Stairways and Ladders

Ladder accidents are a major source of injuries and fatalities on construction sites, which is why OSHA ladder safety training is mandatory for all construction workers. Ladder safety violations are a frequent source of OSHA citations, which is why regular refreshers are a good idea.

Our online ladder safety training covers OSHA's Stairways and Ladders standard. It's designed to meet the construction ladder safety training requirements of §1926 Subpart X, which means you'll learn how to recognize hazards related to stairways and ladders, prevent them from occurring, and minimize the danger on your worksite.

After you pass the final exam, you'll receive a ladder certificate of completion that your employer can use as a record of ladder safety training compliance.

Course Outline

By the end of this course, you will:

  • Understand the OSHA standards related to stairways and ladders.
  • Identify ladder hazards and the major causes for ladder-associated injuries in construction.
  • Be familiar with the safety requirements for ladder design, construction, use, and maintenance.
  • Know how to select the appropriate ladder for a specific job task.
  • Understand how to set up and use a ladder safely.
  • Be able to inspect a ladder for signs of wear, damage, or improper maintenance.

Who Is This Course For?

Construction Workers that need a ladder certificate

Why Are Customers Taking the Course?

Meet OSHA training requirements (§1926 Subpart X)

Course Credit

1 hour


Is OSHA Ladder Safety Training Required?

Yes – under §1926.1060, OSHA spells out the ladder safety training requirements related to §1926 Subpart X. Employers must provide a training program for each employee on recognizing and minimizing ladder and stairway hazards, and retraining must be provided to each employee as necessary to maintain compliance.s

Does This Course Discuss Anything Beyond Ladder Safety?

Yes. Aside from ladders, the OSHA Stairways and Ladders standard also covers the general requirements for access between levels on a worksite and the rules for stairways specifically. It covers OSHA stairway safety requirements like riser size, guardrail requirements, and how to adapt certain kinds of permanent stairs to meet the guidelines for "temporary service."

As a result this course can also be considered to be OSHA stairway safety training, but the primary focus is on ladders. 

Where Do I Get Ladder Safety Training if I'm Not a Construction Worker?

OSHA's General Industry standard covers ladder safety under §1910 Subpart D, Walking and Working Surfaces. You should take our Walking and Working Surfaces course instead if you're in manufacturing, warehousing, or other "general industry" jobs.

Stairways and Ladders


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