Following are some of the main changes you can expect to see in these new standards but this is not a complete list by any means. Also, be aware that some of the information is specific to ANSI or CSA while other information is common to both.

Layout

The new standards are not laid out in separate sections directed toward Owners, Users, Operators, etc. Instead, the various related tasks are identified and the appropriate entity responsible is named. What this means is whoever assumes the tasks associated with a User (for example), takes on the associated responsibilities of the User.

Terminology

You’ve probably already noticed the abbreviation “MEWPs” as meaning “Mobile Elevating Work Platform” used in this article. This is now the common term used for all types of aerial lift devices and you will see it gradually become integrated into our training materials throughout 2018.

Definitions

The definitions throughout the standards have been expanded, revised and harmonized.

Classifications

A classification system based on the design and intended use of each MEWP is introduced in the new standards. It is an alphanumeric classification system which, for example classifies an aerial boomlift as a Type 3, Group B (3B) MEWP. Watch for more details on this in later IVES Updates.

 

Design and Construction:

Most MEWPs will need to have a platform load sensing system that monitors load weight and disables certain functions if exceeded.

Additional interlocks, enable devices, guarding and/or time-out systems will be added to prevent prolonged unintentional control activations.

Function controls will now only be able to be activated one at a time.

The maximum activation speed of some functions will be limited.

Chains or ropes (flexible materials) will no longer be acceptable as guardrails at platform entry/exit points.

 

Safe Use:

The standards do not apply to electrically insulated MEWPs.

MEWPs must have some means of identifying when the most recent annual inspection was performed on them.

A risk assessment must be completed prior to use of the MEWP.

A rescue plan for working at height must be in place.

Enhanced details relative to weather conditions are included.

Working on public roads is now addressed.

A non-occupant trained in the emergency use of the lower controls must be on site where MEWPS are used (ANSI only).

 

Training:

Language addressing the mental and physical capabilities of the operator has been added.

Requirements for Supervisor and Platform Occupant training are now included (ANSI only).

A new requirement for the user to ensure that operators operate for a sufficient period of time to be proficient after familiarization.

Repair, maintenance and inspection (not including pre-start inspection) must be performed by qualified personnel in accordance with the MEWP manufacturer’s recommendations (new for CSA).

Credit to: Ives Training Group

 

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