On November 13, 2012 MIOSHA issued a final standard on the requirements for Part 10, Lifting and Digging Equipment. The standard requires crane operators on construction sites to meet one of three qualification /certification options by November 8, 2014. A number of concerns were made to OSHA about these requirements and therefore OSHA is considering addressing these concerns through a later separate rulemaking (click here for the announcement).
MIOSHA would need to announce a change in the rule to issue a similar extension of time. However, in recognition of the federal OSHA action, MIOSHA will issue a Notice of Potential Hazard between now and November 10, 2017 for non-compliance with Rule 1008a (9)(a), Part 10 Lifting and Digging Equipment, which establishes November 8, 2014 as the deadline for crane operators to be certified. MIOSHA will continue to enforce all other rules pertaining to operator qualification and certification in Rule 1008a.
For more information, OSHA held three stakeholder meetings on operator certification/qualification issues in April 2013 and posted detailed notes of the meetings at http://www.osha.gov/cranes-derricks/stakeholders.html, a web page devoted to the stakeholder meeting. OSHA also plans to post a list of frequently asked questions on its Cranes and Derricks in Construction Web page to provide additional clarification and address some comments and concerns raised by stakeholders.