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Ladders & Stepladders for Managers

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Ladders & Stepladders for Managers


Course Title

Ladders & Stepladders for Managers

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Duration 1 day
Who will benefit from this course? Any person who has responsibility for overseeing the work of operatives on site ensuring that work is properly planned and organised and that those involved in carrying out the work are competent and properly trained, and that Ladders, Stepladders and Step Stools are correctly inspected and maintained.
Learning Objectives Delegates will:

  • Learn about current legislation, regulations and guidance affecting work at height using Ladders, Stepladders and Step Stools.
  • Understand that they must resource work so it may be completed safely and efficiently.
  • Learn the difference between pre-use and formal inspections.
  • Understand the difference between maintenance and repairs, and who is allowed to carry these out.
  • Learn the correct methods of disposal of equipment.
Method Instructor-led theory session with group exercises.
Assessment Open book assessment with a pass mark of 80%
PPE N/A – theory only so no PPE required
Course content
  • Current Legislation, Regulations & Guidance
  • Managers’ Roles & Responsibilities
  • Risk Assessment / Emergency & Rescue Plans
  • Equipment
  • Site Task Equipment People (the STEP analogy)
  • Storage, Transportation & Maintenance
  • Inspection of Ladders & Stepladders
  • Behavioural Competencies
  • Personal Hazards
Trainer / delegate ratio Maximum of 1:12
Venue requirements A suitable classroom to accommodate 12 delegates for the theory and assessment exercises.
Supporting Documents Ladder Association Code of Practice
Award A Ladder Association certificate and LadderCard will be issued to successful delegates who complete the theory session and assessment exercises, which has a five-year validity period.
Literacy, Fitness & Health Since the safe use of ladders, stepladders and step stools requires that you consult safety notices and read and thoroughly understand the manufacturer’s instruction manual, literacy and language comprehension are important requirements for any user.

Similarly, since the use and use of ladders and stepladders can be physically demanding, users should be physically fit and in good health, and should generally not have problems with eyesight or hearing, heart disease, high blood pressure, epilepsy, fear of heights, vertigo, giddiness, difficulty with balance, impaired limb function, alcohol or drug dependence, including prescribed drugs or psychiatric illness.

You should also consider how the effects of extremes of temperature – heat and cold; lack of nutrition – fasting; and lack of water – dehydration, can impair your ability to work effectively.

If you have any problems with literacy or language comprehension, are pregnant, or have any doubts about your fitness to use ladders, stepladders or step stools, you must bring them to the attention of your employer. This need not preclude you from using ladders, stepladders, or step stools, provided your employer conducts an assessment and is able to put into place adequate measures to take account of any difficulties you may have.

Qualifications & Experience It would be envisaged that delegates will have a good working knowledge of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974.