The American Society of Safety Engineers, secretariat for the ANSI-Accredited Standards Committee A10 for Construction and Demolition Operations has drafted a new proposed standard - ASSE A10.29 for Safe Practices for the Use of Aerial Platforms in Construction. The ASC A92 believes this proposed standard is duplicative and in direct conflict with existing A92 series of standards. The A92 series of standards currently covers various Aerial Work Platforms devices. These include, but are not limited to, vehicle-mounted elevating and rotating devices, self-propelled aerial work platforms, boom-supported aerial work platforms, and manually-propelled aerial work platforms.

The ASC A92 stands behind its set of ANSI approved standards. If adopted, the proposed ASSE A10.29 will create confusion in the industry for designing, manufacturing, performance, training and use of these devices. Given the extent of the conflicting standards, the ASC A92 will formally submit its objections and comments to ASSE A10 by the October 6, 2009, deadline for public comment. The SIA serves as an ANSI-Accredited Standards Developer for the A92 Aerial Work Platform series of standards. To learn more about the ASC A92’s objections, the A92 series of publications, or other ANSI issues, contact Emily Bannwart at emily@scaffold.