OSHA Training Requirements - Ladders and Stairways

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1926.1050 – 1926.1060 – Ladders (and Stairways)

1926.1053 – General requirements

(b)(15) - Ladders shall be inspected by a competent person for visible defects on a periodic basis and after any occurrence that could affect their safe use.


1926.1060 – Training Requirements

(a) - The employer shall provide a training program for each employee using ladders and stairways, as necessary. The program shall enable each employee to recognize hazards related to ladders and stairways, and shall train each employee in the procedures to be followed to minimize these hazards.

(1) - The employer shall ensure that each employee has been trained by a competent person in the following areas, as applicable:

(i) - The nature of fall hazards in the work area;

(ii) - The correct procedures for erecting, maintaining, and disassembling the fall protection systems to be used;

(iii) - The proper construction, use, placement, and care in handling of all stairways and ladders;

(iv) - The maximum intended load-carrying capacities of ladders and

(v) - The standards contained in this subpart.

(b) - Retraining shall be provided for each employee as necessary so that the employee maintains the understanding and knowledge acquired through compliance with this section.




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Toolbox Talk - Transporting Portable Ladders Safely

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