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Frequently Asked Questions


  1. What is the effective date for crane operator certification?

    The newly issued Final Rule for Crane Operator Certification is now available!

  2. Under the final rule, employers must train operators as needed to perform assigned crane activities, evaluate them, and document successful completion of the evaluations. Employers who have evaluated operators prior to December 9, 2018, will not have to conduct those evaluations again, but will only have to document when those evaluations were completed.

    The rule requires crane operators to be certified or licensed, and to receive ongoing training as necessary to operate new equipment. Operators can be certified based on the crane’s type and capacity, or type only, which ensures that more accredited testing organizations are eligible to meet OSHA’s certification program requirements. The final rule also revised a 2010 requirement that crane operator certification must specify the rated lifting capacity of cranes for which the operator is certified. Compliant certifications that were already issued by type and capacity are still acceptable under the final rule.

    The final rule, with the exception of the evaluation and documentation requirements, will become effective on Dec. 9, 2018. The evaluation and documentation requirements will become effective on February 7, 2019. Employers and workers may visit OSHA’s Frequently Asked Questions - Cranes and Derricks in Construction: Operator Qualification for compliance assistance.

Powered Industrial Trucks

  1. Where can I obtain forklift certification?

    You may contact the community college in your area for forklift training or Midlands Technical College in Columbia, SC.

  2. How long is the certification for?

    Forklift operators must be certified every 3 years.

  3. Do I need a driver’s license to operate a forklift?

    SC OSHA does not require a forklift operator to have a valid driver’s license. SC OSHA does require that every forklift operator be trained and certified to operate the powered industrial truck in the workplace, and that the operator’s performance be evaluated on the provisions of 1910.178(l)(3) every three years. The employer must have a record documenting that the driver has successfully completed the training.

Material Handling and Storage

  1. What is the maximum height I may stack items?

    There is no specific maximum height that materials may be stacked. Materials must be stacked, blocked, interlocked and limited in height so that they are stable and secure against sliding or collapse. If the building contains sprinklers, the minimum vertical clearance between sprinklers and material below shall be 18-inches (45.7 cm).


  1. What is SC OSHA’s position on the new electronic submission of OSHA 300 Forms?

    South Carolina’s Legislature formally adopted Federal OSHA’s Injury Tracking regulation effective May 25, 2018. These regulations include a requirement to submit injury and illness records electronically via OSHA’s Injury Tracking Application (ITA) accessible via the provided hyperlink: https://www.osha.gov/injuryreporting/index.html. Federal OSHA requires 2017 data to be submitted by July 1, 2018; however, South Carolina is granting SC employers 6 months to comply with the entire newly adopted