In the USA the CCO (previously the NCCCO - National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators) and its charitalble offspring, the NCCCO Foundation have signed a formal agreement with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) through the OSHA Alliance Programme.
The aim of the alliance is to keep industry better informed of OSHA’s applicable safety related initiatives and will enable the three organisations to collaborate more closely to provide both employees and employers with information, guidance, and resources to promote workplace safety and health, while raising awareness of employees rights and employers’ responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
The agreement was signed in Washington, DC by CCO chief executive Thom Sicklesteel Thomas ‘T.J.’ Cantwell the executive director of the NCCCO Foundation and Doug Parker, Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA
Under the agreement, CCO, the NCCCO Foundation, and OSHA will work together to develop numerous other initiatives aimed at improving safety in the load handling industry, including:
• Sharing industry alerts
• Encouraging industry participation in and support of OSHA events and programs
• Convening roundtable discussions and stakeholder meetings on crane industry safety
• Providing opportunities for OSHA to speak and participate in industry meetings and events
• Raising awareness of resources and tools that will assist operators in complying with OSHA regulations
• Sharing information on updates to OSHA load handling regulations and enforcement such as certification and evaluation requirements
• Developing surveys for candidate base segments and sharing survey results
• Encouraging key CCO test sites to build relationships with OSHA’s Regional and Area Offices to promote safety and awareness
Additionally, the alliance will coordinate opportunities for training of OSHA compliance staff focused on operator qualification, certification standards, and jobsite responsibilities as well as equipment demonstrations or innovations.