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This topic covers OSHA’s regulations surrounding ladders in general industry workplaces.

OSHA’s ladder standards include regulations for the design, construction, and safe use of portable ladders, fixed ladders, mobile ladder stands, and mobile ladder stand platforms. Construction industry standards for ladders are separate from general-industry regulations.

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Interpretations OSHA standard for rung spacing on fixed industrial ladders and PPE in powered industrial vehicle battery changing. 04/02/1997National
Interpretations Safety concerns at Montana ski areas and OSHA standards for fixed ladders.(1910.27) 03/07/1995National
Directives 01/26/1993 - STD 1-1.14 - Fixed Ladders Used on Outdoor Advertising Structures/Billboards in the Outdoor Advertising Industry 07/22/2003National
Directives 06/20/1983 - STD 1-1.12 - Application of 29 CFR 1910.27, Fixed Ladders, to Fixed Ladders Used in Emergency Situations 07/18/2003National
Directives 10/30/1978 - STD 1-1.3 - 29 CFR 1910.27(d)(5) - Fixed Ladders, Special Requirements, Ladder Safety Devices, which adopts ANSI A14.3-1956 07/08/2003National
Directives 10/30/1978 - STD 1-15.4 - Interpretation of 29 CFR 1910.268(h)(8) Ladder Requirement Applying to Metal Manhole Ladders 07/09/2003National
Directives 12/29/1978 - STD 1-1.9 - 29 CFR 1910.27, Clarification of Fixed Ladders, Relative to Manhole (Rungs) Steps 07/09/2003National
Regulations 29 CFR 1910.23 Ladders  National
Handouts 5 Simple Steps to Ladder Safety  National
Interpretations A five-gallon paint pail should not be used as a step stool. 09/19/2000National
Training Tips Almost All Ladder Accidents Are Preventable  National
Interpretations Application of hatch covers to the Bilco Type "S" Roof Scuttle. 11/09/1999National
Questions & Answers Are ladder safety cables required to have an annual inspection? 07/27/2010National
Questions & Answers Are rolling stairs, like the type used in a warehouse, considered as portable metal ladders when referring to OSHA regulations? 02/01/2010National
Questions & Answers Can a ladder ever be used as a walk ramp as access/egress to an excavation? 09/07/2011National
Questions & Answers Can we install a netting or mesh screen in place of a cage? 08/20/2015National
Interpretations Clarification of OSHA requirements pertaining to winding stairway systems 06/15/2010National
Interpretations Considerations for using a continuous-climb fixed ladder on a steel stack instead of ladder cages and platforms.[1910.27(d)(2); 1910.27(d)(5)] 09/30/2002National
Interpretations Cross-member supports used for climbing communication towers are not fixed ladders under 1910.268(h). 07/23/2007National
Questions & Answers Do fixed or portable ladders need to have a concrete floor to be placed on? ... 11/25/2009National
Posters Don't Get Left Hanging: Use Your Ladder Safely  National
Interpretations Enforcement of manhole step specification requirements during rulemaking proceedings.[1910.27] 06/24/2003National
Guidance Documents Falling off ladders can kill: Use them safely  National
Interpretations Fixed ladder requirements for ski lift towers.[1910.27; 1910.27(d)(1)(ii); 1910.27(d)(5)] 06/02/1999National
Interpretations Fixed ladders must be retrofitted to meet 1910.27 design requirements; maximum horizontal spacing requirements for extenstions.[1910.27; 1910.27(d)(1)(i); 1910.27(d)(1)(ii); 1910.27(d)(v)] 05/27/2004National
Questions & Answers For the walking working surface OSHA regulation, do they make the distinction between movable stairs and movable ladders. Do they require going down the movable stairs/ladders facing the ladder or just as you do normal stairs going down facing out? 07/06/2017National
Questions & Answers For the walking, working surface new regulations, how many steps does a stepstool have to be to be considered for the pre-shift inspection? 06/16/2017National
Training Tips Going Up?  National
Interpretations Guarding of Access Openings to Fixed Ladders.[1910.23; 1910.23(a)(2); 1910.27] 09/29/2009National
Questions & Answers I was researching ladder safety and specifically wanted to know if there were any requirements or guidance documents on storing portable ladders. 02/19/2008National
Questions & Answers If the manufacturer's labels are no longer legible on a step ladder (duty rating, warnings etc.) can the labels be replaced or does the ladder have to be discarded? 01/07/2015National
Questions & Answers Is there a requirement for using rungs versus rails when climbing on fixed vertical ladders or portable step/extension ladders 08/30/2016National
Questions & Answers Is there an OSHA requirement for a written monthly inspection on all portable metal ladders, or does a written inspection need to be conducted every time it is used? 06/04/2009National
Training Activities Ladder and Scaffold Safety Activity (Word)  National
PowerPoints Ladder Safety  National
Quizzes Ladder Safety  National
Speaker's Notes Ladder Safety  National
Trainer's Guides Ladder Safety  National
Audiovisual Presentations Ladder Safety  National
Cartoons Ladder safety  National
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