OSHA Ladder & Stairway

This course covers ladder and stairway safety, covering basic concepts, industry safety regulations and standards, and workplace responsibilities.

Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
Course Length: 2 Hours

What you'll learn

  • Introduction to Ladder and Stairway Safety Training
  • Slip and Fall Injuries and Statistics
  • Terminology
  • Safety Regulations-OSHA
  • Responsibilities
  • Classification of Hazards
  • Types of Ladders
  • Controls
  • Stairways

Course Description

This online course presents an overview of ladder and stairway safety. It will cover basic concepts, industry safety regulations and standards, responsibilities in the workplace, the hazards of working on and around ladders and stairways, different types of ladders and their intended uses, and hazard control measures to follow when you use a ladder or stairway to accomplish job tasks in your workplace.

The OSHA Ladder and Stairway Safety course consists of content, graphics, audio, self check (non-scored) questions, and a final exam.

Course Outline

OSHA Ladder & Stairway Course Outline

Course Objectives

Introduction to Ladder and Stairway Safety Training

Slip and Fall Injuries and Statistics

  • Cost of Injuries


  • Ladders
  • Stairways

Safety Regulations-OSHA

  • Safety Standards-ANSI
  • Safety Standards-CDC: NIOSH


  • Employers
  • Supervisors
  • Employees
  • Training
  • Qualified Climber

Classification of Hazards

  • Slips, Trips, and Falls
  • Common Causes of Injuries
  • Types of Injuries
  • Environmental Contributing Factors
  • Human Contributing Factors
  • Electricity

Types of Ladders

  • Fixed Ladders
  • Portable Ladders
    • Self-Supporting
    • Non-Self-Supporting
      • Straight Ladders
      • Extension Ladders
    • Special Purpose Ladders
    • Job-made Wooden Ladders


  • Design and Construction
  • Planning
    • Choose a Safe Location
    • Choose the Right Ladder
    • Ladder Materials
    • Ladder Duty Ratings
    • Ladder Length
  • Inspection
  • Ladder Set-up
  • Safe Work Practices
  • Storage, Maintenance, and Transportation
  • Safety Equipment and Clothing


  • Stairway Hazards
  • Stairway Safety Requirements
    • Fixed Stairways
    • Stair Rails
    • Handrails
    • Rise
    • Stairways Used During Construction
    • Stairway Safety Practices and Guidelines


Additional Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

Who must take this training?

Under the provisions of the standards, employers must provide a training program for each employee using ladders and stairways. The program must enable each employee to recognize hazards related to ladders and stairways and to use proper procedures to minimize these hazards.

How often is retraining or recertification required?

OSHA has not specified any time frame for required retraining or recertification for Ladder and Stairway Safety. Since there is no OSHA standard dealing with this specific hazard the OSH Act general duty clause, section 5(a)(1), 29 U.S.C. 654(b)(1) defines the standard which provides that:

(a) Each employer –

(1) shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees.

A recognized hazard is a danger recognized by the employer’s industry or industry in general, by the employer, or by common sense. The general duty clause does not apply if there is an OSHA standard dealing with the hazard, unless the employer knows that the standard does not adequately address the hazard.

What are the governing regulations?

This online course satisfies the OSHA General Industry (29 CFR 1910) and Construction Industry (29 CFR 1926) training requirements for Ladder and Stairway Safety. ANSI and CDC: NIOSH Safety Standards are also covered.

Navigation Strategies

Beginners: Complete the course in order from beginning to end. Once any topic is completed, you will have full access to it at any time for one year after registration, to use as a resource.

Intermediate/Advanced Users: Use the course as a flexible resource tool to find what you need, whenever you need it. Try the assessment tests first, if you get 80%+ you can move to the next level, if you get less than 80% you should complete the lecture. This gives you a pre and post-assessment score, which can be used to track your skills improvements.

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