Crane & Rigging, Insurance, Risk Management

OSHA Releases Enforcement Memo Regarding CIC Certifications

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a temporary enforcement policy regarding CIC-issued certifications.

A press release from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), circulated at the end of November, announces a temporary enforcement policy for certifications issued by Crane Institute of America Certification, LLC (CIC)

Subpart CC—Cranes and Derricks in Construction requires crane operators to be certified by a certification body “accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency”, as outlined in 29 CFR 1926.1427(d). CIC had previously been accredited by an organization that appeared to meet that requirement. 

However, CIC has informed OSHA that it is not currently accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency. CIC also stated that it expects to receive that accreditation within the next few months. As such, operator certifications currently being issued by CIC do not meet the requirements of OSHA’s standard.

To eliminate construction industry confusion going forward, OSHA will consider whether crane operators acting in good faith obtained certifications issued by CIC prior to December 2, 2019 believing they met the requirements of the standard. In such instances, employers should not be cited for violating the operator certification requirements of 29 CFR 1926.1427(d). 

OSHA will not accept CIC-issued certifications or re-certifications issued on or after December 2, 2019. 

Learn more and see the full press release via the OSHA website.