The Facts on OSHA Aerial Lift “Certification” (Hint: There’s No Such Thing)

Aerial lift certificationManagers, you know that OSHA requires your aerial lift operators to have proper training, but did you know there’s no such thing as an aerial lift “certification”?

Spend 2 seconds Googling “aerial lift certifications” and you’ll find no lack of resources, many coming from our competitors. In fact, you’ll find 174,000 results for that search.

That’s because our competitors are counting on you to not know all the facts, and to choose a program that appears to “certify,” since that sounds official. Except the reality is that there is no such thing as an OSHA lift certification.

The Facts on What OSHA Requires

OSHA does not grant, nor empower others to grant, aerial lift certifications. It only requires that drivers be over 18 and have a verification of completion of training. This verification is sometimes referred to as an “aerial access card” carried by drivers, though in practice most OSHA enforcers access training records in an employer’s office.

Here’s what OSHA does require for aerial lift training, in its own words:

The employer shall have each employee who is involved in erecting, disassembling, moving, operating, repairing, maintaining, or inspecting a scaffold trained by a competent person to recognize any hazards associated with the work in question.

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The word “certification” literally does not even appear in the aerial lift training standards guide put out by OSHA. You can see for yourself by clicking the above link and searching the page for “certification.”

Not to put too fine a point on it, but anyone claiming to sell you an aerial lift “certification” is either ignorant of the rules (not a good sign), or is playing fast and loose, hoping their potential customers don’t know any better (very bad sign).

Honesty is our Policy, and Experience is our Differentiator

At Premier Platforms, our knowledge of our customers is our greatest competitive advantage. We believe that by laying out the truth, you’ll be empowered to make better decisions for your business.

Virtually anyone can call themselves a trainer. What matters to your workplace safety and productivity is working with expert trainers, with deep industry expertise, extensive operational experience, and access to all types of aerial platforms, from boom lifts to forklifts and everything in between. If you want the best workers, you’ll need the best trainers.

Ready to have the best-trained aerial lift workforce around? Skip the noise and contact the professionals today.


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