Originally founded in 1945 as the trade association of U.S. manufacturers of in-ground lifts, the Automotive Lift Institute (ALI), in cooperation with the National Bureau of Standards, sponsored the first standard governing automotive lifts (CS142) in 1947. Currently credentialed by ANSI, and recognized by the International Accreditation Forum as an Accredited Standards Developer and a Product Certification Organization.
ALI developed the Lift Inspector Certification Program in response to growing demand from businesses that use vehicle lifts, as well as the governmental health and safety organizations that monitor them. Annual vehicle lift inspections conducted by a “qualified automotive lift inspector” are required by the ANSI National Standard covering vehicle lift operation, inspection, and maintenance (ANSI/ALI ALOIM current edition) and included by reference in regulations in the United States and Canada. However, until now there have been no national vehicle lift inspection licensing or certification programs.
In October 2012, ALI launched the first third-party lift inspector certification program. The ALI Lift Inspector Certification Program provides third-party qualification of vehicle lift inspectors and certifies those who demonstrate they are capable of properly inspecting vehicle lifts in accordance with the ANSI standard governing vehicle lift inspection. The program further provides a proactive alternative to support service bay safety rather than penalty-based compliance programs founded on OSHA’s General Duty Clause.
“Proper vehicle lift certification, installation, and inspection have come under increased scrutiny in recent years by OSHA and other local, state, provincial and federal health and safety officers,” explains R.W. “Bob” O’Gorman, ALI president.
ANSI standards mandate that a qualified lift inspector inspect all vehicle lifts at least annually. Many companies will tell you that their inspectors are qualified to perform these inspections. But the only independent verification of lift inspector qualification in North America is the Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) Lift Inspector Certification Program.
ALI Certified Lift Inspectors: