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30 Day Delay for OSHA Crane Operator Certification

Posted: 11/08/2018

CORRECTION! The deadline for all crane operators to be certified was November 10, 2018.

The Final Rule, as it appeared in the November 9 edition of the Federal Register can be accessed here.

The Final Rules contains these changes since May 2018:

  • Removed certification by "Capacity" from certification requirements. Operators must be certified by "Type" (e.g., Mobile, Tower, Gantry), but Capacity certifications (e.g., "Under 21 tons", "21-75 tons," "Over 75 tons") are now optional.
  • Added requirements for ongoing comprehensive training of operators, both formal and practical instruction.
  • Clarified and permanently extend the employer duty to evaluate potential operators for their ability to safely operate equipment covered by the Final Rule.
  • Required documentation of that employer evaluation.

Please visit for the latest information. Please let us know if you have any questions or feel free to call Kenny Peskin, Director Industry Programs with specific questions at [email protected] or 703.778.8096. 

Over the last several years, ISA has represented the sign, graphics and visual communications industry's interests in Washington, DC as OSHA formulated and then planned to implement its crane operator certification rule. 

In particular:

  • Drafting and submitting comments to OSHA,
  • Educating officials from the Small Business Administration and other federal agencies, and
  • Gathering political support on Capitol Hill to back our efforts, on October 24, 2018, ten Members of Congress signed on to a letter sent from Congressman Bill Johnson to Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta, asking that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) make the impending regulation less burdensome on sign, graphics and visual communications industry crane operators. This letter follows earlier ISA-led requests in 2017 and from ISA in late 2016.

Despite ISA's opposition to this regulation on our industry, the requirement is now in effect.

ISA urges all companies to certify any relevant crane operator employees to avoid civil and financial penalties.

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