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ASME B30.20, ASME B30.9, ASME B30.26, ASME BTH-1, OSHA 1910, OSHA 1926
OSHA references by inclusion the ASME B30 series standards. Although B30.20 is not specifically addressed, OSHA refers to industry accepted best practices as requirements. The point, if a company has access to information that improves safety and ignores it, they are not following the intent of the law. The law is the law. OSHA clearly states that the employer is responsible for providing a safe workplace for their employees. But what about moral responsibility? Isn't it our moral responsibility to ensure that the tools we provide to our employees are safe? Adherence to ASME standards provides assurance that lifting devices are designed and manufactured in accordance with proven and accepted practices. Compliance is relatively easy. A qualified engineer can help assure that the devices are designed appropriately, operational instructions are complete, device modifications are appropriate, and maintenance/inspection plans find problems before an employee is injured. That's what we do at KTM Solutions. Call us ... let us help you keep your employees safe.
OSHA requirements state that the employer is responsible for providing a safe workplace. Specific language addresses many aspects of lifting devices, including cranes and hook lifting devices. Although the OSHA requirements do not site specifically ASME B30.20, ASME BTH-1, and ASME B30.9 as standards to follow, these are industry recognized design and manufacturing best practices for these devices.
Past precedence has shown that employers have been fined because their devices did not include an ASME BTH-1, ASME B30.20 type identifier tag on the below the hook device. If this isn't required, why was the company fined? Usage of the tool resulted in a OSHA audit. The company had no proof that the device was safe for the application.
So, although the standards are not a requirement of OSHA, the necessity for safe equipment designed and manufactured to be safe is satisfied through compliance to the standard.
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