L.A Ladder & Step Ladder for Users Course

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Course Overview

If you use ladders and stepladders, this course is for you! You’ll learn when it’s right to use a ladder (and when it’s not), and how to use, store and handle them safely. Our LA Ladder & Step Ladder Users Course delivers a minimum of 4 hours of instruction and is designed to instruct up to a maximum of 8 delegates, providing training for users, supervisors and managers wanting to equip themselves with the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to use ladders and step ladders legally and safely. Written with the guidance from the UK's leading experts on ladder manufacture, maintenance and safety, the Ladder Association scheme addresses all the issues raised by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and, more recently, the Work and Height Regulations 2005.

Under the regulations every person in the chain leading up to, and including, the final user, has a duty of care to both themselves and others to know and understand the practical implications of working safety at height. Demonstration of competence is a key requirement of the new regulations and successful completion of the L.A Ladder and Step Ladder Training Course provides proof of such competence.

This course consists of a training room lecture, DVD presentation, written assessment, practical training and assessment.

This course is aimed at personnel who are or will be responsible for use of Ladders and Step Ladders in the work place. There are no prerequisites required for this course although a working knowledge of ladders is an advantage.

Since the safe use of ladders and step ladders requires that delegates consult safety notices and read and thoroughly understand the manufacturer’s instruction manual, English literacy and language comprehension are important requirements for any ladder user. In addition, delegates should be fit and capable of lifting and carrying ladders and step ladders.

Please note that delegates will be expected to work at height whilst climbing a ladder for the practical, so please ensure delegates are in good health and do not have a fear of heights that may preclude them from taking part in the practical assessment.

Delegates will also require to attend and successfully pass this course in order to progress to the inspection course.

Successful delegates will gain an understanding of current relevant legislation and best practice on a range of ladders and step ladders and be able to carry out a pre-use inspect and most importantly use them safely, in line with current approved methods and manufacturer’s instructions.

At the end of the theory session, delegates will take a short multiple choice test. If delegates successfully pass the test, they will then move onto the practical assessment, where they will have to carry out a fault finding exercise, carry, position and climb a ladder and step ladder.

Successful delegates will receive a certificate and Photo ID card which will be valid for a period of 5 years from the date of the course.

The course agenda includes:

  • Legislation and Regulations affecting Work at Height
  • Requirements for the use of Ladders and Step Ladders under Schedule 6 of the Work at Height Regulations
  • Product standards and classifications for Ladders and Step Ladders in the workplace
  • Hazards affecting the use of Ladders and Step Ladders
  • The need to planning using the S.T.E.P format
    • Site
    • Task
    • Equipment
    • Personnel
  • Operator’s Pre-Use Ladder Inspection
  • Correct Storage and Transport of Ladders

"Very good and down to earth instructor 10/10. Enjoyed the course"
- Alex Blackman

"Course was very informative, excellent instructor, very enjoyable"
- Steward Mann

"The instructor did a very good job, he was able to answer our questions and taught us a lot"
- Graham Sippen

"Very informative and worthwhile course, Thanks"
- Tony Frost

"The instructor was very informative, approachable and made the training enjoyable. Excellent training"
- Suzanna Beer