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Q: How do I become a member of the American Ladder Institute?
A: Membership is currently made up ladder manufacturers and suppliers to the industry.  However, the membership categories have been expanded to offer opportunities to a variety of companies and organizations that support the industry. Companies and organizations meeting the requirements of membership are invited to submit an application through a website link. The application is reviewed by the Board of Directors at the next ALI Conference and a determination is made at the time on approval of the applicant. 

Potential members must be involved in the ladder distribution industry and satisfy ALI membership requirements for the category to which they are applying. Following are the membership categories:  

Regular (Manufacturer) Member

To be eligible for Regular membership in the ALI, an applicant must be a manufacturer of ladders or step stools with business operations located in the United States, Canada or Mexico. The term “ladder” as used herein shall include planks, stages, platforms, swing stages, ladders, scaffolds and step stools as are typically used in trade terms.

International Manufacturer Member

To be eligible for Regular membership in the ALI, an applicant must be a manufacturer of ladders or step stools with business operations located in the United States, Canada or Mexico. The term “ladder” as used herein shall include planks, stages, platforms, swing stages, ladders, scaffolds and step stools as are typically used in trade terms.

Affiliate Member

An applicant must not qualify as a Manufacturer or Associate member, must be engaged in business for profit in the United States, Canada, or Mexico, and must provide services to the ladder industry including, but not limited to, insurance services, and ladder distribution services.

Alliance Member or Organization

An applicant must not qualify as a Manufacturer, Associate, or Affiliate member, must be located in the United States, Canada, or Mexico, and must provide a rational and clearly expressed reason for wishing to become aligned with ALI (for example to become an ally with ALI in the perpetuation of ladder safety).  Businesses or organizations that may request Alliance membership include, but are not limited to:

·         Trade, labor, and technical associations

·         Safety Organizations

·         Major ladder users (construction companies, chemical companies, etc.)

·         Ladder retailers

International Alliance Member

An applicant must not qualify for any other membership class, must not be a manufacturer of ladders, and must provide a rational and clearly expressed reason for wanting to be associated with ALI.  Businesses or organizations that may request International Alliance Membership in ALI include, but are not limited to:

·         International safety organizations

·         International ladder distributors

Associate

To be eligible for Associate membership in ALI, an applicant must not qualify as a Regular Member, must be engaged in for-profit business within the United States and must supply materials or ladder accessories to the ladder industry. 

 

Q: How do I become involved with the American Ladder Institute without becoming a member?
A: Interest in ladder safety by companies who are not directly involved in the ladder distribution industry is greatly appreciated by the American Ladder Institute. ALI welcomes you to become involved in their online community by connecting on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn; become a sponsor and participate in National Ladder Safety Month
https://www.laddersafetymonth.com/; and utilize and promote ALI’s free online Ladder Safety Training program https://laddersafetytraining.org/

Q: Who creates the A14 Standards?
A:
ALI is the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved developer of safety standards for the ladder industry. Standards are technical specifications, which prescribe rules governing the safe construction, design, testing, care and use of various types of ladders. Standards are developed on a 5-year renewal cycle; Subcommittees exist for each standard, which are comprised of industry experts. Conformance to ALI standards is voluntary; ALI does not approve or endorse any product.

For more information on the relationship between the ANSI A14 Committee, A14 Subcommittees and the American Ladder Institute, please visit the section of our website labeled ‘ANSI A14 Committee’ https://www.americanladderinstitute.org/page/ALI_Standards.

Q: Do I need to be a member of the American Ladder Institute to be on the A14 Committee or an A14 Subcommittee?
A: All subject experts from the various areas of the ladder distribution field are welcome to apply to join the A14 Committee and/or an A14 Subcommittee. All applications are reviewed by the Secretariat and A14 Committee and are subject to a vote of approval by the A14 Committee.  Complete an application today.

Q:How do I purchase a current version of the  Ladder Standards?
A: Ladder standards may be purchased from the 
American Ladder Institute in downloadable PDF format.  For printed versions and subscription licensing services contact American National Standards Institute, IHS Global, or Thomson Reuters - Techstreet.

Q: How do I purchase a previous version of the Ladder Standards?
A: Previous ladder standards are available for electronic purchase for 275 USD. The American Ladder Institute directly sells previous versions of standards.

Contact info@americanladderinstitute.org or 312.321.6806 to arrange purchase.

Q: Where do I submit a comment or question on an A14 Standard?
A: Inquiries regarding the content of an A14 ladder safety standard should be submitted on the
Submit Comment/Question Form. Please review all terms and conditions listed before submitting the form. Inquiries made by phone will be directed to the website for an official submission.

Q: Do ANSI standards comply with OSHA standards?
A: Ladders that are built in compliance with ANSI A14 standards are compliant with and accepted by OSHA. Inquiries regarding OSHA documentation and standards should be directed to OSHA via www.osha.gov.  

Q: Does the American Ladder Institute retain data on ladders sold and materials used?
A: Neither the American Ladder Institute or the American National Standards Institute track individual sales of products that are sold in the United States.

 


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