December 2017 Newsletter                              Volume 9, Issue 12

OSHA Issues Final Rule Setting Compliance Date for Crane
Operator Certification Requirements

WASHINGTON, DC - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a  final rule setting November 10, 2018, as the date for employers in the construction industries to comply with a requirement for crane operator certification. The final rule becomes effective November 9, 2017.

OSHA issued a final cranes and derricks rule in August 2010. After stakeholders expressed concerns regarding the rule's certification requirements, OSHA published a separate final rule in September 2014, extending by three years the crane operator certification and competency requirements. This one-year extension provides additional time for OSHA to complete a rulemaking to address stakeholder concerns related to the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard.

OSHA's Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) recommended delaying enforcement of the certification requirement and extending the employer assessment responsibilities for the same period.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
Source: U.S. Department of Labor 
Upcoming OSHA Training for December 2017
For further information on course details and how to register, click the course name or call 866-906-9190.
EPA Outreach Trainer Course  (ETI 501)  
    - Date: 12/05/2017 to 12/08/2017
    - Price: $695

    - Date: 12/11/2017 to 12/14/2017
    - Price: $895
Safety Council of Texas City
409-948-9009 ext. 404