OHS Code Explanation Guide

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

Section 126 Prohibition on painting

Paint and other coatings can prevent a person from seeing the condition of the wood of a wooden ladder. Only transparent, nonconductive finishes such as varnish, shellac, or a clear preservative should be used. A minimum amount of paint may be used for placing identifying information on a ladder. If this is done, the marking(s) should only appear on one face of the side rails.

In general, ladders should be kept free of any waste products such as drywall mud, cement, paint, adhesives or sealants. A build-up of these materials could cover up damage such as cracks and missing connecting hardware.