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OSHA issues temporary enforcement policy for certifications from Crane Institute Certification

Agency will not accept CIC certification, recertification issued on or after Dec. 2, 2019

Posted December 9, 2019

OSHA has issued a temporary enforcement policy for crane operator certifications issued by Crane Institute Certification (CIC). OSHA requires crane operators engaged in construction activity to be certified by an entity accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency, and CIC no longer holds this accreditation.

Until further notice, OSHA will not accept CIC certifications – including recertifications – issued on or after December 2, 2019.

However, OSHA does not intend to cite employers for operating equipment that violates that requirement if their operators, in good faith, obtained CIC-issued certifications prior to December 2, 2019, with the belief the certifications met the standard’s requirements.

OSHA says it will revisit the policy when CIC provides evidence that it is accredited in accordance with the regulations.

This article was written by Rachel Krubsack of J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

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