JTLMFor 29 years, members and staff from up to seven global construction equipment trade associations gather in person to share information regarding standards and regulatory activities from their respective regions. These meetings have been hosted in North America, Asia and Europe on a rotating basis. 

Attendees include members and staff from the following associations:

  • AEM representing North America
  • CCMA representing China
  • CECE representing Europe
  • CEMA representing Japan
  • CMEIG representing Australia
  • ICEMA representing India
  • KOCEMA representing the Republic of Korea

This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, AEM transitioned the 30th annual meeting to a digital format with participants submitting their content to a common site with a separate blog for each presentation.  The blogs were active from September 1 through October 31, after which the blogs were frozen, but participants can still view the content.  The material will continue to be available for members as will the content from previous meetings.

The 2020 digital format allowed greater participation from member companies to learn about standards and regulatory developments, either in process or complete, from around the globe.  

The meeting is organized with regional reports being first on the agenda. There are detailed presentations from Europe, North America, Japan, South Korea, China, Russia, Latin America, India, and Australia/New Zealand. 

Regional reports are followed by ISO standards development activities with reports from Sub Committees of the following Technical Committees:

  • TC 127 responsible for earthmoving equipment
  • TC 195 responsible for road building and general construction equipment
  • TC 110 responsible for telehandlers
  • TC 23 responsible for forestry equipment
  • TC 82 responsible for mining equipment

Meeting content concludes with International Environmental issues including Greenhouse Gas regulations, Engine Emissions regulations from around the globe, Biofuel regulations, Noise regulations and Hazardous Chemical regulations.

In addition to the sharing of information, members were able to ask clarifying questions and use the blog feature to communicate best practices.  While the personal interactions and networking opportunities were missed, the digital approach allowed us to continue with one of the most informative meetings on global standards, regulatory issues and best practices to maintain market access our associations host or participate in.  As one attendee stated, “Where else can I go to have free access to this many industry experts from around the world and have my questions answered?”

A total of 56 unique presentations were posted along with blog capabilities on the digital site. While all 56 are unique and have information important to global market access, I wish to highlight several that may be of particular interest in each topical area:

Europe:

  • 1.1 – The New European Commission Priorities
  • 1.5 – Mobile Machinery Road Circulation Regulations (EU-Wide)
  • 1.8 – the EU Circular Economy and SCIP Database
  • 1.9 – Brexit (Continuing to Evolve)

North America:

  • 2.1 – Review of US Department of Labor (DOL) Regulatory Agenda
  • 2.2 – SNAP Application for HFO-1234yf refrigerant use in North America
  • 2.6 – Silica Regulations – Submissions in Response to OSHA’s Request for Information (RFI)
  • 2.11 – ANSI/SAIA A92 Standards Suite Update for MEWPs (Mobile Elevating Work Platforms)
  • 2.14 – Canadian WorkSafeBC, OHS Parts 16, Draft Equipment Regulations

Japan:

  • 3.1 – Adoption of ISO Standards to JIS Standards

South Korea:

  • 4.1 – Regulatory & Safety, Recalls, Tower Cranes and Quota Laws
  • 4.3 – Korean Standards Activities and Lists

India:

  • 7.1 – Construction Equipment Vehicle (CEV) On-Road Regulations
  • 7.2 – Mine Regulations

Australia/New Zealand

  • 8.1 – Australia Update

Other Regions:

  • 9.1 – Middle East Safety Regulations
  • 9.2 – Africa Regulatory Update

ISO Activities:

  • 10.1 to 10.6  Five ISO Construction Equipment Technical Committee Activities are summarized

Engine Emissions:

  • 11.1 to 11.19 Seven Regional Reports are provided highlighting engine emissions regulations

Hazardous Chemicals:

  • 12.1 – California Proposition 65
  • 12.2 – EU REACH

Other Topics:

  • 13.2 – Ag Electronic Foundation and Agricultural Interoperability Analysis System (ATLAS)

All of the topics included in the JTLM agenda are informative and important to understand to maintain market access and provide products compliant with regional requirements.   As participants review the agenda, they are certain to find topics of significance to their business in the global marketplace.  

While members miss the verbal presentations and networking opportunities, having access to the current state of the ever-changing regional standards and regulatory landscape has proven to be an extremely valuable resource to maintain market access in regions where members may not have full visibility to the local requirements.  One longtime participant commented that the JTLM content "-- is one of the most valuable and often referenced set of meeting materials --” to which he has access.

For more information, or if you are interested in attending the next JTLM, scheduled to be held in Asia next year, though subject to the everchanging world situation, please contact AEM's Senior Director of Technical and Safety Services Michael Pankonin at mpankonin@aem.org.

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