Environmental, Health and Safety Services

Ladder Design Requirements

Capacity

Ladders shall not be loaded beyond the maximum intended load, which includes the total load (weight and force) of the employee and all tools, equipment, and materials being carried. Always purchase and use portable extension and step ladders that are rated for at least "heavy-duty" use. Note: Mobile ladder stands and platforms shall be capable of supporting at least four times their maximum intended load.

General Requirements for All Ladders

Information is available on the OSHA Website. Refer to section 1910.23(b).

Portable and Fixed Ladder Requirements

Minimum design requirements established by OSHA can be reviewed on the OSHA Website. Refer to section 1910.23(c) for portable ladders and 1910.23(d) for fixed ladders.

Where fixed ladders are more than 24 feet above a lower level, means of fall protection must be provided. For more information, go to the OSHA Website and refer to section 1910.28(b)(9).

Step Bolts and Manhole Steps

Minimum design requirements established by OSHA can be reviewed on the OSHA Website. Refer to section 1910.24.

Dockboards

Minimum design requirements established by OSHA can be reviewed on the OSHA Website. Refer to section 1910.26.