Wayne’s Service Tips – Clothing and Ladder Safety
Last month I discussed the importance of using power and hand tools safely. As a continuation of this topic, below are safety points in proper working attire, protective clothing and proper use of ladders.
ATTIRE & PROTECTIVE CLOTHING
- Form Fitting Pants should be worn at all times—No Baggies.
- Straight leg paints – no bell bottoms
- Shirts with short or long sleeves at all times—No muscle shirts or working shirtless.
- Jewelry should not be worn.
- Hard Hats when the job site requires it.
- Steel Toed work boots when the job site requires it.
- Use Safety Glasses whenever cutting sheet metal, cleaning air-ducts, or removing or installing grills & registers.
- Use Safety Goggles whenever working with any chemicals.
- Protective full body suits whenever inside ductwork
- Gloves should be worn whenever cutting sheet metal.
- Rubber Chemical gloves should be worn when working with corrosive or hazardous chemicals.
- When working in attics, crawl spaces or floor vents, knee pads are important.
LADDER & STEPLADDER SAFETY
- Never use a damaged ladder.
- Never climb beyond the 3rd rung from the top of an extension ladder or beyond the 3rd step of a stepladder.
- Ladders & Stepladders should always be placed on level, stable surfaces. Don’t put a ladder on a piece of furniture, desk, etc. to lengthen your reach.
- Extension Ladders must extend at least 3 feet above the landing area.
- Nothing should ever be carried up a ladder—use a hand line to hall items up & down.
- The base of the ladder should be set out about 1/4 the working length of a ladder.
- Ladder steps and rungs must be kept free of debris and oils.
- Stepladders should never be used as straight ladders.
- The backside of a stepladder should never be used for climbing.
- Some job/construction sites may have very specific guidelines for ladders and stepladders, check with the site safety officer for details.
- Ladders should never be used beyond the weight loads they are designed for.
- At least one hand must be on the ladder at all times when climbing.
- You must always face the ladder when ascending or descending.
- Tools should never be left on any step of a stepladder unless secured in some way.
- Stepladders are not meant to be used gaining access to a roof.
- Extension ladders must be tied off on the roof top to a solid anchor (i.e. railings, a sewer exhaust pipe, brick chimney, etc.
The above safety tips are meant to be a guideline for general workplace safety and do not include all OSHA Safety requirements. Please consult appropriate OSHA standards for any specific requirements.