Government and regulatory
New standards for elevated work platforms available for public review
Aug. 7, 2015 - The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) has released drafts of its new B354.8 "Mobile elevating work platforms - Safety principals, inspection, maintenance and operations" and B354.9 "Mobile elevating work platforms - Operator (driver) training" standards for public review and comment. Interested individuals can read the drafts and comment by creating a free account on csagroup.org.
By Patrick Flannery
According to the standard’s scope statement, the standard addresses “all groups and types of Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (MEWPs) that are intended to move persons, along with their tools and materials, into an elevated position to allow work to be performed as specified in CSA B354.7 Mobile elevating work platforms – Design, calculations, safety requirements and test methods.” Topics include scheduled maintenance programs, minimum approach distances, hazardous locations, entanglement, load transfer, operator footing, ventillation, fuelling, battery changing, stabilization, improper use as a crane and more.
CSA standards are frequently referenced in Canadian and provincial building codes and safety regulations. Public review gives rental operators a chance to influence the development of these standards that may significantly affect the kinds of products you carry and how your customers are allowed to use them.
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