Following the publication Nov. 9, 2018, in the Federal Register of the Final Rule for the qualification of crane operators, OSHA has provided further guidance and clarification on the effective dates of its new qualification requirements for crane operators. The two most important dates to be aware of are:
November 10, 2018 – Crane operators must be certified. Certifications may be by type alone and must be issued by an accredited certifying body such as NCCCO.
February 7, 2019 – Employers must evaluate their crane operators according to specified criteria and a stipulated process.
NCCCO is producing a full briefing document on the new rule for public distribution next week. For additional history on OSHA’s Crane Rule, see NCCCO’s OSHA Crane Rule Resource Center.