Does "Subpart N - Helicopters, Hoists, Elevators, and Conveyors" Apply to You?

Subpart N provides the standards related to the use of helicopters, material hoists, personnel hoists, elevators, base-mounted drum hoists, overhead hoists, and conveyors. If you have any of these types of equipment, click on the appropriate tabs below to identify if the applicable standards apply to you.

 

Subpart N - Helicopters, Hoists, Elevators, and Conveyors

Do your employees use helicopters?

Do your employees use helicopters?

If yes, then you need to comply with the standard on helicopters. It states that you need to comply with the regulations of the Federal Aviation Administration. It also provides requirements for briefings, slings and tag lines, cargo hooks, personal protective equipment, housekeeping, operator responsibilities, hooking an unhooking loads, weight limitations, static charge, visibility, ground lines, signal systems, ground personnel, fires, communicaitons, approaching distance and approaching helicopters.

Additional related information can be found on the A-Z safety and health topics page for personal protective equipment.

Do your employees use material or personnel hoists?

Do your employees use material or personnel hoists?

If yes, then you need to comply with the standard on material hoists, personnel hoists, and elevators. The standard provides general requirements for the use of hoists such as rated load capacity, hoisting ropes, heat damage, and complying with the manufacturer's specifications. It also provides specific requirements for material hoists (i.e., operating rules, gates, riding, overhead protection, hoist towers) and personnel hoists (i.e., hoist towers, doors, gates, overhead protectin, safeties, combustion engines, hoisting ropes, safety factors).

Do your employees use elevators?

Do your employees use elevators?

If yes, then you need to comply with the standard on material hoists, personnel hoists, and elevators. The standard provides general requirements for permanent elevators such as complying with the American National Standards Institute A17.1-1965 with addenda A17.1a-1967, A17.1b-1968, A17.1c-1969, A17.1d-1970, and inspected in accordance with A17.2-1960 with addenda A17.2a-1965, A17.2b-1967 and following manufacturer's specifications.

The NCDOL Library is available for assistance regarding access to consensus standards (i.e., ANSI, ASME, NFPA, IEEE).

Do your employees use base-mounted drum hoists?

Do your employees use base-mounted drum hoists?

If yes, then you need to comply with the standard on base-mounted drum hoists. Note: It does not apply to base-mounted drum hoists used in conjunction with derricks.  It provides general requirements for base-mounted drum hoists including guarding of exposed moving parts, overspeed preventive devices and following manufacturer's specifications.  

Do your employees use overhead hoists?

Do your employees use overhead hoists?

If yes, then you need to comply with the standard on overhead hoists. It provides general requirements for overhead hoists such as safe working loads, supporting structures, location, air hoists, and following manufacturer's specifications.

Do your employees use conveyors?

Do your employees use conveyors?

If yes, then you need to comply with the standard on conveyors. It provides the general requirements for conveyors including audible warning signal, stopping motor or engine, emergency stop switches, guarding, signage, locking and tagging, and meeting ANSI B20.1-1957, Safety Code for Conveyors, Cableways, and Related Equipment.

The NCDOL Library is available for assistance regarding access to consensus standards (i.e., ANSI, ASME, NFPA, IEEE).