Standards & Regulations

Lifting and rigging equipment and operations are governed by an extensive range of standards and regulations.

Each is listed below. For the most common, there are links to the text (or source) as well as subject-matter expert interpretation and explanation.

Often, a job will be covered by more than one ruling. More than likely, it will be covered by four:

  • An OSHA regulation
  • An ANSI standard
  • A manufacturer’s instruction
  • Company policy

It is unlikely that the rulings will contradict each other – in fact, very often OSHA will incorporate an ANSI/ASME Standard into its Regulation.

However, the guidance is clear: whenever more than one ruling applies, always chose the strictest of the options.

Which Industry Rules Apply?

Find out whether Construction, General Industry or Maritime regulations apply to your lift.

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OSHA Regulations

ANSI/ASME Standards

ANSI/ASME B30 Series Overview

ANSI/ASME B30.1 – American Society of Mechanical Engineers Standards for Jacks

ANSI/ASME B30.2 – ASME’s Standards for Overhead & Gantry Cranes

ANSI/ASME B30.3 – ASME’s Standards for Construction Tower Cranes

ANSI/ASME B30.4 – ASME’s Standards for Portal & Pedestal Cranes

ANSI/ASME B30.5 – ASME’s Standards for Mobile & Locomotive Cranes

ANSI/ASME B30.6 – ASME’s Standards for Derricks

ANSI/ASME B30.7 – ASME’s Standards for Winches

ANSI/ASME B30.8 – ASME’s Standards for Floating Cranes & Floating Derricks

ANSI/ASME B30.9 – ASME’s Standards for Slings

ANSI/ASME B30.10 – ASME’s Standards for Hooks

ANSI/ASME B30.12 – ASME’s Standards for Handling Loads Suspended from Rotorcraft

ANSI/ASME B30.13 – ASME’s Standards for Storage/Retrieval (S/R) Machines & Associated Equipment

ANSI/ASME B30.14 – ASME’s Standards for Side Boom Tractors

ANSI/ASME B30.16 – ASME’s Standards for Overhead Underhung & Stationary Hoists

ANSI/ASME B30.17 – ASME’s Standards for Cranes And Monorails (With Underhung Trolley Or Bridge)

ANSI/ASME B30.18 – ASME’s Standards for Stacker Cranes

ANSI/ASME B30.19 – ASME’s Standards for Cableways

ANSI/ASME B30.20 – ASME’s Standards for Below-the-Hook Lifting Devices

ANSI/ASME B30.21 – ASME’s Standards for Lever Hoists

ANSI/ASME B30.22 – ASME’s Standards for Articulating Boom Cranes

ANSI/ASME B30.23 – ASME’s Standards for Personnel Lifting Systems

ANSI/ASME B30.24 – ASME’s Standards for Container Cranes

ANSI/ASME B30.25 – ASME’s Standards for Scrap & Material Handlers

ANSI/ASME B30.26 – ASME’s Standards for Rigging Hardware

ANSI/ASME B30.29 – ASME’s Standards for Self-Erecting Tower Cranes

ANSI/ASME B30.30 – ASME’s Standards for Ropes

ANSI/ASME BTH-1-2017 – ASME’s Standards for Design of Below-the-Hook Devices

ANSI/ASME P30.1 – ASME’s Standards for Planning for Load Handling Activities

ANSI/SAIA Standards

ANSI/ASSE Standards

AEM/PCSA Standards

AEM/PCSA #4 – Power Crane & Shovel Association Standards for Mobile Power Crane & Excavator & Hydraulic Crane Standards