Environmental Health and Safety
When climbing, use a step stool or stepladder designed for the purpose.
- Characteristics of a safe step stool or stepladder:
- The steps are deep enough to fit the length of your feet.
- The surface of each step is non-skid.
- The edge of each step is marked with a contrasting color.
- There are side "hand" rails which extend above the last step and around to the front.
- The base is wider than the top to prevent tipping.
- The legs are sturdy and are fitted with rubber tips.
- When using a step stool or stepladder:
- Look for the label to ensure it is strong enough to hold your body weight.
- Make sure it is the correct height. You should not be leaning forward.
- Place firmly on an even surface, free from clutter.
- Lock it into place.
- Climb facing the steps.
- Never stand on the top step.
- Do not lean forward or stretch.
- Only reach for items that are directly in front of you.
- Do not wear high heels when climbing.
If you have any questions or need assistance with step stool or stepladder safety, call Environmental Health and Safety at 372-2171.