29 CFR 1910.26 - Portable metal ladders.
(a) Requirements -
(1) General. Specific design and construction requirements are not part of this section because of the wide variety of metals and design possibilities. However, the design shall be such as to produce a ladder without structural defects or accident hazards such as sharp edges, burrs, etc. The metal selected shall be of sufficient strength to meet the test requirements, and shall be protected against corrosion unless inherently corrosion-resistant.
(2) General specifications - straight and extension ladders.
(ii) The length of single ladders or individual sections of ladders shall not exceed 30 feet. Two-section ladders shall not exceed 48 feet in length and over two-section ladders shall not exceed 60 feet in length.
|Normal length of ladder (feet)||Overlap (feet)|
|Up to and including 36||3|
|Over 36, up to and including 48||4|
|Over 48, up to 60||5|
(iv) Extension ladders shall be equipped with positive stops which will insure the overlap specified in the table above.
(3) General specifications - step ladders.
(iii) The length of a stepladder is measured by the length of the front rail. To be classified as a standard length ladder, the measured length shall be within plus or minus one-half inch of the specified length. Stepladders shall not exceed 20 feet in length.
(vii) The bottoms of the four rails are to be supplied with insulating nonslip material for the safety of the user.
(viii) A metal spreader or locking device of sufficient size and strength to securely hold the front and back sections in the open position shall be a component of each stepladder. The spreader shall have all sharp points or edges covered or removed to protect the user.
(4) General specifications - trestles and extension trestle ladders.
(5) General specifications - platform ladders.
(c) Care and maintenance of ladders -
The following rules and regulations are essential to the life of the equipment and the safety of the user.
(2) Care of ladders.
(iv) Ladders must be maintained in good usable condition at all times.
(vi) If a ladder is involved in any of the following, immediate inspection is necessary:
(b) -(c) [Reserved]
(d) If ladders are exposed to oil and grease, equipment should be cleaned of oil, grease, or slippery materials. This can easily be done with a solvent or steam cleaning.
(vii) Ladders having defects are to be marked and taken out of service until repaired by either maintenance department or the manufacturer.
(iii) The ladder base section must be placed with a secure footing.
(iv) The top of the ladder must be placed with the two rails supported, unless equipped with a single support attachment.
(v) When ascending or descending, the climber must face the ladder.
(vi) Ladders must not be tied or fastened together to provide longer sections. They must be equipped with the hardware fittings necessary if the manufacturer endorses extended uses.
(viii) See § 1910.333(c) for work practices to be used when work is performed on or near electric circuits.
Title 29 published on 2015-07-01
The following are ALL rules, proposed rules, and notices (chronologically) published in the Federal Register relating to 29 CFR Part 1910 after this date.