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Safe Use of Portable Ladders Training 

Ladders and step ladders are still widely in use. Far from being outmoded or old-fashioned, ladders and step ladders offer fast, safe and economical access solutions for thousands of jobs every day.

Proper selection inspection and use are the keys to the safe use of ladders and step ladders, so high quality training is essential for users, supervisors and managers alike.

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.

Ladders can be used for work at height when an assessment of the risk for carrying out a task has shown that using equipment that offers a higher level of fall protection is not justified.

This is because of the low risk and short duration of use, or there are existing workplace features which cannot be altered.

Short duration is not the deciding factor in establishing whether use of a ladder is acceptable – you must have first considered risk.

As a guide, if your task would require staying up a leaning ladder or stepladder for more than 30 minutes at a time, it is recommended you use alternative equipment.

You should only use ladders in situations where they can be used safely, eg where the ladder will be level and stable, and can be secured (where it is reasonably practicable to do so).

Competence can be demonstrated through a combination of training, practical and theoretical knowledge, and experience.

Training should be appropriate for the task, and this includes knowing:

  • How to assess the risks of using a ladder for a particular task
  • When it is right to use a ladder (and when it is not)
  • Which type of ladder to use and how to use it

As one of the UK's leading ladder training specialists, we offer the following ladder and step ladder courses:

  1. Safe Use of Portable Ladders Training - For Users  1/2 day course
  2. Ladder and Step Ladder Inspection 1/2 day Course 
  3. Safe Use of Portable Ladders Training - For Users plus inspection  1 day Course 
  4. Fixed Ladder Courses - please contact us directly for details 
  5. Bespoke Ladder and Step Ladder Courses - please contact us directly for details 
  6. Online Training - please contact us directly for details 

We provide  training courses across London, Essex, Kent the West Midlands and the rest of the UK. If you would like any more information, please do not hesitate to contact us on