“Proper vehicle lift certification, installation, and inspection have come under increased scrutiny in recent years by OSHA and other local, state, provincial and federal health and safety officers.” -- R.W. “Bob” O’Gorman, ALI president.
Annual vehicle lift inspections conducted by a “qualified automotive lift inspector” are required by the ANSI National Standard covering vehicle lift operation, inspection, and maintenance (ANSI/ALI ALOIM: 2008) and are included by reference in regulations in the United States and Canada.
Do you really know who is performing your lift inspections?
How do you know if your lift inspector has the knowledge and skills required to perform a lift inspection you can count on? Until now, there hasn’t been a national vehicle lift inspection licensing or certification program. In response to the growing demand from businesses using vehicle lifts, as well as governmental health and safety organizations monitoring those businesses, the Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) has developed the Lift Inspector Certification Program.
What does it mean to be a Certified Lift Inspector?
To become a certified inspector, the ALI Lift Inspector Certification Program requires that inspector candidate(s):
have a minimum of 12 months experience as a lift inspector,
attend a six hour Participants Orientation workshop,
pass a written pre-course exam,
pass a final exam, and
complete documented practical experience.
In addition, the company that employs the inspector(s) must meet certain requirements to insure that the company:
is properly licensed,
has the required insurance,
adheres to inspection processes approved by ALI, and
institutes and follows a quality control program.
Why should you only trust a Certified Lift Inspector with your annual lift inspections?
The above requirements are designed so only qualified candidates are certified. ALI’s newly developed Lift Inspector Certification Program provides third-party assurance that a Certified Lift Inspector has been tested and proven competent to thoroughly inspect an installed vehicle lift and report on its suitability for continued use and/or the need for maintenance or repair.
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R.W. "Bob" O’Gorman, President of ALI (Automotive Lift Institute), recommends the following for lift service and inspections...
Whether a business has existing lifts or has just installed new lifts, [owners need] to establish a planned service regimen," O’Gorman said. The American National Standards Institute ANSI/ALI ALOIM (Automotive Lift Operation Inspection and Maintenance) recommends that businesses follow the lift manufacturer’s recommendations for service and inspection or, in the absence of manufacturer information, follow the standard. O’Gorman said OSHA does not have its own regulations on lifts but instead uses ALI’s standards and can, therefore, under its General Duty Clause, cite shops for not performing planned maintenance. He said that in the case of a workplace accident or complaint, OSHA would inspect a shop’s equipment and records, and can also do that as part of a regular inspection. While it is possible to handle inspections and service in house, O’Gorman said he suggests “leaving it to the pros," either the manufacturer’s personnel or their distributor's staff. "A shop owner needs to consider the liability factors and risk management factors of servicing and maintaining lifts in house,” he said.
Source: Loewen, K. (2007, February). Lift training and maintenance urged to prevent damage and injuries. Parts & People. Automotive Counseling & Publishing Co Inc. Denver, CO.
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The lift manufacturer’s guidelines should be followed for inspection and scheduled maintenance procedures. Daily, weekly, monthly, semi-annual, and annual inspections are commonly required to ensure that the lift is properly maintained and the potential for lift failure is reduced.
Owners must schedule the maintenance procedures recommended by the lift manufacturer. Qualified in-house technicians formally trained for this task may perform some basic maintenance procedures. The lift manufacturer or maintenance contractor should be consulted for training the appropriate technician. More comprehensive inspections, scheduled maintenance, and repairs should only be done by qualified lift service companies.
This article first appeared in the I-CAR Advantage Online, which is published and distributed free of charge. I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, is a not-for-profit international training organization that researches and develops quality technical education programs related to collision repair. To learn more about I-CAR, and to subscribe to the free publication, visit http://www.i-car.com.
Source: I-CAR. (2006, January 9). Lift safety. I-CAR Advantage Online. Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair. Hoffman Estates, IL.
The ALI Lift Inspector Certification Program was created to provide third-party qualification of vehicle lift inspectors and to certify those who demonstrate that they are qualified to properly inspect vehicle lifts in accordance with ANSI standards and in support of OSHA’s General Duty Clause.
“Proper vehicle lift certification, installation, and inspection have come under increased scrutiny in recent years by OSHA and other local, state, provincial and federal health and safety officers,” explains R.W. “Bob” O’Gorman, ALI president. “This has resulted in an increase in shops looking for qualified automotive lift inspectors. Without a national certification program in place, vehicle lift inspection companies haven’t been able to offer independent validation that their inspectors are qualified. The Certification Program will provide third-party assurance that a Certified Lift Inspector has been tested and proven competent to thoroughly inspect an installed vehicle lift and report on its suitability for continued use and/or the need for maintenance or repair. We encourage all vehicle lift inspectors to demonstrate their professionalism and differentiate themselves from their competitors by getting certified." Each certified inspector is assigned a unique inspector ID number that appears on his or her badge, patch, and inspection labels.
Learn more about the ALI Program and Certified Lift Inspections:
Source: Heath, F. (2004, Dec 1). What good are standards? Occupational Health & Safety. 1105 Media, Inc. Dallas, TX.
"The ALI Lift Inspector Certification Program is engineered to provide both credibility and integrity in a certified inspector by establishing a solid knowledge base and evaluation standard by which automotive lift inspectors should be qualified." - Keith Bunn, one of the pilot program’s factory-designated trainers