OHS Code Explanation Guide

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

Section 121 Walkways, runways and ramps

Subsection 121(1)

Permanent and temporary walkways, runways and ramps must be

(a) strong enough to support all expected loads,
(b) at least 600 mm wide to permit the safe movement of equipment and workers, and
(c) where applicable, be equipped with guardrails and toe boards. Guardrails must meet the requirements of section 315 and toe boards must meet the requirements of section 321.

Subsection 121(2)

Walkways, runways and ramps must provide workers with enough traction to prevent slipping. For walkways, runways and ramps located in a controlled environment, non-slip, abrasive surfaces may be adequate. For locations exposed to weather, or at workplaces where debris or materials damage or coat these non-slip surfaces so that they are of little or no value, expanded metal or webbed metal should be used. This type of construction sheds ice, snow, and debris, providing reliable traction under a variety of conditions.