OSHA Stairway and Ladder Safety
29CFR 1926.1052: Stairways Standard
Stairways and ladders are a major source of injuries and fatalities among employees.
According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (2012), 14% of all work-related deaths are due to falls, and 20% of these deaths are related to the use of ladders.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates there are more than 24,000 injuries and up to 36 fatalities per year due to falls from stairways and ladders used in construction. Nearly half of these fall-related injuries are serious enough to require time-off the job.
These statistics are a stark reminder about the dangers of working on or around ladders and stairways.
Most, if not all, of these injuries and deaths could have been prevented.
This course is designed to provide both employers and employees with the knowledge needed to work safely on stairways and ladders.
OSHA Stairway and Ladder Safety - Curriculum
Types of Ladders
In this lesson you will learn about what respiratory hazards are and about the different types such as particulates and gases.
In this lesson, you will learn about how to effectively conduct a hazard analysis for respiratory hazards.
After you have gained a good understanding, through identification and analysis, of the air contaminants in your workplace, it’s important to evaluate each air contaminant to see if respiratory protection is required.
If you can’t eliminate or replace a respiratory hazard, use engineering controls to lower exposures to safe levels.
Assigned Protection Factor (APF) means the workplace level of respiratory protection that a respirator or class of respirators is expected to provide to employee.
Maximum Use Concentration (MUC) means the maximum atmospheric concentration of a hazardous substance from which an employee can be expected to be protected when wearing a respirator.
Ladders General Requirements
A respirator is a device that protects you from inhaling dangerous substances, such as chemicals and infectious particles.
The air-purifying respirator, or “APR”, has an air-purifying filter, cartridge, or canister that removes specific air contaminants, such as particulates, gases, and vapors, or both from the air.
Atmosphere-supplying respirators are used to provide breathing air from a source independent of the ambient atmosphere.
While some people may call both respirators and facemasks “masks,” this is incorrect as they are very different in their design, performance, and purpose.
Properly selected and used, respirators protect workers from hazards but don’t eliminate hazards.
Stairs General Requirements
The person responsible for managing the respiratory protection program has many important duties.
Respirator selection requires correctly matching the respirator with the type and degree of the hazard, and the user.
In areas where the wearer could be overcome by a toxic or oxygen-deficient atmosphere if the respirator fails, at least one additional person must be present.
OSHA’s CPL 02-02-054 – Respiratory Protection Program Guidelines will give you insight into the OSHA inspection protocol for respiratory protection. Design your own audits with these strategies in mind.
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- Part Number:1926
- Part Number Title:Safety and Health Regulations for Construction
- Subpart:1926 Subpart X
- Subpart Title:Stairways and Ladders
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One stairrail system along each unprotected side or edge.
Note: When the top edge of a stairrail system also serves as a handrail, paragraph (c)(7) of this section applies.