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Ladder Safety


The HSE states.

Ladders and stepladders are not banned under health and safety law.

The law calls for a sensible, proportionate approach to managing risk, and ladders can be a sensible and practical option for low-risk, short-duration tasks, although they should not automatically be your first choice.

There are simple, sensible precautions you should take to stay safe when using portable leaning ladders and stepladders in the workplace.

Make sure that you use the right type of ladder and that you know how to use it safely.

One in three reported accidents involve a ladder so their safe use is very important.

In this Ladder safety course, you will learn about the checks you should make before using a ladder, how to minimise the risks when using a ladder, and how to maintain and store them correctly. This will enable you to identify if a ladder is a right equipment for the job, select the correct type of ladder and reduce the risks to the health and safety of you and others when ladders are being used.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you will have learned about:

  • Selecting the correct ladder
  • Ladder safety checks
  • Moving and setting up and using ladders safely
  • Keeping ladders in good working order
  • Storing ladders

*This course is not CPD accredited