Because the variation of materials, methods for moving them and locations for storage are so diverse across campus, the best comprehensive guide to evaluating needs departmentally and training affected faculty, staff and students is the OSHA Material Storage and Handling publication.
Elevated surfaces used for storage, meeting places or other purposes such as mezzanines or loft areas, must be of an approved design and rated for load capacity. An engineer must do the load rating and it needs to be posted in the area.
Ladder safety transcends the workplace, because this piece of equipment is used in nearly all environments both at work and at home. Taking just a few minutes to discuss ladder safety with the faculty, staff & students that are in any working and learning environment.