OSHA has reaffirmed its commitment to recognize the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operator's (NCCCO) national certification program as demonstrating that the certified operator meets OSHA's requirements for crane operator proficiency.

The agreement between OSHA and the NCCCO is a continuation of an original agreement that was signed in 1999. It recognizes certification by NCCCO, a private sector certifying organization, as documentation that an operator meets OSHA's requirements for crane operator training and provides incentives for employers to have their operators qualified through the NCCCO program.

Under the agreement, OSHA compliance safety and health officers will recognize NCCCO certification as independent verification that certified crane operators have met OSHA's training requirements. Having NCCCO-certified crane operators on a project would be an indication of the contractor's commitment to an effective safety and health program and contribute to the project's qualification for a "Focused Inspection" by OSHA.

NCCCO was formed in January 1995 to develop effective performance standards for safe crane operation to assist all segments of general industry and construction.