporary enforcement policy is intended to prevent industry confusion and potential disruptions of construction crane projects.

Although CIC-issued certifications are not compliant with OSHA’s crane operator certification requirement, the agency says that it does not intend to cite employers for operating equipment that violates that requirement as long as their operators, in good faith, obtained CIC-issued certifications prior to Dec. 2, 2019, with the belief that the certifications met OSHA requirements.

For more information, see OSHA’s press release.