Stairways, Walkways & Ladders

Stairs and Walkways

Every flight of stairs having four or more risers needs to be equipped with standard stair railings and handrails that meet the building code based on the most recent construction or renovation requirements. The height of handrails need to be not more than 34 inches nor less than 30 inches from upper surface of handrail to surface of tread in line with face of riser or to surface of ramp.

The floor of every building, work area, aisle, and stairway will be maintained in a clean and, so far as possible, a dry condition. Where wet processes are used, drainage will be maintained and false floors, platforms, mats, or other dry standing places should be provided where practicable.

To facilitate cleaning and risk management all walking surfaces will be kept free from protruding nails, splinters, holes, or loose boards.

Where mechanical handling equipment is used, sufficient safe clearances must be allowed for aisles, at loading docks, through doorways and wherever turns or passage must be made. Aisles and passageways will be kept clear and in good repairs, with no obstruction across or in aisles that could create a hazard.



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. 


Ladder safety training is also available through the American Ladder's Institute here.