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ANSI approved as accreditor of crane operator CBs.

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September 17, 2009 - California Division of OSHA has approved ANSI as official accreditation body of crane operator certification bodies. Accreditation is the culmination of a multi-month process to verify CB's compliance with requirements outlined in International Standard ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024, General Requirements for Bodies Operating Certification Systems of Persons. In conducting its accreditation activities, ANSI itself follows the International Standard ISO/IEC 17011:2004.

American National Standards Institute - New York, NY

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Cal/OSHA Approves ANSI as Accreditor of Crane Operator Certification Bodies

Press release date: September 9, 2009

The California Division of Occupational Health and Safety (Cal/OSHA) has approved the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as an official accreditation body (AB) of crane operator certification bodies (CBs). In California, crane operator CBs are required to be accredited by a Cal/OSHA-approved AB. Regulation 5006.1, Mobile Crane and Tower Crane-Operator Qualifications and Certification, states that "employer[s] shall only permit operators who have a valid certificate of competency (certificate) issued in accordance with this section by an Accredited Certifying Entity [...] to operate a crane." Through its Personnel Certification Accreditation Program, which has been in operation for more than six years, ANSI is now recognized as one of these ABs. "ANSI is honored to have been accepted as a Cal/OSHA-approved accreditation body," said Roy Swift, Ph.D., senior director for ANSI's personnel credentialing accreditation programs. "This recognition is just the latest example of the Institute's successful track record in accrediting personnel certification programs across a wide variety of industries." Since the program's inception in 2003, ANSI has accredited 27 personnel certification bodies that represent 57 different credentials. In total, over one million professionals currently hold certifications from ANSI-accredited personnel certification programs. Accreditation is the culmination of a multi-month process to verify a CB's compliance with requirements outlined in the International Standard ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024, General Requirements for Bodies Operating Certification Systems of Persons. In conducting its accreditation activities, ANSI itself follows the International Standard ISO/IEC 17011:2004, Conformity assessment -- General requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies. A global leader in the accreditation of personnel certification programs under ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024, ANSI is the only U.S. accreditor to require a week-long assessor training as well as a mandatory annual training update to meet the requirements of ISO/IEC 17011. "The Institute's acceptance by Cal/OSHA as an official accreditation body of crane operator certification bodies is a reflection of the phenomenal growth and quality of our accreditation services. ANSI's name recognition, the proven reliability of the programs, and the growing demand for accreditation of third party certifiers across the country account for our continued success," said Dr. Swift. For more information on the Cal/OSHA Standards Board, visit the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB) website. ANSI is an internationally recognized accrediting body that offers name recognition and prestige for certification programs in the United States. ANSI accreditation also aids those seeking to gain a foothold in the global marketplace.

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