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October 1, 1991
Ms. Margaret L. Rothschild
Scaffolding, Shoring & Forming Institute, Inc.
1230 Keith Building
Cleveland, Ohio 44115-2180
Dear Ms. Rothschild:
This is in response to your letter of May 30, 1991, in which you request a clarification of the scope of 29 CFR Part 1926, Subpart X-Stairways and Ladders as it applies to ladders used with scaffolds. We apologize for the delay in responding to your inquiry.
Subpart X does not apply to ladders which are specifically manufactured for scaffold access and egress. However, Subpart X does apply to job-made and manufactured portable ladders which are intended for general purpose use and which are then used for scaffold access and egress.
Examples of general purpose ladders are those manufactured to meet the following American National Standards Institute (ANSI) publications: ANSI A14.1 (portable wood ladders), ANSI A14.2 (portable metal ladders), ANSI A14.4 (job-made ladders) and ANSI A14.5 (portable reinforced plastic ladders).
If we may be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact either Mr. Roy F. Gurnham or Mr. Dale Cavanaugh at (202) 523-8136.
Patricia K. Clark, Director
Directorate of Compliance Programs