FAQs answered by Derick Plowden How often do walking-working- surfaces need to be inspected?
OSHA requires that inspections of ALL walking-working surfaces be done “regularly” and “as necessary” to ensure that they are in safe condition for employee use. This means that an employer must have some type of schedule, formal or informal, for inspecting walking-working surfaces that is adequate enough to identify hazards. Do walking-working surface inspections need to be documented?
No. Documentation is not required for walking-working surface inspections, but it would be considered a best practice to ensure that they are being done at the required frequency. In general, documentation serves as a record of the company’s compliance with applicable regulations, helps identify trends, aids in post-accident investigation, and allows a company to trace it’s history of a hazard(s). Do aisles and walkways need to be marked?
OSHA’s rule for access and egress under Subpart D is performance based. It requires that employers provide and ensure each employee uses a safe means of access and egress to and from walking-working surfaces in their workplace. Although OSHA removed the language to mark aisles and walkways, the Agency says that one way of meeting their requirement is by permanently marking aisles, walkways, and paths. Employers can also use cones, barriers, chains, etc. When must an offset passage be used at the top of a fixed ladder?
An offset passage may be used in lieu of a self-closing gate. It must prevent a person from walking directly into the opening of a hole. In other words, there cannot be a direct entrance/passage to the opening at the top of the fixed ladder. Essentially, the worker would not be able to directly access the ladder opening without walking around the inside railing that is offset from the outside railing, thus affording the worker an adequate protective barrier.
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