Subpart D. Walking Working. Surfaces. 1910.21-30. Trainer Tips. This subpart is long, a comprehensive review will require a minimum of two hours of class time Choose the applicable sections to cover based on the work environment(s) of the students
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Stairways and stair platforms - Railings
*Average number of Federal OSHA citations issued
between 2000 and 2003
kept clear and in good repairs
to fall through
W x H
over wiring pit opening
09/16/1983 - Clarification of our railing requirements in 29 CFR 1910.23(e)
1. Existing guardrailing shall consist of a top rail, intermediate rail, and posts, or equivalent, and shall have a minimum vertical height of 36 inches to 44 inches from the upper surface of the top rail to the floor, platform, runway or ramp level.
2. Guardrailings with heights greater than 44 inches are permissible provided the extra height does not create a dangerous situation for employees. Openings beneath the top rail that would permit the passage of a 19 inch or larger spherical object would create an unsafe condition, therefore, additional mid-rails may be necessary
30" - 34"
A stair railing shall be not more than 34 inches nor less than 30 inches from upper surface of top rail to surface of tread in line with face of riser at forward edge of tread.
7 feet minimum
Length of Ladder Feet of Overlap
Up to 36 feet
Over 36 but less than 48
Over 48 up to 60