Steps and Ladders training course

Duration

Minimum of a half day 

Maximum number of candidates = 10 

Aim 

To instruct a candidate to understand the risks and legal implications of working with ladders and the practical measures that should be employed to control them. The training will cover every aspect of working at height with the use of a steps and ladders with the Work at Height Regulations 2005 applying to all work where there is a risk of a fall that could cause personal injury. 

Objectives 

At the end of the course the candidate will: 

  • Understand the relevant health and safety regulations, guidance and standards. 
  • Be able to select, assess and determine when it’s appropriate to use a ladder or stepladder 
  • Correctly locate and safely use steps and ladders.
  • Be able to handle and store ladders and stepladders in a suitable place.

 

Theory 

What the candidate should know:  

  • Relevant legislation including HSWA, WAH, PUWER, PPE, CE marking and EN standards.  
  • Understand hazard analysis and risk assessment.  
  • Planning – weather conditions, fragile surfaces etc. 
  • Steps and ladder classifications. 

Course structure 

Introduction 
Facilities, objectives, health and fitness statement.  

Legislation, standards and guidance 
HSWA, MHSWR, PUWER, WAHR, PPE, CE Markings, BLMA.. 

Protection measures 
Safe work at height, avoidance, collective measures, PPE 

Access 
Steps and Ladders.  

Selection 
Type and use – ladders, steps, trestles  
Material – aluminium, wood, fibreglass.. 

Inspections, pre-use checks and maintaining records 
Inspections, examinations, traceability, effect from damage, Inspection Records, tags. frequency. 

Handling and Usage  
Manual handling techniques, stability factors, positioning, extension ladders, securing.

Risk assessment 
Storage, Isolation, Authorisation. 

Course assessment

Individual written tests with explanation of pass requirements. 

Individual practical assessments with explanation of pass requirements. 

Failure means applicant will have to re-sit the course on another day.

 A certificate of training will be issued for candidates.