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For more than 35 years, the SAIA has been developing safety guides for the aerial platform industry. The Scaffold & Access Industry Association is one of over 220 American National Standard Institute (ANSI)-Accredited Standards Developers that develop American National Standards. The SAIA serves as Secretariat for the A92 series of standards.

The SAIA is responsible for adhering to the policies and procedures outlined in the ANSI Essential Requirements, which govern the consensus development process. 

The ASC A92 manages and maintains the following standards:

  • A92.2 for Vehicle-Mounted Rotating and Elevating Work Platforms
  • A92.3 for Manually Propelled Elevating Aerial Platforms
  • A92.5 for Boom-Supported Elevating Work Platforms
  • A92.6 for Self-Propelled Elevating Work Platforms
  • A92.7 for Airline Ground Support Vehicle-Mounted Vertical Lift Devices
  • A92.8 for Vehicle-Mounted Bridge Inspection and Maintenance Devices
  • A92.9 for Mast-Climbing Work Platforms
  • A92.10 for Transport Platforms


The ASC A92 is in the process of approving the following standards:
 

  • A92.20-201X - Design, Calculations, Safety Requirements and Test Methods for Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs) – Approved by the A92 Main Committee, but received 6 appeals during the Appeals Period. Three of the appellants have requested hearings. One hearing has been conducted and the other two are in the process of being scheduled. Upon completion of the hearings, the appeal panel members have 30-days to render a decision. Based on the decision, the proposed standard could either be sent to ANSI for approval, or be sent back out to the committee for further review.
  • A92.22-201X - Safe Use of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs) - Approved by the A92 Main Committee. Waiting on approval of A92.20.
  • A92.24-201X - Training Requirements for the Use, Operation, Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs) - Approved by the A92 Main Committee. Waiting on approval of A92.20.


The ASC A92 Main Committee consists of 90 member companies and organizations who have been appointed based on their technical, safety, and related industrial expertise. The committee meets annually to review current issues, establish policy and procedures relative to the consensus standards, and evaluate the development activities of each subcommittee. | policies and procedures for this committee

If you would rather fax your application please download the application and send it to 816.472.7765

 

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Q: What does “ASC” and “A92” stand for?
A:
ASC stands for “Accredited Standards Committee” and A92 is the name of the series of standards. “ASC A92 – Aerial Platforms Committee” is the official title of the consensus body that was approved by ANSI for standard development.

Q: What is a standard?
A: A standard is a document that is established by consensus that provides rules, guidelines or characteristics for activities or their results.(As defined in ISO/IEC Guide 2:2004)

Q: What are A92 Standards?
A: Consensus (industry) standards that are voluntarily used by manufactures, dealers, owners, users and operators of aerial platforms. The purpose of the standards is the prevention of accidents and injuries, as well as, establishing criteria for the manufacturers. The standards also aid the manufacturers, dealers, owners, users and operators of the platforms to understand their various responsibilities.

Q: What are ANSI and SAIA?
A: ANSI is the American National Standards Institute. It is the Parent organization for a wide variety of standards (Today, there are some 9,500 American National Standards that have been developed and approved in accordance with the ANSI Essential Requirements) which govern the way many American products are made and used. ANSI standards have also been used as a world-wide pattern for standards in many instances. ANSI is also the official US representative in the International Standards Organization (ISO) which writes standards with worldwide application.

The SAIA is a non-profit trade 501(c)(6) association committed to raising the standards of professionalism within the scaffold and access industry. The SAIA represents all facets of the scaffold & access industry through various councils that include, aerial work platform, construction hoist, fall protection equipment, international, industrial, mast climbing, plank and platform, supported scaffold and suspended scaffold. Through its various programs, the SAIA promotes safety, training and a highly professional, responsible image of the scaffold and access professional. The SAIA delivers hundreds of safety training programs a year at various locations throughout the world.

The SAIA has been accredited through accordance of ANSI’s consensus procedures to develop American National Standards. Accreditation ensures adherence to ANSI’s cardinal principles as defined in their essential requirements.

Q: How is the group organized?
A: The ASC A92 Main Committee is the consensus body approved through ANSI. The ASC A92 Main Committee reports to ANSI through its Secretariat, SAIA. 

In addition, the A92 Main Committee oversees eight subcommittees assigned to develop, revise, maintain, and address issues related to a specific standard. Each subcommittee reports to the ASC A92 Main Committee.

Q: What is the purpose of the A92 consensus body
A: The consensus body was created to:
“To develop safety guidelines for the design, construction, testing, maintenance, inspection, training, use and operation of elevating and rotating aerial devices, work platforms and vertical devices primarily used to position personnel.”

Q: What’s the makeup of the committee?
A: The goal is to make each committee a balance of interested classes. The classifications are: Consumers/Users, Directly Affected Public, Distributors/Dealers, Experts, Government, Industrial/Commercial, Insurance, Labor, Manufacturers, Professional Societies, Regulatory Agencies, Testing Laboratories, Not-for-Profit, and Component Manufacturers.

The Main Committee is made up of company and organizations. Each member assigns a representative, with the option of an alternate representative. Membership on the subcommittees is individual based. Membership on the Main Committee is not contingent with membership on a subcommittee, and vice versa.

Q: When and where are the meetings?
A: The ASC A92 Main Committee meets annually in October with coinciding subcommittee meetings. Subcommittees may call meetings at other times throughout the year. Consideration is given to minimizing expense and inconvenience, and often a meeting will be held in conjunction with a major tradeshow.

Q: What is the purpose of the main committee meeting?
A: The main committee votes on and provides input on the work of its subcommittees. It also votes on membership and officers.

Q: What are my responsibilities as a member of a subcommittee?
A: You will be expected to attend meetings, to contribute your ideas and feedback, to occasionally accept assignments such as drafting language for a particular section, and to vote on changes to the standard.

Q: How am I selected and approved?
A: If you apply to a subcommittee, the subcommittee chair passes your application along with a recommendation to the main committee chair that checks the interest classification to assure it remains in balance. Your name and brief description of your affiliation and interest is passed on to the main committee. The main committee votes on all applications annually. If you apply for the main committee the process is similar except that the application is directed to the main committee.

Q: What’s the difference between membership on the main committee and subcommittee?
 A: Members on the main committee are members of the consensus body and must adhere to the requirements set up by the ASC A92 Policies and Procedures as well as the ANSI Essential Requirements. Members of the main committee are represented on the organizational level.

Members on each subcommittee are represented as individuals. Each subcommittee is formed to expedite the work of the consensus body as outlined in its scope and duties. Some of these responsibilities include: drafting all or portion of a standard, drafting responses for comments, and other advisory functions.

Membership on the main committee and a subcommittee are not interdependent.  An interested company and individual must apply for each committee separately and will be voted on individually.

Q: How does the work of the committee get done?
A: The formal meetings are lively discussions of issues before the committee. Much of the preparation is done ahead of time and draft language is mailed and commented on prior to meetings. Informal meetings and phone calls often prepare members for the meetings.

Balloting on proposed language is done by email.

Q: How do I apply to be a member of the main committee or subcommittee?
A: If you are interested in becoming a member, fill out an ASC A92 Membership Application online at www.scaffold.org. Submit completed applications to the A92 Secretariat. Applications are reviewed at the ASC A92 Annual Meeting in October.


For more information contact deanna@saiaonline.org or 816.595.4831

Click here to download an application




Links for more information about standards:

ANSI Standards Learn Portal – online resource for self-paced e-learning programs that help to raise awareness of standards and conformity assessment activities.


American National Standard Institute Links:

ANSI Homepage


ANSI Essential Requirements

ANSI Standards Action

The National Standard Systems Network (NSSN)


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The ASC A92 Main Committee consists of 71 member companies and organizations who have been appointed based on their technical, safety, and related industrial expertise. The committee meets annually to review current issues, establish policy and procedures relative to the consensus standards, and evaluate the development activities of each subcommittee.

How do I apply to be a member of the main committee or subcommittee?
If you are interested in becoming a member, fill out an ASC A92 Membership Application online at www.saiaonline.org. Submit completed applications to the A92 Secretariat. Applications are reviewed at the ASC A92 Annual Meeting in October.

How am I selected and approved?
If you apply to a subcommittee, the subcommittee chair passes your application along with a recommendation to the main committee chair that checks the interest classification to assure it remains in balance. Your name and brief description of your affiliation and interest is passed on to the main committee. The main committee votes on all applications annually. If you apply for the main committee the process is similar except that the application is directed to the main committee.

What’s the difference between membership on the main committee and subcommittee?
Members on the main committee are members of the consensus body and must adhere to the requirements set up by the ASC A92 Policies and Procedures as well as the ANSI Essential Requirements. Members of the main committee are represented on the organizational level.
Members on each subcommittee are represented as individuals. Each subcommittee is formed to expedite the work of the consensus body as outlined in its scope and duties. Some of these responsibilities include: drafting all or portion of a standard, drafting responses for comments, and other advisory functions.
Membership on the main committee and a subcommittee are not interdependent.  An interested company and individual must apply for each committee separately and will be voted on individually.


How does the work of the committee get done?
The formal meetings are lively discussions of issues before the committee. Much of the preparation is done ahead of time and draft language is mailed and commented on prior to meetings. Informal meetings and phone calls often prepare members for the meetings. Balloting on proposed language is done by email.

Interested in learning more about the A92 Committees? Contact DeAnna Martin, at 816.595.4831 or deanna@saiaonline.org.

If you would rather fax your application please download the application and send it to 816.472.7765


Standards are a vehicle of communication for producers and users. They serve as a common language, defining quality and establishing safety criteria. Costs are lower if procedures are standardized; training is also simplified.” ASME

Read the United States Conformity Assessment Principals - http://publicaa.ansi.org/sites/apdl/Documents/News%20and%20Publications/Brochures/USCAP%202011.pdf

Standardization and conformity assessment activities lead to lower costs by reducing redundancy, minimizing errors, and reducing time to the market.  Demonstrating compliance to standards helps your products, services, and personnel to cross borders. 

Standards also make cross-border interoperability possible, ensuring that products manufactured in one country can be sold and used in another.

Your business can reduce the economic risk of research and development activities by participating in standardization.  You can lower overall R&D costs by relying on previously standardized technologies and terminologies. 

THE BEST ADVICE!  Know the standard that effects the aerial platform equipment you are manufacturing, renting, selling, own or use.  The A92 series of standards outlines where your responsibility lies.  You can purchase these at http://shop.saiaonline.org/.


Education is the key to understanding your responsibilities.  Use these resources to help you understand the standardization process.

ANSI Standards Learning Portal an online resource for self-paced e-learning programs that help to raise awareness of standards and conformity assessment activities.

Sign up for standard action emails at ANSI Standards Action .


Downloads

Why We All need to be involved in the Standards Development and Conformity Assessment Process

Questions and Answers for Executives

The Power of Standardization 

United States Standard Strategy

Standards: The Corporate Edge

Faster, Smarter, Better: Using standards to tackle the recession
 


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Each committee is lead by a chairperson.  The SAIA and aerial industry would like to recognize the individuals and companies that spend so much time managing the ASC A92 Aerial Platforms Standards.  Their collective wisdom is invaluable and critical components of our future.

ASC A92 - Aerial Platforms Committee Policies and Procedures                                                                                 2016 ASC A92 Main Committee Roster

Dave Merrifield
A92 Chairperson

Frank Bonesteel
A92 Vice-Chairperson

Joshua Chard
A92.2 Chairperson
Vehicle-Mounted Rotating and Elevating Work Platforms

Rick Curtain
A92.3 Chairperson
Manually Propelled Elevating Aerial Platforms

Barris Evulich
A92.5 Chairperson
Boom-Supported Elevating Work Platforms

Brad Boehler
A92.6 Chairperson
Self-Propelled Elevating Work Platforms 

 

 

Bob Backer
A92.7 Chairperson
Airline Ground Support Vehicle-Mounted Vertical Lift Devices

Frank Bonesteel
A92.8 Chairperson
Vehicle-Mounted Bridge Inspection and Maintenance Devices

A92.24 Chairperson
Training Requirements for the Use, Operation, Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs)

Greg Janda
A92.9 Chairperson
Mast-Climbing Work Platforms and A92.10 Chairperson Transport Platforms

Brent Hoover
A92.20 Chairperson
Design, Calculations, Safety Requirements and Test Methods for Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs)

Tony Groat
A92.22 Chairperson
Safe Use of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs)



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