An article titled “Improving Relationships” by Kyle W. Morrison in Safety + Health magazine examines the relationship between OSHA Region 9 and federal OSHA, as well as other states. OSHA Region 9 is made up of Hawaii, California, Nevada and Arizona; these states operate their own occupational safety programs. However, following a series of workplace deaths in Nevada, OSHA reported serious problems with the state’s program. A federal review of all state plans was then performed. The results were concerning and prompted working together with other states and federal OSHA to improve workplace safety.
The most cited OSHA standards in Region 9 for 2010 were:
- 1910.1200 Hazard Communication
- 1910.404 Wiring Design and Protection
- 1926.405 Wiring Methods, Components and Equipment for General Use
- 1910.178 Powered Industrial Trucks
- 1926.95 Criteria for Personal Protective Equipment
- 1910.157 Portable Fire Extinguishers
- 1910.37 Maintenance, Safeguards and Operational Features for Exit Routes
- 1910.303 Electrical-General Requirements
- 1910.305 Wiring Methods, Components and Equipment for general Use
- 1926.1053 Ladders
Among the most sited OSHA standards, 1926.1053 Ladders states that “The rungs and steps of fixed metal ladders manufactured after March 15, 1991, shall be corrugated, knurled, dimpled, coated with skid-resistant material, or otherwise treated to minimize slipping”. In order to comply with OSHA’s standard ladder rung covers with an all metal slip resistant surface can be easily welded on top of slippery rungs. This creates a permanent non-slip surface without the cost of replacing rungs. Ladder rungs can also be coated with an all metal slip resistant surface to be installed in new construction. All-metal slip resistant coated products require little maintenance and down-time to install. They also provide a comfortable stepping / climbing surface in comparison to knurled, dimpled or corrugated products. To view ladder rungs and ladder rung covers manufactured by SLIPNOT click here. You can also view case studies from customers who found SLIPNOT ladder rungs and ladder rung covers to be the best solution to their application.
Morrison, Kyle. “Improving relationships”. Safety + Health Magazine. October 2011.