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Regulations (Standards - 29 CFR) - Table of Contents
• Part Number: 1918
• Part Title: Safety and Health Regulations for Longshoring
• Subpart: C
• Subpart Title: Gangways and Other Means of Access
• Standard Number: 1918.21
• Title: General requirements.
• GPO Source: e-CFR


The employer shall not permit employees to board or leave any vessel, except a barge or river towboat, until all of the applicable requirements of this subpart have been met.


If possible, the vessel's means of access shall be located so that suspended loads do not pass over it. In any event, suspended loads shall not be passed over the means of access while employees or others are on it.



When the upper end of the means of access rests on or is flush with the top of the bulwark, substantial steps, properly secured, trimmed and equipped with at least one substantial handrail, 33 inches (.84 m) in height, shall be provided between the top of the bulwark and the deck.


The means of access shall be illuminated for its full length in accordance with 1918.92.(2)

*Footnote(2) 1918.92 requires, along with other requirements, an average light intensity of five foot-candles (54 lux).

[62 FR 40141, July 25, 1997]

Next Standard (1918.22)

Regulations (Standards - 29 CFR) - Table of Contents

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