Q: Do I need to train my employees on using ladders?
A: Yes. Any construction workers who are going to use a ladder must have training that is compliant with the Occupational Health and Safety Administration's regulations. Training should be provided by someone who is competent in the following areas:
- The nature of fall hazards on worksites.
- Correct procedures for erecting, maintaining and, disassembling ladders.
- Proper usage and placement in different areas such as hallways, stairs, or tight spaces.
- Maximum loads for different types of ladders.
- Standards for proper usage.
Q: Do ladders need to be inspected?
A: Yes. Ladders should be inspected by competent persons for any visible defects. For ladder regulations on different styles or types of ladders please visit the OSHA website.
Q: Are ladders required to have the manufacturer labels?
A: No. There are no regulations regarding the manufacturers labels. However there should be documentation providing weight limits and proper usage for any ladders without labels.
Q: Does OSHA have ladders that are approved to comply for their regulations?
A: No. OSHA does not approve products such as ladders. OSHA only provides the regulations and criteria that should be met when purchasing and using ladders.