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Washington Ladders: What you need to know

Washington has adopted the federal rules for ladders in general industry workplaces, and has adopted additional requirements, including employee ladder training, that are stricter than federal general industry rules.

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The Department of Labor and Industries’ Department of Safety and Health (DOSH) administers and enforces the workplace safety and health rules in private and public sector workplaces.

PORTABLE LADDERS
WAC 296-876-200 to 296-876-400

Portable ladder specifications (metal and wood). Employers must ensure that portable ladders and job-made wooden ladders manufactured on or after January 1, 2006, meet the design and construction requirements and specifications of the appropriate American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard:

  • ANSI A14.1-2000, American National Standard for Ladders-Portable Wood-Safety Requirements
  • ANSI A14.2-2000, American National Standard for Ladders-Portable Metal-Safety Requirements
  • ANSI A14.5-2000, American National Standard for Ladders-Portable Reinforced Plastic-Safety Requirements
  • ANSI A14.4-2002, American National Standard Safety Requirements for Job-Made Wooden Ladders

Portable ladders manufactured before January 1, 2006, must meet the design and construction requirements and specifications of the appropriate ANSI standard in effect on the date of manufacture.

Ladder condition (WAC 296-876-30005). Wood ladders must not be coated with an opaque covering except for the minimum amount necessary for identification and warning information which may be placed on one face only of a side rail.

Ladder inspections. When ladders are first placed into service, periodically inspect the ladder for visible defects, including, but not limited to, working ...


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