New ANSI & CSA Standards for Aerial Work Platforms (AWPs)

Dealers, owners, and operators of aerial work platforms (AWPs) need to make changes in the areas of training, job site safety and machine selection to accommodate the new ANSI standards and meet the December 10, 2019 deadline! Old machines don’t need to be retrofitted to meet the new standards.

New ANSI standards for the U.S. were published in December 2018, while new CSA standards for Canada were published in May 2017. Drafted to be similar to international standards, like AS/NZS, CE, GB, and ISO, these changes better align North American manufacturers with the global market. The last big change to these standards took place in 2006, so it was time for an update.

Eastern Lift Truck Co., Inc. can help you stay compliant. Our Training Department is here to assist in keeping you up

to speed on these new standards. Call, email or visit our training page for more information about your training options.

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Under the new standards, aerial work platforms (AWPs) are now called mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) and separated into two different groups:

    • Group A includes MEWPs with platforms that move vertically but stay inside the tipping lines
    • Group B includes all others MEWPs, typically boom-type where the platform extends past the machine's chassis.

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    Group A
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    Group B

    Within each group (A and B), MEWPs are now further classified as one of three types:

    • Type 1 MEWP is designed to only be driven in the stowed position
    • Type 2 MEWP is designed to be driven when elevated, but is controlled from the chassis
    • Type 3 MEWP is designed to be driven when elevated, but is controlled from the work platform

    Please contact Eastern Lift Truck Co.'s Training Department for additional information and guidance.