OHS Code

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 8 Entrances, Walkways, Stairways and Ladders

Section 130 Design criteria

(1) An employer must ensure that a fixed ladder installed on or after April 30, 2004 meets the requirements of PIP Standard STF05501 (February 2002), Fixed Ladders and Cages, published by the Construction Industry Institute.

(2) Despite the standards referenced in PIP Standard STF05501, an employer may

(a) use applicable Canadian material and process standards if the employer ensures that the fixed ladder is designed and installed in accordance with established engineering principles, and

(b) allow the inside diameter of a cage hoop to be as great as 760 millimetres.

(3) If a fixed ladder is made of a material other than steel, the employer must ensure that the design is certified by a professional engineer as being as strong as or stronger than that required by PIP Standard STF05501.

(4) The employer must ensure that a self-closing double bar safety gate, or equally effective means, is provided at ladderway floor openings and platforms of fixed ladders installed on or after April 30, 2004.

(5) Subsection (4) does not apply at landings.

(6) Section 327 applies to an access ladder attached to a scaffold.