When it comes to performing any form of work in a workplace, it’s crucial to stay aware of health and safety practices as outlined by OSHA. OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, is a part of the United States Department of Labor. It works to guarantee safe and proper working conditions for employees in various workplaces. It does this by determining and enforcing standards while offering outreach, training, assistance, and education on these matters. Before using workplace tools such as aerial lifts, here are some OSHA requirements you need to be aware of.
The first regulation to consider is 1926.453(B)(2)(II). This regulation states that “only authorized persons shall operate an aerial lift.
” This is a key regulation, but there are still more standards to keep in mind.
1926.21(B)(2) states that “the employer shall instruct each employee in the recognition and avoidance of unsafe conditions and the regulations applicable to his work environment to control or eliminate any hazards or other exposure to illness or injury.” This training standard does confirm that employees must be trained, however, OSHA doesn’t have specific standards for training employees to use aerial lifts.
Watch the video above to learn more about OSHA standards that must be followed when using an aerial lift.