Massachusetts Hoisting Machinery Regulation Revision Becomes Final

On November 8, 2013, the Massachusetts Department of Public Safety (DPS) published the hoisting machinery regulation, 520 CMR 6.00. The changes to the regulation reflect 2010 changes to the hoisting law, Massachusetts General Laws (MGL) Chapter 146, Section 53, and comment from the July 8, 2013 public hearing.

520 CMR 6.00 requires that all operators of hoisting machinery complete an application and pass a test to obtain a license from the DPS. 520 CMR 6.00 is applicable to all hoisting machinery, including forklifts used on private or public property where the height of the lift exceeds 10 feet or the weight of the load exceeds 500 pounds.

The regulation includes an exemption of the Massachusetts hoisting license requirement for all operators if the company has a training program approved by the DPS and complies with the following requirements:

• A supervisory employee(s) who holds a hoisting license for the equipment being used must be on-site at all times during operation

• The company training program must be approved by the DPS biennially

• Authorized operators must be issued a company license that includes a picture of the employee, a list of hoisting machinery the employee is qualified to operate, and the name and signature of the supervisor who holds a license to operate that equipment. Employees can only be trained and certified to operate the specific equipment for which the supervisory employee holds a license issued by the DPS.

The application form for approval of an in-service training program can be found here:

The regulation incorporates two new license classifications; Class 1D – general industrial warehouse forklift equipment and Class 2D – Compact Hoisting Machinery. Any hoisting machinery licensee who holds a license with a Class 1 grade greater than 1D may also operate general industrial warehouse forklift equipment.

A link to the final regulation can be found here:

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