Working on and around stairways and ladders can be dangerous. For example, stairways and ladders are major sources of injuries among construction workers. Many of these injuries are serious enough to require time off the job. OSHA rules apply to all stairways and ladders used in construction, alteration, repair, painting, decorating, and demolition of worksites covered by OSHA’s construction safety and health standards. OSHA rules specify when employers must provide stairways and ladders. The standards require the following:
- When there is a break in elevation of 48cm or more and no ramp, runway, embankment, or personnel hoist is available, employers must provide a stairway or ladder at all worker access points.
- When there is only one point of access between levels, employers must keep it clear of obstacles to permit free passage by workers. If free passage becomes restricted, employers must provide a second point of access and ensure that workers use it.
- When there are more than two points of access between levels, employers must ensure that at least one point of access remains clear.
All JOMY products meet OSHA standards.