The warning label is missing from my ladder
“The warning label is missing from my ladder”. In order to conform with the Australian Standard on portable ladders AS/NZS 1892.1:1996 Part 1: Metal, your ladder must have several mandatory markings. These include the name of the Australian manufacturer or Importer, the load rating of the ladder, whether it is intended for domestic or industrial use, and in large lettering DO NOT USE WHERE ELECTRICAL HAZARDS EXIST.
In addition there are relevant warnings for specific ladder types :-
• Extension Ladders must have the working length of the ladder
• Double sided ladders must state that TO BE USED IN THE FULLY OPEN POSITION ONLY
• On Extension or Single ladders a warning against standing any higher than the 3rd top rung
• On an A Frame Stepladder a warning against standing on the 2nd top tread
Additional warnings increases the safety of your ladder. These vary depending on the manufacturer but should basically follow along these lines.
• Inspect your ladder before climbing
• Set all four feet on a firm level surface
• Steps must be level
• One person at a time
• Lock spreader bar before climbing
• Keep steps clean and dry
• Wear slip resistant footwear
• Keep body centred between both side rails
• Do not over reach
• Maintain 3 points of contact
PLATFORM STEPLADDERS additional warnings
• Whilst ascending and descending maintain 3 points of contatct
• Do not use the top rail as a step
• Make sure all nuts & bolts are secure
If your ladder is missing a warning label MAKE SURE you contact the manufacturer or importer to obtain replacements.
NB: Please refer to the relevant WHS manual when working in an Australian Workplace.