Environmental Health & Safety

Crane & Hoist Safety

The University of California, Riverside EH&S/General Safety team manages Crane & Hoist Safety to ensure Cal/OSHA compliance by campus Departments, Field Stations, and Contractors using University-owned overhead cranes, hoists and rigging. The written program addresses administrative requirements, training requirements, recordkeeping requirements, inspection criteria and safe work procedures. “Operator” and “Standby Person” safe-work procedures are included for all types of cranes and hoists that are used for lifting/moving equipment and material.

There are two classes of cranes/hoists defined according to rated load capacities: “Three Tons and Under (≤3Ton)” and “Over Three Tons (>3Ton)”. The larger cranes are subject to more-stringent inspections, load tests and scheduled maintenance. Smaller cranes / hoists must have initial load tests and documented inspections leading to routine maintenance. This program applies to any research, construction, and maintenance activities that utilize such lift equipment. EH&S/General Safety team work closely with all Campus Departments and Facilities Services to ensure all required inspections and load testing are completed annually or as otherwise required by regulatory agencies.

Training includes a combination of formal classroom instruction, demonstrations, “hands-on” practical exercises, written examination, and an operator performance evaluation. Practical exercises are performed under the supervision of experienced trainers in a controlled environment to preclude endangering the trainee or other employees. A certificate of training and operator license will be issued upon completion of the course. To arrange for training, or obtain further information, contact the EH&S General Safety Team at 951.827.5118.




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