Environmental Health & Safety

Ladder Safety Program

The University of California, Riverside (UCR) Environmental Health & Safety has developed this Ladder Safety Program to manage the safe selection, procurement, use of and safe work practices, inspection, inventory tracking and record keeping of all Univeristy owned ladders.
This program describes all aspects of ladder safety including a ladder safe-use policy, personnel accoutability, hazard assessment and proper ladder selection, safe work practices, training requirements, and record keeping.

The Ladder Safety Program applies to any department on campus, at field stations, or on leased property where any type of ladder three (3) feet or more in length/height is used. This includes temporary employees and graduate students performing research related activities in field stations and remote research facilities. Roles and responsiblities for safe use of ladders by employees are detailed in the program.

EH&S staff may provide periodic audits, training or coordinate training by vendors for campus departments as well as off campus locations. To make a request for training, please fill out an online Training Request Form or contact the EH&S Training Department at 951-827-2609 or the EH&S Safety Engineer at 951-827-5118.

Department Responsiblities

The department owning the ladders is responsible for the proper selection of ladders to be kept in their ladder inventory based upon an assessment of work tasks. In addition, owner departments are responsible for providing training to their personnel who use ladders, for keeping the records of training completed, for maintaining ladders in good working order, and for performing documented annual inspections and monthly visual inspections of all ladders under their ownership/control.
The department owning the ladders must:

  • inspect annually and maintain all ladders in their control/ownership
  • render unusable and then dispose of any ladders that are not repairable
  • provide training to all personnel using their ladders as requried by the training section of this program
  • keep/maintan attendance records of all training
  • assure ladder work-tasks are evaluated for hazards and the work tasks requiring fall protection to be worn are identified
  • provide alternative access when a ladder user determines use of a ladder is unsafe due to required work tasks

Ladder users are required to follow safe work procedures and practices developed by their department on ladder safe use as outlined in this program, and to notify the owner department whenever they identify a damaged ladder.

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