NC State University’s goal is to minimize exposure to fall hazards and injuries resulting from falls.

This is an encompassing program that covers all aspects of fall hazard recognition and prevention. It includes recognizing hazards, fall hazard assessments, fall prevention, fall protection, engineering and administrative controls, and personal fall protective equipment.

Employees who may be exposed to serious injury from falls include those who work at elevation (4 ft or higher), use ladders, scaffolds, elevating equipment, or personal fall protection systems, who work on sloped, uneven, unstable, or slippery walking or working surfaces or work where there are slipping or tripping hazards.

For additional information, email Occupational Safety, call 919-515-7915, or refer to:

Ladder Safety 

Almost everyone uses ladders or stepstools. And misuse can lead to serious injuries or death. Ladder users must inspect ladders daily, use ladders properly, and complete the required training.

Mobile Elevated Work Platforms  (MEWPs)

This program covers OSHA and ANSI requirements for safe use of elevated work platforms including aerial lifts, scissor lifts, boom trucks, and cherry pickers, including hazard assessments and training.

Roof Access Controls 

NC State controls access to rooftop fall hazards through a keyed access system. Before accessing any campus rooftop by any means, including by ladder, employees and students must: 

    • complete required training,
    • conduct a fall exposure hazard assessment, and
    • demonstrate their ability to comply with applicable requirements, including wearing PPE and attaching to a designated anchorage, before accessing rooftops. 

For additional information, email Occupational Safety, 919-515-7915.

Scaffold Safety 

A scaffold is any temporary elevated platform (supported or suspended) and its supporting structure (including anchorage points) used for supporting employees, materials, or both.

Powered and unpowered mobile scaffolds are addressed under Mobile Elevated Work Platforms.

For additional information, email Occupational Safety, call 919-515-7915, or refer to 29CFR1926, Subpart L of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)


Aerial and Scissor Lift Safety – EHPS-OS411 -REQUIRED is a 30-minute online awareness level training course for occupants of Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (MEWPs). It describes various types of lifts, their capabilities and limitations, and hazards associated with use. 

It is RECOMMENDED as an introductory prerequisite for lift operators and their supervisors. It is REQUIRED for those who ride in elevated lifts operated by others.  

MEWP Operator & Qualified Person Training (In Progress) -REQUIRED This course consists of two parts:

Part 1 is a lecture course covering hazard recognition and awareness, work area risk assessments, safe use and rescue planning, MEWP components, features, characteristics, MEWP inspection and maintenance, and other topics.

Part 2 is a hands-on session covering familiarization with the MEWP, identification of major components, controls, labels and placards, conducting pre-start inspection and pre-start risk assessment, and other topics. 

Operators must have completed training on Fall Prevention – EHPS-OS302, before starting Part 2 of the MEWP Operator & Qualified Person Training.

Fall Prevention – EHPS-OS302 -REQUIREDThis is an instructor-led course on fall hazard recognition, fall prevention, and fall protection. This course is required for anyone exposed to a fall hazard greater than four feet, uses a Mobile Elevated Work Platform or ladder safety system, or who is required to wear personal protective equipment for fall hazards.

Ladder Safety Awareness – EHPS-OS408 -REQUIRED is a 20-minute online training course for ladder users. It describes various types of ladders and the requirements for their use. It also addresses common ladder hazards and provides guidance on inspections and use.

Scaffold Safety – EHPS-OS414 -RECOMMENDEDis a 40-minute online training course for scaffold users and provides guidance on identifying various types of scaffolds and associated hazards. It describes requirements for those who erect and dismantle scaffolds. And it teaches the user how to recognize elements of proper scaffold design, construction, and assembly. This course is recommended for those who use scaffolding erected by others. 

This course does not teach you how to erect or dismantle scaffolds. It does not qualify the trainee as a competent person.

Slips, Trips, and Falls – EHPS-OS300 -RECOMMENDEDis a 15-minute online training course that provides a general awareness of recognizing and correcting slip, trip, and fall hazards. The course discusses safety requirements for stairs, catwalks, and other elevated walking and working surfaces and offers guidance for recognizing behaviors that could lead to falls. This course is recommended for all university employees and students.