OHS Code Explanation Guide

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

Highlights

  • Section 119 requires the employer to identify a secondary escape route for situations in which a worker could become isolated from a primary escape route.
  • Section 127 requires employers to ensure that ladders used near energized equipment are non-conducting.
  • Section 130 references Process Industry Practices (PIP) Standard STF05501 (February 2002), Fixed Ladders and Cages, for the design and construction of fixed ladders. An employer must ensure that a fixed ladder installed on or after April 30, 2004, meets the requirements of this standard.
  • Section 131 references American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Standard C478-02, Standard Specification for Reinforced Concrete Manhole Sections, for fixed ladders used in pre-cast reinforced concrete manhole sections. An employer must ensure that a fixed ladder used in pre-cast reinforced concrete manholes installed on or after April 30, 2004, meets the requirements of this standard.
  • Section 135 recognizes both Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and American National Standard Institute (ANSI) Standards for portable ladders.