Scenario/Background: Nussbaum Automotive Solutions is a manufacturer of automotive service equipment based in Gastonia, North Carolina. Your products include automotive lifts used in many car dealerships and vehicle service facilities across the United States and Canada. Your customers have communicated their concerns regarding OSHA compliance when it comes to the equipment they purchase. You want to do everything possible to ensure that the automotive lift equipment that you provide to your customers is safe when used and maintained properly according to manufacturer’s instructions.
Question: Are there any specific OSHA standards that apply to automobile lift users for OSHA compliance?
Reply: No. OSHA does not have any specific standards that apply to a user of automotive lifts. In cases where no specific OSHA standard applies to a safety and health condition in a workplace, an employer is still under an obligation to provide a workplace that is free from recognized hazards that are likely to cause death or serious physical harm pursuant to Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (“the General Duty Clause”).
As you are aware, the ANSI/ALI ALOIM: 2008, Standard for Automotive Lifts – Safety Requirements for Operation, Inspection and Maintenance is the industry recognized consensus standard for employers operating automotive lifts. While OSHA does not enforce standards from other standards-setting bodies or non-governmental organizations, unless incorporated by reference into an OSHA standard or adopted as an OSHA standard, national consensus standards and manufacturers’ recommendations may be used as evidence of hazard recognition and the availability of feasible means of abatement in cases where an employer is cited for a violation of the General Duty Clause.
Question#2: Do OSHA standards require the automobile lift manufacturer to certify lifts to the ANSI/ALI ALCTV-2011 – Standard for Automotive Lifts – Safety Requirements for Construction, Testing and Validation?
Response #2: No. There are no OSHA standards that contain certification requirements for automotive lifts.
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Thomas Galassi, Director
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