The new ANSI A92 Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP) Design, Safe-use and Training suite of standards is set for publication soon this year. The CSA standards have now been approved and will be issued imminently. In both cases the industry will have a 12-month grace period to become compliant. IPAF has now issued an advisory white paper highlighting some of the key changes in the standards and advising owners and operators on how to become compliant. You can view and download the IPAF white paper for free by clicking here.
The new standards are ANSI A92.20 & CSA B354.6: Design, Calculations, Safety Requirements and Test Methods for Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs); ANSI A92.22 & CSA B354.7: Safe Use of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs); and ANSI A92.24 & CSA B354.8: Training Requirements for Operators of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs).
The suite of three new standards begins with the requirements for the design of MEWPs that specifies design calculations and stability criteria, construction, safety examinations and tests, followed by the safe-use standard that specifies requirements for application, inspection, training, maintenance, repair and safe operation, and then the training standard, which provides methods and guidelines to prepare MEWP training materials, defines administrative criteria, and delivers elements required for proper training. Compliance with all three standards should ensure the safe and effective use of this equipment.
These standards apply to all MEWPs as specified in the design standard and will ultimately replace the current standards referenced in the opening section on the effective date (i.e. 12 months after publication).
Please note this document is intended as an overview of the key changes only in the new standards; IPAF strongly recommends you read the full version of the new standards on publication. All guidance and information given in this document was correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. For further information about the new North American MEWP standards, advice about how to become compliant and membership or training support enquiries, email infoipaf.com or visit www.ipaf.com