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The Importance — and Necessity — of Using Current Technical Standards

Monday, October 28, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Sydney Scarbrough

Staying up-to-date on the latest technical standards for the equipment used by your employees is imperative for workplace safety. Across industries, injuries are far too common and, unfortunately, fatalities do occur. While purchasing updated standards does come at a cost, in the long-term, ignoring the guidelines in these standards not only costs you money in worker’s compensation, higher insurance and potential lawsuits, but also implies a disregard for employee safety that can (and should) deter top talent and turn away future customers.

As the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved developer of safety standards for the ladder industry, American Ladder Institute (ALI) reviews and updates the A14 Standards on ladder safety every 5 years. The Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) A14 assumes the responsibility for developing the Standards, which govern design, construction, testing, selection, care, and safe use of ladders. Nine standards are currently in publication by the A14 Committee, and sold to manufacturers, contractors, governmental agencies and those in the legal profession. Subcommittees are in place for each standard and are comprised of subject matter experts. Standards are reviewed, revised, re-approved, discarded, or added as part of a 5-year cycle.

Why are the Standards reviewed and updated so often?

The industry is constantly evolving, and the standards on which we govern safety need to evolve as well. Re-evaluating standards on a 5-year cycle ensures that each one is not outdated, no longer applicable or simply obsolete, and promotes discussion on the implementation of new standards that are applicable. Using standards that fall into the categories of outdated, irrelevant or obsolete is not only an ineffective way to operate, but also more importantly, puts lives at risk. Making sure your company uses the most up-to-date standards is crucial to ensuring the safety of employees and customers.


ALI offers these standards for purchase:

Be sure to check the standards you are currently using and verify that they are the latest version. Don’t forget to regularly check the standards listings to see if updated versions are available, and discard outdated copies.

Learn more about the ANSI ASC A14 Ladder Safety standards, and how to purchase them, by clicking the respective hyperlinks above, or by visiting:

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