TITLE 8: Chapter 4, Subchapter 4, Sections 1637(n) and
1660(f) of the Construction Safety Orders; and Subchapter 7,
Sections 3277 through 3280 of the General Industry Safety Orders

Update of ANSI References for Ladder-Type and
Needle-Beam Type Platforms; and Fixed and Portable Ladders


Amend Section 1637 to read:

1637. General Requirements.

 

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(n) Access.

(1) A safe and unobstructed means of access, such as a walkway, stair, or ladder shall be provided to all scaffold platforms.

(2) Climbing ladders or stairways on scaffolds used for access and egress shall be affixed or built into the scaffold by proper design and engineering, and shall be so located that their use will not disturb the stability of the scaffold.

(A) If a ladder is used as a means of access to the scaffold, it shall be securely attached and shall comply with Article 25 of the Construction Safety Orders.

(B) Permanent stairways shall comply with the applicable provisions of the General Industry Safety Orders and prefabricated scaffold steps or stairs shall comply with the design, manufacture and installation requirements of ANSI A10.8-19771988, Scaffolding-Safety Requirements, which is hereby incorporated by reference.

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NOTE: Authority cited: Section 142.3, Labor Code. Reference: Section 142.3, Labor Code.

 

Amend Section 1660 to read:

1660. Suspended Scaffolds for Loads of 425 Pounds or Less.

 

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(f) Ladder-Type and Needle Beam-Type Platforms.

(1) These types of pPlatforms placed in service after [ * ] shall be constructed in accordance comply with the American National Standard (ANSI) Scaffolding-Safety Requirements, for Scaffolding A10.8-19771988, which is hereby incorporated by reference. Platforms placed in service on or before [ * ] shall comply with ANSI A10.8-1977, Safety Requirements for Scaffolding, which is hereby incorporated by reference.

  1. Light metal-type platforms shall be approved.

(g) Each employee shall be protected by an approved safety belt attached to a lanyard personal fall arrest system as described in Article 24 of the Construction Safety Orders. The lLanyards used in fall arrest systems shall be securely attached to substantial members of the structure (not scaffold), or to securely rigged lines, which will safely suspend the employee in case of a fall. In order to keep the lanyard continuously attached, with a minimum of slack, to a fixed structure, the attachment point of the lanyard shall be appropriately changed as the work progresses.

 

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NOTE: Authority cited: Section 142.3, Labor Code. Reference: Section 142.3, Labor Code.

 

* The effective date of these orders to be filled in by the Office of Administrative Law.

 

 

Amend Section 3277 to read:

3277. Fixed Ladders.

(a) All fixed ladders installed before the effective date of these orders and after June 1, 1972 shall meet the specifications contained in the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A14.3-56 and those installed after July 1, 1992 shall meet the specifications contained in ANSI A14.3-84, for ladders - fixed - safety requirements, which is hereby incorporated by reference. shall be approved as defined in Section 3206 of the General Industry Safety Orders.

 

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NOTE: Authority cited: Section 142.3, Labor Code. Reference: Section 142.3, Labor Code;

and section 18943(b), Health and Safety Code.

 

 

Amend Section 3278 to read:

3278. Portable Wood Ladders.

Safety requirements for portable wood ladders placed in service on or after [ * ], the effective date of these orders shall meet the requirements of ANSI A14.1-19811994, which is hereby incorporated by reference. Safety requirements for portable wood ladders placed in service prior to the effective date of these orders on or before [ * ], shall be based on the ANSI A14.1 provisions in effect at the time such ladders were placed in service.

 

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NOTE: Authority cited: Section 142.3, Labor Code. Reference: Section 142.3, Labor Code.

 

* The effective date of these orders to be filled in by the Office of Administrative Law.

 

 

Amend Section 3279 to read:

3279. Portable Metal Ladders.

Safety requirements for portable metal ladders placed in service on or after [ * ], the effective date of these orders shall meet the requirements of ANSI A14.2-19821990, which is hereby incorporated by reference. Safety requirements for portable metal ladders placed in service prior to the effective date of these orders on or before [ * ], shall be based on the ANSI A14.2 provisions in effect at the time such ladders were placed in service.

 

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NOTE: Authority cited: Section 142.3, Labor Code. Reference: Section 142.3, Labor Code.

 

 

Amend Section 3280 to read:

3280. Portable Reinforced Plastic Ladders.

Safety requirements for portable reinforced plastic ladders placed in service on or after [ * ], the effective date of these orders shall meet the requirements of

ANSI A14.5-19821992, which is hereby incorporated by reference. Safety requirements for portable reinforced plastic ladders placed in service prior to on or before the effective date of these orders [ * ], shall be based on the ANSI A14.5 provisions in effect at the time such ladders were placed in service.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 142.3, Labor Code. Reference: Section 142.3, Labor Code.

 

* The effective date of these orders to be filled in by the Office of Administrative Law.