Big Changes Coming to ANSI A92 Standards

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Tier 4 final emissions standards have already driven large disruptions in aerial rental, but pending changes to the ANSI A92/CSA B354 standards series* (which covers all North American aerials), be on the lookout for these standards to have an even greater impact in the years to come.

The new standards are based on an ISO model, so they are very similar to the current European EN280 standard. As a global manufacturer, Genie can leverage our experiences in Europe to help with the transition, but we have to remember that North American aerial operators are very different. It’s important that we, as an industry, starting preparing now for the impact it will have on rental fleets, rental customers and operators.

What is changing?

The new ANSI standards will be subject specific such that ANSI A92.20 (design), A92.22 (safe use) and A92.24 (training) covers booms, scissors and manually propelled aerials. There is no easy way to say it other than “everything will change.”

Some of the key changes in the new ANSI A92 standards are:

  1. Platform Load Sense – All aerials will be required to continuously check the weight in the platform and disable function if the load is above the platform load limit. This requires additional systems, sophisticated components, service and training requirements.
  1. Dynamic Terrain Sensing in Booms – Unlike the current standards, drive and certain boom functions must be disabled when out of their slope limit and functions restricted only to those that safely return the machine to terrain that is within limits.
  1. Indoor-Only Machines – Provisions will exist for aerials that may only be used indoors, not subject to wind loads. This may allow some smaller, lighter weight aerial types while some existing aerials may be rated “indoor only.”
  1. Terminology – Most terminology used in training and compliance will change. Aerial Work Platforms will become MEWPs (Mobile Elevating Work Platforms). MEWPs will be classified as groups A and B with types 1, 2, or 3 – not booms, scissors, etc., with more international language to get used to.
  1. A Lot More – This is an all-new standard with many changes. Examples include reduced lift and lower speeds, required toeguards on entrances, flexible and chain gates are prohibited while A92.22 and A92.24 make sweeping changes to how safe use and training for aerials are addressed and administered.

 

*ANSI/SAIA 92.3 for manually propelled aerial, 92.5 for booms, 92.6 for self-propelled (scissors), and 92.8 for under-bridge inspection machines (92.2 for vehicle mounted platforms is not involved).

4 comments for “Big Changes Coming to ANSI A92 Standards

  1. David Single
    April 5, 2016 at 1:41 am

    Brad,
    There will be a lot of customer resistance and general level of user/ operator issues with the new standards. They will blame each major brand for the regulator required changes. Having suffered these changes in Australia and New Zealand, and the negative customer responses, the Genie product safety managers will confirm these observations and issues.
    It is so good to see a manufacturer regularly informing the customer and the LinkedIn groups about the new ANSI A92 group of standards. It would be nice to have the big 4 produce a combined document to explain what is there now and what is expected. We did this as a manufacturers group with the EWPA in Australia and worked together to inform the customers and industries users and operators.

    • Brad Allen - Vice President
      April 6, 2016 at 12:40 pm

      Hi David,
      Thank you for taking the time to comment. This is the beginning of a series of articles and other material on the pending standards changes. We, at Genie, firmly believe that by educating the rental industry and helping them educate their customers, this transition will go smoothly. In fact, we have been surprised at the number of end users in construction who are viewing this not as a problem, but a true positive.

      Regards,
      Brad

  2. Jason Creeden
    April 5, 2016 at 5:01 am

    Will the current ANSI manuals 92.5 and 92.6 for booms and scissors need to be revised for these changes, or will the current manuals still be good to use on the new machines as well?

    • Harrison Jenkins - Engineering Manager
      Harrison Jenkins - Engineering Manager
      April 6, 2016 at 12:36 pm

      Hi Jason,
      The new A92 standard for safe use of the equipment is the primary driver of the content in the Manual of Responsibilities. Since this draft would represent new content, the MoR will be updated and will need to be replaced on all MEWPs both new and those in existing fleets by the standard’s effectivity date (typically one year after publication). The old MoR will no longer satisfy the requirement; however, the new MoR will cover all MEWPs so there will no longer be unique documents for Booms (A92.5), Scissors (A92.6), Portables (A92.3) and Under Bridge equipment (A92.8).

      Regards,
      Harrison

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