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Scaffolding
National Summary

This topic covers the design and assembly of all scaffolds used in general industry workplaces.

OSHA’s scaffold rules for general industry apply to all types of scaffolds, and include specific rules for mannually propelled mobile ladder stands and towers (29 CFR 1910.28-29). The regulations give specifications for various types of scaffolds and cover everything from the spacing of the poles to the size of the planking.

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TypeTitleDateState
Regulations 29 CFR § 1910.28 Safety requirements for scaffolding  National
Talks A Scaffold Plank (Word)  National
Interpretations An installation which has permanent davit arms and davit bases, but does not have a powered platform; a rental stage is brought in for maintenance.[1910.28; 1910.66] 09/04/1996National
Interpretations Anchoring 2-point suspension scaffolds;criteria for testing anchorages.[1910.66; 1910.28(g)(11); 1926.451(d)(18)] 08/10/2000National
Interpretations Apparent inconsistency between the scaffolding requirements in the general industry standard and the construction standard. [1910.28] 01/09/1992National
Interpretations Determining scaffold support capability. 10/02/2008National
Questions & Answers Do scissor lifts used for periodic building maintenance fall under regulations of powered platforms section 1910.66? 03/07/2008National
Questions & Answers Does a scissor lift required daly checklist & operator evealuation as part of the OSHA powered truck certification? 01/21/2009National
Training Tips Don’t Fold on Scaffold Safety  National
Training Tips Ladders and Scaffolds: Inspection Essentials  National
Guidance Documents OSHA eTool - Scaffolding  National
Interpretations OSHA's requirement for certification for building roof anchor points & the "Certificate of Regulation Compliance Building" form. 08/09/1996National
Guidance Documents Other Types of Scaffolds  National
Interpretations Pump jack scaffold bracing. 07/12/1993National
Interpretations Regulations for scaffold casters. [1910.29] 06/24/1992National
Interpretations Requesting OSHA to comment on the Scaffold Industry Association testing procedures to determine fall arrest tie-off locations. 09/25/1995National
Quizzes Scaffold Safety (PDF)  National
Handouts Scaffold Safety (PDF)  National
Quizzes Scaffold Safety (PDF) -- Spanish  National
Handouts Scaffold Safety (PDF) -- Spanish  National
Trainer's Outlines Scaffold Safety (PDF) [7-Minute Safety Trainer] (short outline)  National
Handouts Scaffold Safety (Word)  National
Training Tips Scaffold Safety Do's and Don'ts  National
Quizzes Scaffold Safety Quiz (Word)  National
Talks Scaffolding (Word)  National
Policies Scaffolding (Word)  National
Meetings Scaffolds (Word)  National
Talks Scaffolds Are for Safety (Word)  National
Quizzes Staying Safe on Ladders & Scaffolds (PDF)  National
Handouts Staying Safe on Ladders & Scaffolds (PDF)  National
Trainer's Outlines Staying Safe on Ladders & Scaffolds (PDF) [OSHA Training System] (long outline)  National
Guidance Documents Supported Scaffold Inspection Tips  National
Interpretations Use of laminated veneer lumber in lieu of scaffold grade planks on scaffold systems 02/27/1992National
Talks Using Scaffolds Safely (Word)  National
Questions & Answers We have several working platforms around some of the equipment that need a load rating posted on them. The platforms are 20" to 30" tall constructed of a metal frame with plywood or pressed wood attached to the top as the walking surface. The enginee 02/22/2008National
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