This course is aimed at personnel who are or will be responsible for use and formal inspection 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.
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 both a pre-use and formal inspection, create and maintain records 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
- 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
- Operator’s Pre-Use and Step Ladder Inspection
- Correct Storage and Transport of Ladders
This course also aims to provide a nationally recognised inspection quailification for ladders and stepladders enabling users to:
- Accurately record details of ladders
- Identify component parts using industry standard naming conventions
- Thoroughly inspect ladders and stepladders, and identify safety critical faults
- Record your findings in accordance with statutory requirements (as outlined in PUWER ACOPs 163)
- Recommend action to be taken if faults found
"Gained lots of knowledge and appreciated all the useful tips"
- Helen Holman
"The venue, course content and providers were very good and the instructor went above and beyond to ensure understanding"
- David White
"This course is very good, never realised there was so much to know about ladders"
- Daniel Wilson
"Useful information put well across drilled home importance of course"
- Ian West
"Friendly instructor, informative and useful with good refreshments. Taught rules and regs and helped explain fully the do’s and don’ts of using ladders and working at heights"
- John Barker