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Aerial Work Platforms: OSHA, ANSI Standards
OTHER PARTS OF THIS ARTICLEPt. 1: Lifts: How to Develop a Written Safety ProgramPt. 2: This PagePt. 3: Lifts: What Does Training Program Entail?Pt. 4: Lifts: How to Inspect and Test Equipment
Along with identifying the key stakeholders in the program, the written plan must include workplace safety regulations. OSHA regulates these devices as scaffolds under 29CFR 1910.67. Due to the vast number and variations of aerial work platforms on the market, OSHA regulations reference adherence to consensus standards and the manufacturer's operating manual for compliance.
Managers must have copies of manufacturers' operating manuals for each aerial work platform their department uses. Organizations cannot develop a written safety program without information from the manufacturer.
The ANSI standard A92.3, 2006 edition, Manually Propelled Elevating Aerial Platforms, applies to manually propelled work platforms, those that are vertically adjustable by manual or powered means, and platforms that may be towed or manually moved horizontally on wheels or casters that are an integral part of the work-platform base.
ANSI Standard A92.6, 1999 edition, Self-Propelled Elevating Work Platforms, applies to self-propelled, vertically adjustable, integral-chassis work platforms. Such platforms are power-operated with primary controls for all movement operated from the platform.