Things to consider before purchasing a ladder:
Only fiberglass or aluminum ladders are allowed to be purchased and used at UCI. Wood ladders are not allowed to be purchased or used on campus.
- Training: Anyone using a ladder should complete initial training prior to the use of ladders. Classroom and online training is available through UC Learning Center: www.uclc.uci.edu
- Inspection: Ladders need to be inspected prior to every use and also on a monthly basis.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
Q: What types of ladders fall under this program?
A: Any ladder over three (3) feet in height/length that is used or potentially could be used by a University employee.
Q: Who is responsible for implementing this program within my department?
A: Individual departments are responsible for maintaining a comprehensive inventory and inspection records of the ladders used. Departments are encouraged to designate a “Ladder Safety Program Administrator” that will work, in conjunction with EH&S, to implement the requirements of the UCI Ladder Safety Program.
Q: Who is responsible for inspecting ladders?
A: Each department is responsible for inspecting and maintaining inspection records of the ladders used.
Q: How often should ladders be inspected?
A: Ladders should be inspected by the individual using the ladder immediately before and after use.
Q: What should be done with a defective ladder?If a ladder is found to be defective, that ladder must be tagged with a “DO NOT USE” tag, removed immediately from the worksite and reported to a supervisor. The inventory list must then be updated to reflect the change in status of the specific ladder.
Contact EH&S at email@example.com or 824-6200 if you have any questions regarding safe ladder use.