Genie increasing MEWP safety to mark OHSA week

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Genie increases best practice and safety for mobile elevating work platform (MEWPs) with the release of a new white paper.

In support of OSHA’s Safe and Sound Week, August 12-18, the OEM is sharing the resource that raises awareness about the new training requirements for use of the machines in USA. The new Genie “Updated Training Requirements for Safe Use and Operation of MEWPs in North America” whitepaper provides customers with information they need to know about best practices for the safe use of MEWPs on aerial jobsites. Safe + Sound Week is a nationwide event held each August that recognizes the successes of workplace health and safety programs and offers information and ideas on how to keep America’s workers safe.

According to Scott Owyen, Genie senior training manager, Terex AWP, the upcoming implementation of the new ANSI A92.22 Safe Use and A92.24 Training Standards for MEWPs in the United States (as well as CSA B354 Standards in Canada) is creating quite a bit of questions in the industry. “The standards have always identified the responsibilities for all entities involved with the operation of MEWPs: manufacturer, dealer, owner, user and operator. However, the updated standards are placing a huge emphasis on the responsibilities of the user (typically, this is the employer),” said Owyen. “It is important to understand the implications of that because all of the entities outlined above, with the possible exception of the operator, will fall under the user category at some point in time.”

According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, a successful safety and health programs can proactively identify and manage workplace hazards before they cause injury or illness, improving sustainability and the bottom line. OSHA’s Safe + Sound is a year-round campaign to encourage every workplace to have a safety and health program. In 2018, more than 2,700 businesses helped to raise awareness about workers’ health and safety.

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