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Frequently Asked Questions
Can you briefly explain what the ALI Lift Inspector Certification Program is?
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 capable of properly inspecting any type of lift from any manufacturer in accordance with the ANSI standard governing vehicle lift inspection and in support of OSHA’s General Duty Clause, as well as provincial requirements in Canada.
The program is open to anyone with a minimum of 12 months of related experience. Participants receive extensive technical information and documentation of the proper methods to evaluate an automotive lift. To obtain certification, participants must attend a six-hour orientation workshop, pass a pre-course and final course exam, and properly complete 12 practical lift inspections on a range of vehicle lifts. The ALI program is the first in North America to independently test and certify individuals as qualified to inspect any vehicle lift and determine if it is suitable for continued use.
Why did Ali develop the Lift Inspector Certified Program?
The Automotive Lift Institute’s mission is to promote the safe use of vehicle lifts in North America and elsewhere. The Lift Inspector Certification Program is an extension of the other safety-related undertakings of ALI, such as our standards-developing efforts, our third-party product certification program and the development of our generic industry safety and training materials.
How does the program work?
The self-study lift inspector certification program is comprised of a series of manuals, some for learning, some for technical reference, and some for the administrative requirements.
There are written tests and practical experience requirements involved.
In September 2015, ALI attained program accreditation from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the same organization that has accredited ALI as a standards developer and as a third party product certification body.
How do you anticipate the program affecting the overall integrity of the lift manufacturing process?
We have already seen the positive results of our independent third party product certification program wherein some Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ’s) are hanging red tags on lifts not bearing the ALI Gold Automotive Lift Certification Label. We expect that in a short time we will see a similar effect created by the Lift Inspector Certification Program.
What do building codes require for automotive lifts?
The International Building Code (IBC) at Chapter 30, Section 3001.2 “Referenced Standards” cites ALI ALCTV, which is the Standard for Automotive Lifts – Safety Requirements for Construction, Testing and Validation. The ALCTV Standard requires among other things, that automotive lifts be electrically listed. This listing encompasses the entire automotive lift as a complete product, not just the individual electrical components. Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) that require compliance with the International Building Code will likely require lift owners to demonstrate Third Party Compliance (Listing and Labeling) of automotive lifts installed as new construction, relocated products, or as the replacement for worn equipment.
Does OSHA require automotive lift inspection?
OSHA has no regulations that speak directly to the subject of vehicle lifts. However, the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act, signed into law March 7, 1996, allows for government organizations including OSHA to apply nationally recognized standards such as ANSI/ALI ALOIM (current edition) to satisfy its safety mission by suggesting the use of such requirements to abate infractions cited under the existing OSHA regulations.
Does OSHA have electrical requirements for automotive lifts?
OSHA requires that all electrically operated products (vehicle lifts included) be determined safe by an OSHA Accredited Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL). Automotive Lifts Certified to ANSI/UL 201 – Standard for Safety for Garage Equipment comply with this requirement as this standard sets forth the electrical requirements for garage equipment and further requires ANSI/ALI ALCTV certification for the mechanical and structural elements of automotive lifts.
While OSHA does not enforce standards from other standards-setting bodies or non-governmental organizations unless incorporated by reference into an OSHA Standard or adopted as an OSHA Standard, national consensus standards and manufacturers recommendations may be used as evidence of hazard recognition and the availability of feasible means of abatement in cases where an employer is cited for a violation of the General Duty Clause.
OSHA has no regulations that speak directly to the subject of automotive lifts however, OSHA does require under Subpart S, Electrical; Section 1910.303(a) that equipment shall be acceptable only if approved as defined in Section 1910.399. Section1910.399 defines “Approved” by OSHA as being acceptable to OSHA. This Section further defines being acceptable to OSHA as being accepted, certified, listed, labeled or otherwise determined to be safe by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL). Independent laboratories such as those supporting the ALI Lift Certification Program are granted NRTL accreditation status only by OSHA.
Are you aware of any statistics of shop injuries related to lifts?
We are not aware of any statistical data on accidents involving automotive lifts in the United States. The statistics that do exist relating to automotive service facilities include a myriad of unrelated injuries from the many different types of equipment and activities found in such facilities.