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California Ladders: What you need to know

California has adopted regulatory requirements for the design, construction, and use of portable and fixed ladders in general industry workplaces (except ladders used for window cleaning) that mirror federal rules, and several provisions that are stricter than the federal rules.

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The California Department of Industrial Relations/Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) administers and enforces workplace safety and health rules for all private and public sector (except federal government operations) workplaces in the state.

PORTABLE LADDERS
8 CCR 3276

Applicability. The portable ladder rules apply to the design, construction, selection, care, and use of all self-supporting and non-self-supporting portable ladders in general industry workplaces under normal conditions of use.

Single-rail ladders prohibited. A ladder with rungs, cleats, or steps mounted on a single-rail instead of the normal two rails used on most other ladders must not be used in the workplace.

Design and Construction

Portable wood ladders. Safety requirements for portable wood ladders placed in service after January 7, 2011, must meet the design and construction requirements of ANSI A14.1-2007. Safety requirements for portable wood ladders placed in service on or before January 7, 2011, must be based on the ANSI A14.1 provisions in effect at the time such ladders were placed in service. Portable job-made cleat ladders must meet the requirements of the construction rule for such ladders (see 8 CCR 1676).

Portable metal ladders. Safety requirements for portable metal ladders placed in service after January 7, 2011, must meet the design and construction requirements of ANSI A14.2-2007. Safety requirements ...


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