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International Sign Association: Serving the Sign, Graphics and Visual Communications Industry

Member Alert

OSHA Crane Operator Certification Delay

Crane rule officially delayed until November 2018

OSHA today published a Final Rule delaying its deadline for crane operators to be certified by one year until November 10, 2018.

OSHA is also extending its employer duty to ensure that crane operators are competent to operate a crane safely for the same one-year period.

The Rule takes effect immediately.

ISA communications leading up to the official extension:

  • June 2017—A federal advisory board recommended a one year delay.
  • July 2017—OSHA formally indicated that the agency “will issue an extension of the effective date."
  • August 2017—OSHA proposed the extension and opened up its rulemaking docket for a public comment period lasting until September 29, 2017.
  • November 2017 (Today)—The extension is official, just one day before the certification requirement was due to come into effect.

What led OSHA to confirm the proposed delay?

OSHA believes that an additional year will be sufficient to complete work on addressing the two issues that has concerned industry ever since the crane rule was published in 2010:

  1. Do operators need to be certified by type and capacity, or just by type?
  2. Is certification sufficient by itself to deem an operator qualified to operate a crane?

What action should you take now?

Find additional resources on the crane operator certification requirements at the newly updated

For more information on OSHA regulations, please visit or contact ISA’s Kenny Peskin.

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