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THE ALBERTA OH&S ACT, REGULATION AND CODE 2018, STATES THAT USERS OF NON-COMMERCIALLY MANUFACTURED LIFTING DEVICES MUST BE TRAINED IN THE SELECTION, INSPECTION, CAUTIONS TO PERSONNEL, EFFECTS OF ENVIRONMENTS AND RIGGING PRACTICES ASSOCIATED WITH THE NON-COMMERCIALLY MANUFACTURED LIFTING DEVICE. FAILURES DUE TO MISSUSE HAVE RESULTED IN SERIOUS INJURIES AND DEATH. THIS SECTION WILL PROVIDE YOU INFORMATION ON THE SAFE USE OF NON-COMMERCIALLY MANUFACTURED LIFTING DEVICES.

Employer, Worker, User, Supervisor and Supplier Responsibilities

Users must be trained in the selection, inspection, cautions to personnel, effects of environments, and rigging practices associated with Non-Commercially manufactured equipment.

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Can you prove users are competent in the selection, inspection, cautions to personnel, effects of environments, and rigging practices associated with Non Commercially manufactured equipment?

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If a user is not competent in the selection, inspection, cautions to personnel, effects of environments, and rigging practices associated with Non-Commercially manufactured equipment they must have direct supervision from a competent worker

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If not competent in the selection, inspection, cautions to personnel, effects of environments, and rigging practices associated with Non-Commercially manufactured equipment do users have direct supervision ?

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Do you have documented policies and procedures in the selection, inspection, cautions to personnel, effects of environments, and rigging practices associated with Non-Commercially manufactured equipment?

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An employer must identify responsibilities for the user of a Non-Commercially manufacturer equipment.

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The use of Non-Commercially manufactured equipment can create hazardous situations

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Have Supervisors taken all precautions to protect the health and safety of every worker under the Supervisors supervision.

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Have Suppliers ensured the equipment supplied is in a safe operating condition, and that it complies with this Act, regulation and the OHS Code  

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Legislation, Standards and Specifications

Alberta Occupational Health and Safety. Act, Regulation and Code 2018

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Manufacturer's specifications for the type and style of Non-Commercially manufactured equipment.

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Manufacturer's referenced standards

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Design Factors

What are the manufacturer's design factors for the Non-Commercially manufactured equipment you are using ?

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Markings

Non-Commercially manufactured equipment must be marked with its rated load.

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Training

It is important that all Non-Commercially manufactured equipment users be knowledgeable about the safe and proper use, application of the equipment, be thoroughly familiar with the manufacturer's recommendations, and safety material provided with each product. In addition all Non-Commercially manufactured equipment users need to be aware of their responsibilities outlined in all applicable standards, regulations and policies.

What are the training requirements for Non-Commercially manufactured equipment users ?

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How does your company monitor the training requirements for Non-Commercially manufactured equipment ?

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How have users been trained in the requirements for Non-Commercially manufactured equipment ?

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Training records should be kept to show users were trained in the requirements for Non-Commercially manufactured equipment ?

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Manufacturer's specifications for the Non-Commercially manufactured equipment must be available to users ?

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Where are your manufacturer's specifications for the Non-Commercially manufactured equipment kept ?

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How do you ensure users are familiar with the manufacturer's specifications ?

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Have employers identified hazards associated with the use of Non-Commercially manufactured equipment ?

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Have users identified the hazards associated with the use of Non-Commercially manufactured equipment ?

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Inspection Requirements

All new and reinstalled Non-Commercially manufacturerd equipment shall be inspected prior to initial use

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All altered or repaired Non-Commercially manufactured equipment shall be inspected

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How often are inspections completed ?

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How does your company identify Non-Commercially manufactured equipment has had an inspection ?

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Removal Criteria

Non-Commercially manufactured equipment must be removed from service if any of the following criteria deems that the equipment is not fit for use.

Damaged or inoperable controls

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Damaged or inoperable indicators and meters if installed

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Structural members that are deformed, cracked or have excessive wear

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Loose or missing guards, fasteners, bolts, covers, stops or nameplates

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Cracked or worn gears, pulleys, sheaves, sprockets, bearings, chains and belts.

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Excessive wear of friction pads, linkages, and other mechanical parts

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Excessive wear at hoist hooking points and load support clevises or pins.

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Selection, Limitations and Use

Non-Commercially manufactured equipment users must be aware that their capacity may change depending on things such as type and size of material lifted, the sling angle, angle of lift and the environment they are used in.

Non-Commercially manufactured equipment shall only be operated by competent workers authorized by their employers.

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Rated loads cannot be exceeded

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Loads must be correctly distributed

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Non-Commercially manufactured equipment shall not be used to handle any loads for which they are not designed

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Non-Commercially manufactured equipment shall be applied to the load in accordance with its instruction manuals

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Load temperature should not exceed the allowable ranges

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What is the minimum and maximum temperature the Non-Commercially manufactured equipment can be exposed to ?

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Load swinging should be kept to a minimum

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Shock loading must be avoided

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Mechanical damage must be avoided

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Do not stand or pass under a suspended load

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Do not ride on an item of Non-Commercially manufactured equipment

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Suspended loads must not be left unattended

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Maintenance

A maintenance program must be established and be based on recommendations made by the Non-Commercially manufactured equipment manufacturer, a qualified person may also include additional recommendations based on their review of the equipment application and operation.

Before adjustments are started on Non-Commercially manufactured equipment all sources of power must be disconnected, locked out, and be tagged "Out of Servce"

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Before repairs the Non-Commercially manufactured equipment must be tagged "Out of Servce"

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Only Qualified persons shall perform adjustments and tests

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Only Qualified persons, or those under the direction of a qualifed person shall perform adjustments and repairs

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Replacement parts must be at least equal to the original manufacturer's specifications

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Any hazardous condition disclosed during inspection must be corrected before normal operation of the Non-Commercially manufactured equipment is resumed

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After adjustments and repairs the Non-Commercially manufactured equipment must not be returned to service until it has been inspected

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Dated records of repairs and replacements should be made

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Misconceptions

Misconception 1. Non Commercially Manufactured Equipment is not covered by standards

If a lifting device is not commercially manufactured, an employer must ensure that it is fit and safe for use as a lifting device and that it is certified by a professional engineer.

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Misconception 2.  If you have attended a training course you are a competent rigger.

Training is only one part of being competent to carry out your job, you must also be adequately qualified and have sufficient experience.

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