Wisconsin Ladders laws & safety compliance analysis

Wisconsin Ladders: What you need to know

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Wisconsin does not have a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program for the state; therefore, private sector workplaces must comply with federal occupational safety and health standards.

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Wisconsin’s safety and health rules govern public sector (state and local government offices and operations) workplaces. TThe state has adopted the federal rules by reference (SPS 332.50) for slips and falls (walking and working surfaces) and has adopted additional rules that are stricter than federal rules for portable and fixed ladders.

The U.S. Department of Labor/Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) administers and enforces federal workplace safety and health requirements in private sector workplaces. The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) administers the state workplace safety and health rules for public sector workplaces.

State Requirements
SPS 332.22

The adopted federal requirements for portable ladders apply to portable fiberglass ladders.

The ladder base section must be placed with a secure footing. Nonslip bases are not intended as a substitute for care in safely placing, lashing, or holding a ladder that is being used on oily, metal, concrete, or other slippery surfaces. Safety shoes must be installed on all ladders.

SPS 332.23

Fixed ladders of a substandard pitch must be equipped with handrails on both sides and installed 30 to 34 inches vertically above the rung or the nose of the tread.

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