Reaching the Roof: Specifying Fixed Access Aluminum Ladders for Safety and Efficiency

Installed in virtually every commercial structure, fixed access aluminum ladders are a necessary feature for maintaining both building equipment and occupant safety.
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Karin Tetlow

Standards and Safety

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration(OSHA) issue national standards regarding fixed ladders. Both sets of standards are virtually the same as each organization takes turns to institute changes.

Titled ANSI A14.3-2008 American National Standard for Ladders - Fixed - Safety Requirements is available from webstore.ansi.org. ANSI standards detail specifications on the various materials, construction requirements, test requirements, usage guidelines and labeling/marking requirements for fixed access ladders (CHECK).

OSHA Regulations (Standards - 29 CFR) Fixed ladders. - 1910.27 are available for download at www.osha.gov. OSHA also publishes a Booklet Guide to the 1910.27 regulations titled Stairways and Ladders, A Guide to OSHA Rules, OSHA 3124-12R 2003 (www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3124/osha3124.html).
The latter is a general overview of the OSHA standards and covers the rules for all ladders included fixed ladders (see sidebar).

 

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