Inspector Certification Program Accredited by ANSI
provides assurance that program conforms to
vehicle lift safety standards
NY (Oct. 6, 2015) – The Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) Lift Inspector
Certification Program has earned accreditation from the American National
Standards Institute (ANSI), providing assurance that the program conforms to
vehicle lift safety standards currently in place and all conformity
assessment requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services as defined in ISO/IEC 17065. Awarded Sept.
14, the accreditation is the result of a detailed analysis and a months-long
evaluation by ANSI auditors that examined the Lift Inspector Certification
Program’s materials and processes, as well as ALI’s policies and procedures.
The ALI Lift Inspector Certification
Program qualifies and certifies inspectors who demonstrate that they are
capable of properly inspecting any type of vehicle lift. Since the program was
launched in the fourth quarter of 2012, more than 350 inspectors have earned
certification. More than 400 additional inspectors are currently working their
way toward certification.
“Just as ALI’s Lift Inspector
Certification Program provides independent qualification of an inspector’s
abilities, ANSI accreditation serves as third-party verification that ALI meets
the highest internationally recognized requirements for bodies certifying
products, processes, and services.
For those in the vehicle service and repair industry, the importance of ANSI
accreditation is that it provides independent validation that the program’s
content complies with ANSI/ALI ALOIM, the standard covering lift inspection,
operation and maintenance,” says R.W. “Bob” O’Gorman, ALI president. “ANSI
accreditation is a big win for the hundreds of lift inspectors who have been
working hard to improve and standardize the lift inspection process across the
U.S. and Canada. For lift owners, accreditation provides greater confidence
that the ALI Certified Lift Inspectors they hire are thoroughly qualified to
carry out their duties.”
A lift inspection conducted by an
ALI Certified Lift Inspector includes a review of operator training and lift
maintenance logs in addition to the electrical and mechanical evaluation of the
lift itself. This ensures that nothing contained in the ANSI/ALI ALOIM standard
will go unnoticed. This is important, because health and safety officials rely
on guidance from ANSI/ALI ALOIM when making determinations about the safety of
a service bay. Since Lift Inspector Certification Program materials were
developed to cover all of the requirements found in the standard, lift owners
can be assured that no safety issues that officials check for will be
At the end of a comprehensive
inspection performed by an ALI Certified Lift Inspector, a label that shows
when the inspection took place is applied to each lift that passes. This label
makes it easy for health and safety officials to see at a glance if the lift’s
inspection is up-to-date. As a result of ANSI accreditation, the 2016 inspection
label will bear ALI’s ANSI accreditation number and appropriate accreditation references.
“The added ANSI accreditation number
and supporting text will strengthen the Certified Lift Inspection label by
making it clear that the lift has been inspected in accordance with a program
that is independently reviewed and accredited by ANSI,” says O’Gorman.
The Lift Inspector Certification
Program is the second ALI initiative to be accredited by ANSI. The first, the
Lift Certification Program, earned accreditation in 2001 and continues to be
regularly evaluated by ANSI. The Lift Certification Program verifies that
certified lifts have been tested to meet safety and performance requirements
outlined in ANSI/ALI ALCTV, the national standard for lift construction,
testing and validation.
Both of ALI’s ANSI accreditations
are recognized by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), an organization
that arranges for accreditations to be accepted across national borders. For
vehicle lift users throughout North America, IAF recognition provides
confidence that the Lift Inspector Certification Program meets the requirements
of any applicable national standards.
To find an ALI Certified Lift
Inspector near you, visit www.autolift.org/find-a-certified-auto-lift-inspector
or call (607) 756-7775. You can also connect with ALI on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LiftInstitute,
on Twitter at twitter.com/LiftInstitute
and on YouTube at www.youtube.com/LiftInstitute.
Founded in 1945, the Automotive Lift
Institute (ALI) is a trade association of North American-based lift
manufacturers. ALI’s mission is to promote the safe design, construction,
installation, service, inspection and use of automotive lifts. In 1947, ALI
developed the first Commercial Standard covering vehicle lifts published by the
National Bureau of Standards. Today, ALI sponsors several national lift safety
standards and offers third-party certification programs for automotive lifts
and automotive lift inspectors.
Posted on Tue, October 6, 2015
by Kurt Radermacher