University Human Resources
Part IV: General Rules
OSHA citation 1910.25-29
- A box, chair, carton, shelves or anything handy is not to be used as a ladder. Use only ladders in good repair and equipped with safety shoes.
- Report any defects to your supervisor.
- Wooden scaffolding planks, walkboards and ladders shall not be painted.
- Ladders should be stored in a location where they will not be exposed to the elements, and where there is good ventilation.
- Be sure the ladder is long enough to do the job safely.
- No ladder should be placed in front of a door that opens towards it unless the door is blocked, locked or guarded.
- When using a stepladder, make sure that it is fully spread and locked. Check for unsafe hinges as well as steps and uprights.
- Fiberglass ladders are preferred over aluminum or wood when working around electrical equipment. If an aluminum ladder must be used, be sure it has rubber shoes. Observe all warning tags.
- Never attempt to use a ladder in a strong wind.
- Always be sure that ladder feet are level before climbing.
- Do not climb on a ladder that is occupied by someone else.
- When climbing or descending, face the ladder and hold onto each rung.
- No attempt should be made to reach beyond a normal arm’s length while standing on the ladder, especially to the side.
- Ladders should be secured at the bottom to prevent kickout, and secured at the top with non-conductive material if they are tall or unstable.
- Never use the top three feet of an extension ladder or stand on the top two steps of any stepladder.