Safety First at Work! Self-Inspection Checklist

Stairs Requirements

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Date Inspected _____________ Date Completed _____________

Checklist Needs to be Addressed Yes N/A

Are stairways with four or more stairs equipped with standard stair rails or handrails?

Are all stairways at least 22 inches wide?
Do the stairs have landing platforms no less than 30 inches in the direction of travel?
Do the stairs extend 22 inches in width at every 12 feet?
Do the stairs angle no more than 50 and no less than 30 degrees?      
Are stairs with hollow-pan type treads and landings filled to the top edge of the pan with solid material?        

Are step risers on stairs uniform from top to bottom?


Are steps on stairs and stairways designed or provided with a surface that makes them slip resistant?


Are stairway handrails located between 30-34 inches above the leading edge of stair treads?


Do the stairway handrails have at least 3 inches of clearance between the rails and the wall or surface they are mounted to?


When a door or gate opens directly on a stairway, is there at least a 21 inch platform provided even when the door or gate is swung open?


Are the stairway handrails able to withstand a load of 200 pounds, applied within 2 inches of the top edge, in any downward or outward direction?


If the stairs exit directly into an area where vehicles are operated, are appropriate barriers and warnings provided to prevent people from stepping into the path of traffic?


Are the stairway landings at least equal to the width of the stairway in the direction of travel?


Is the vertical distance between stairway landings limited to 12 feet or less?


This Stairs Requirement Checklist is NOT all-inclusive. You should add to it or skip parts that are not applicable to your company.  Carefully consider each item, and refer to OSHA standards for complete and specific guidelines that may apply to your safety first at work policy. This list is typical for general industry, not construction or maritime.

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