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This checklist is intended to be used as a self-inspection checklist for portable ladders. It is based on NIOSH’s “Portable Ladders for Construction Self-Inspection Checklist,”  According to NIOSH, the checklist “covers regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) under the construction standards 29 CFR 1926.1050 to 1926.1060. It applies to portable ladders used at temporary worksites associated with construction, alteration, demolition, or repair work including painting and decorating. The regulations cited apply only to private employers and their employees, unless adopted by a State agency and applied to other groups such as public employees. Definitions of terms in bold type are provided at the end of the checklist. A yes answer to a question indicates that this portion of the inspection complies with the OSHA or U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standard, or with a non-regulatory recommendation.” Convergence Training used the NIOSH checklist to make this checklist on 12/28/2012 and makes no claims to update this checklist in the future to match any changes NIOSH makes to its checklist.

NIOSH provides these definitions along with this checklist:

Cleat: a ladder crosspiece of rectangular cross section placed on edge. A person steps on a cleat while ascending or descending a ladder. [29 CFR 1926.1050(b)] Extension trestle ladder: a self-supporting portable ladder, adjustable in length, consisting of a trestle ladder base and a vertically adjustable extension section, with a suitable means for locking the ladders together. Portable ladder: a ladder that can be readily moved or carried. Step stool (ladder type): a self-supporting, foldable, portable ladder, nonadjustable in length, 32 inches or less in overall size, with flat steps and without a pail shelf, designed to be climbed on the ladder top cap as well as all steps. The side rails may continue above the top cap.