OSHA's Temporary Enforcement Policy on Crane Operator Certification

December 2, 2019 

OSHA has issued a temporary enforcement policy on crane operator certifications from the Crane Institute Certification (CIC). OSHA’s standard on cranes and derricks in construction requires crane operators to be certified by a certification body “accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency.” 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, but expects to receive that accreditation in the next few months. 

To eliminate any confusion, OSHA will consider whether crane operators acting in good faith obtained certifications from CIC before December 2, 2019 believing they met the requirements of the standard. Where such good faith is found, OSHA will not cite employers for violating the operator certification requirements of the standard. OSHA will not accept CIC certification issued on or after December 2, 2019. OSHA will revisit this policy when CIC produces evidence that it is accredited in accordance with the standard.