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 ASME 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 Regulation into its Standard.

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.

OSHA Regulations

29 CFR 1910.67 – OSHA’s Regulations for Vehicle Mounted Elevating & Rotating Work Platforms in General Industry

29 CFR 1910.178 – OSHA’s Regulations for Forklifts in General Industry

29 CFR 1910.179 – OSHA’s Regulations for Overhead & Gantry Cranes in General Industry

29 CFR 1910.180 – OSHA’s Regulations for Mobile, Crawler, Locomotive, Truck Cranes & Boom Trucks in General Industry

29 CFR 1910.181 – OSHA’s Regulations for Derricks in General Industry

29 CFR 1910.184 – OSHA’s Regulations for Slings in General Industry

29 CFR 1919 – OSHA’s Regulations for Gear Certification for Maritime Inspections

29 CFR 1926.251 – OSHA’s Regulations for Rigging Equipment for Material Handling in Construction

29 CFR 1926.453 – OSHA’s Regulations for Aerial Lifts in Construction

29 CFR 1926.602 – OSHA’s Regulations for Earthmoving Equipment (Loaders, Excavators, Backhoes, Dozers, Scrapers, Tractors)

29 CFR 1926.1412 – OSHA’s Regulations for Inspections in Construction

29 CFR 1926.1413 – OSHA’s Regulations for Wire Rope Inspection in Construction

29 CFR 1926.1414 – OSHA’s Regulations for Wire Rope Selection & Installation in Construction

29 CFR.1427 – OSHA’s Regulations for Operator Qualification & Certification in Construction

29 CFR 1926.1436 – OSHA’s Regulations for Derricks in Construction

29 CFR 1926.1438 – OSHA’s Regulations for Overhead & Gantry Cranes in Construction

ANSI/ASME Standards

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, Tower & 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 Hoists (Underhung)

ASME B30.17 – ASME’s Standards for Overhead & Gantry Cranes (T/R Bridge, Single Girder, U/H Hoist)

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 Manually Lever Operated 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/SAIA A92.2 – Scaffold & Access Industry Association Standards for Vehicle-Mounted Elevating & Rotating Aerial Devices (Bucket Trucks)

ANSI/SAIA A92.7 – SAIA Standards for Airline Ground Support Vehicle-Mounted Vertical Lift Devices

ANSI/SAIA A92.9 – SAIA Standards for Mast-Climbing Work Platforms

ANSI/SAIA A92.20 – SAIA Standards for Mobile Elevating Work Platforms – Design Specs

ANSI/SAIA A92.22 – SAIA Standards for Mobile Elevating Work Platforms – Operations

ANSI/SAIA A92.24 – SAIA Standards for Mobile Elevating Work Platforms – Training

ANSI/ASSE Standards

AEM/PCSA Standards

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

API Standards

API RP2C – American Petroleum Institute Standards for Pedestal Crane Construction

API RP2D – API Standards for Riggers of Pedestal Cranes

API RP2D – API Standards for Pedestal Crane Operator

Military Standards

AFMAN 91-203 – Chapter 12 – Air Force Standards for Material Handling Equipment

EM 385-1-1 Section 15 – USACE Standards for Rigging

EM 385-1-1 Section 16 – USACE Standards for Load Handling Equipment

NAVFAC P-307 – Navy Standards for Weight Handling Program Management