ES&H Manual



6141 Appendix T6

Below-the-Hook Lifting Devices



1.0             Purpose


At Jefferson Lab below-the-hook lifting devices (BTHLD) are designed, built, and purchased to perform specific functions. This appendix outlines the requirements for the design, production, use, and modification of these devices.


2.0             Scope


Devices that have not met the requirements of this procedure are to be referred to the Material Handling Manager for inspection, testing, or appropriate use determination. 


A BTHLD is not to be used without an appropriate name plate or other permanent marking; nor for anything other than its intended purpose.


Process steps are performed in coordination with ES&H Manual Chapter 6140 Material Handling Equipment Program and ES&H Manual Chapter 6141 Material Handling – Rigging, Cranes, and Hoists.


3.0             Responsibilities

NOTE:           Management authority may be delegated to a task qualified Jefferson Lab employee at the discretion of the responsible manager.


3.1              Material Handling Manager (MHM)

·         Maintain records for all approved BTHLD at Jefferson Lab.

·         Ensure a load test is performed on all BTHLDs in accordance with DOE Standard 1090-2007: Hoisting and Rigging Standard (Formerly Hoisting and Rigging Manual); Chapter 14 Below-the-Hook Lifting Devices.


3.2              Qualified Engineer

·         Design and produce BTHLDs in accordance with the provisions of ASME B30.20, ASME BTH-1, and Jefferson Lab’s requirements.


3.3              BTHLD Custodian

·         Ensure BTHLD under your authority are maintained, inspected, and used in accordance with this procedure.


4.0             Process Steps


Responsibilities for each process step are outlined within the procedure.


4.1              Design


It is recommended that the MHM be contacted prior to commencement of this procedure. Several BTHLD are available in storage which may be adequate for your operation.


Step 1:            Submit BTHLD Design to Appropriate Engineering Department

·         Submit a draft BTHLD design concept, or description of requirements, to the engineering department.

·         An engineering drawing is developed by a qualified engineer to comply with ASME B30.20, ASME BTH-1, and per department procedures. Refer to Welding and Brazing Program Supplement.

·         The drawing is reviewed and signed by a second qualified engineer.


Step 2:            Submit Drawing to MHM for Approval


·         The Engineer-of-Record – starts a Material Handling Device Engineering Note, and submits the note and reviewed drawing to the MHM for approval.

·         MHM – reviews, and if found to be appropriate, approves the drawing for production.

o   Retains the note and a copy of the approved drawing on file.

o   Returns the approved drawing to the Engineer-of-Record.


4.2              Production


Unless otherwise stated the Engineer-of-Record is responsible for the following process steps:


Step 1:            Fabrication

·         Assign production of the BTHLD to an in-house fabricator, or a qualified vendor in accordance with ES&H Manual Chapter 6140 Appendix T2 Procurement of Material Handling Equipment. 

·         Ensure it is produced in accordance with drawing specifications.


Step 2:            Approve for Use:


If Produced In-House:

·         Schedule a Load Test with the MHM or designee. The load test is to be performed in accordance with DOE Standard 1090-2007: Hoisting and Rigging Standard (Formerly Hoisting and Rigging Manual); Chapter 14 Below-the-Hook Lifting Devices.

·         Upon completion of satisfactory test, MHM will provide a label (see Section 4.5 Labeling below) designating approval for use.


If Produced by Outside Vendor: (In accordance with ES&H Manual Chapter 6140 Appendix T2 Procurement of Material Handling Equipment.)

·         Prior to acceptance of the item, schedule a review with the MHM. Acceptance criteria includes:

o   A qualifying Load Test has been performed.

o   Item has been properly labeled.


Upon successful completion, or confirmation, of a qualifying load test and acceptable labeling, the BTHLD custodian may take ownership of the device. 


4.3              Maintenance, Inspection, and Use


The BTHLD Custodian is responsible for the following requirements:


·         Ensure BTHLD is maintained in usable condition per department procedures.

·         Perform appropriate inspections prior to each use. Refer to ES&H Manual Chapter 6141 Appendix T3 Inspection Procedures – Overhead & Mobile Cranes, Hoists, and Rigging.

·         Ensure the BTHLD is used only for its intended purpose.


4.4              Alterations to BTHLD


Jefferson Lab recognizes that from time to time a BTHLD may require repair, modification, or be assigned a task other than its intended purpose. When this happens it must be designed, reviewed, approved, and produced, as if it were new.


4.5              Labeling


If Produced In-House: The following label (example noted below) is attached to, or otherwise denoted on, the device.


Example of Approved BTHLD Label



If Produced by Outside Vendor: The following information is minimally required to be attached to, or otherwise denoted on, the device:


·         Manufacturer’s Name

·         Manufacturer’s Address



·         Serial Number

·         Lifter Weight, if over 100lbs (45kg)

·         Rated Load


5.0             Revision Summary


Revision 0.4 – 01/24/18 – Updated TPOC from B.Sperlazza to M.Loewus

Revision 0.3 – 02/09/17 – Updated TPOC from D.Kausch to B. Sperlazza per B. Sperlazza

Revision 0.2 – 12/18/15 – Eliminated two positions previously identified as the MHSR and the MHER, the responsibilities of these positions are now performed by the MHM; modified the BTHLD Label to contain all required data.

Periodic Review – 12/04/14 – No changes per TPOC

Revision 0.1 – 03/22/12 – Update to weblinks

Revision 0.0 – 10/21/11 – This is new content











ES&H Division

Mark Loewus





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