ALI Lift Inspector Certification Program Earns Accreditation
Oct. 7, 2015—The Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) Lift Inspector Certification Program earned accreditation from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) on Sept. 14, ALI announced on Tuesday. The accreditation provides assurance that the program conforms to all 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.
The accreditation is a result of a detailed analysis and 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 their capabilities of properly inspecting any type of vehicle lift.
“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 performed by an ALI Certified Lift Inspector consists of a review of operator training and lift maintenance logs in addition to the electrical and mechanical evaluation of the lift itself. This process ensures that nothing contained in the ANSI/ALI ALOIM standard will go unnoticed. Since Lift Inspector Certification Program materials were developed to cover all requirements found in the standards, lift owners can be sure that no safety issues that officials check for will be overlooked.
When an ALI Certified Lift Inspector completes an inspection, a label showing when the inspection took place is applied to each lift that passes. 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.
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