IMPORTANT SAFETY BULLETIN – NEW CODE UPDATES
You should be aware of a new development with respect to OSHA compliance related to your lifting devices. In 2006 there was a new ASME code published that affects not only how those devices are designed and built but how they are repaired or modified as well. Being aware of some of the details will help you to ensure your people’s safety and your company’s OSHA standing.
Basically, the existing code ANSI B30.20 has been replaced with a comprehensive new design code called BTH-1…..and the B30.20 no longer pertains to the design of below the hook lifters becoming purely a safety code.
There is language in the new BTH-1 code about how each unit, (both new and rebuilds) must have a tag identifying the “design category” and “service class” of the lifter. What this means is that any company building or repairing such equipment MUST have the ability to determine (via code-specific engineering calculations) what the design category and service class is according to the new code
Historically, anyone with a welding machine has been repairing these lifters, which resulted in a rash of accidents. This has prompted the requirements in the new code. Most “repair” facilities do not have an engineer on staff let alone one that is trained in below the hook lifters, nor do they provide the calculations showing how their rebuild meets the code…they simply repair in kind, not knowing any history of the device or if it even meets code.
If you look into your company’s policy, you will most likely find they insist on equipment used in their facility to meet the required design codes. You will also find OSHA speaks to this. It follows therefore, that one would want to ensure their equipment is being built/rebuilt to meet code as this will not only protect your company’s OSHA standing but most importantly will ensure the safety of your people.
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