ANSI Standards for AWPs Will be Updated

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has implemented updates to the standards for boom and scissor lifts. New requirements dictate the design, safety and test methods for Aerial Work Platforms (AWPs), now referred to as Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs). ANSI revised those standards in conjunction with the Scaffold & Access Industry Association (SAIA). SAIA has been developing safety guidelines for the industry for 35 years.

The new ANSI A92 standards will include A92.22 for safe use, A92.20 for design and A92.24 for training. The new standards are replacing prior ANSI standards A92.3, A92.5, A92.6 and A92.8 which covered manually propelled aerial, booms, scissors and under-bridge inspection machines.

Manufacturers will have to meet the new requirements within one year of the standards being published. This means newly manufactured machinery will need to comply with the new requirements. Existing machines will not be required to meet those new standards and are still approved for use.

The updates include:
• Terminology changes
• Platform load sensing technology requirements
• Platform entry requirements
• Railing height requirements
• Stability testing
• Wind force requirements

Contact CED Technologies for more information on the latest ANSI standards.  Call us at 800-780-4221 or contact one of our regional representatives.