The American Rental Association has partnered with the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, the International Powered Access Federation and the Scaffold & Access Industry Association to develop a document of best practices regarding workplace risk assessment and selecting the most appropriate aerial work platform equipment for particular jobs.
The result of the joint effort is the Statement of Best Practices for Workplace Risk Assessment and Aerial Work Platform Selection. The organizations previously issued documents covering best practices of personal fall protection systems and best practices of general training and familiarization for aerial equipment.
The objective of the participating organizations was to help in the identifications of hazards, offer guidance for conducting a thorough workplace risk assessment and implementing control measures as well as assist in the selection of the most appropriate AWP equipment for the work involved.
The objectives of the new best practice document are:
- Educate the industry on applicable OSHA regulations and industry-recognized and supported ANSI/SAIA A92 standards;
- Provide information to assist users and operators in assessing the risk of potential hazards for the work to be done and implementing appropriate control measures to reduce or eliminate such risks;
- Offer guidance and issues to consider in the selection of the most appropriate AWP equipment to perform particular work;
- Encourage the incorporation of best practices into a company’s workplace risk-assessment plan.
The Statement of Best Practices for Workplace Risk Assessment and Aerial Work Platform Selectionwas unveiled by the participating organizations during the Rental Show in Las Vegas. The document will be available as a free download from each participating organizations’ website.