Ladder - Safe Use of Ladders - Training Plus - Health & Safety Courses
£95pp Half Day Training Course Approved Supplier Certificate

Course Summary

The Safe Use of Ladders course provides successful delegates with a Training Plus certificate of competence enabling them to safely use ladders.

Safe Use of Ladders

On completing the Safe Use of Ladders Course , you will be competent to:
  •     Assess and determine when it is appropriate to use ladders & step ladders
  •     Correctly locate and safely use ladders & step ladders
  •     Carry out the pre-use inspection of ladders & step ladders for damage (Pre-use checks only)
  •     Accurately record details of ladders & step ladders (Covers how to record the details and looking for the information required i.e. – type of ladders and is it appropriate in the workplace – does it meet the standard specifications)
  •     Thoroughly inspect ladders & step ladders and identify safety critical faults. (Pre-use checks only)
  •     Recommend action to be taken if faults found.
And you will have an understanding of:
  •     Legislation & regulations affecting work at height.
  •     Product standards & classifications for ladders & step ladders.
  •     Hazards affecting the use of ladders & step ladders.
  •     The difference between pre-use and formal inspections.
  •     The difference between maintenance & repairs and who is allowed to do them. (isolate, tag & report to the appropriate person)
  •     The correct methods of disposal of equipment at the end of it’s working life.

You will receive an approved supplier certificate after successful completion of the course.

Who is it for?

This course is aimed at anyone who wish to understand and put into practice the safe use of ladders.

You will need

This is a classroom based course and does not require PPE

Your skill level

No previous experience is needed to attend this course.


Do I pay for my training in advance?

Yes you do, you can pay online when you book your course, or call 0845 872 3411 and pay with a credit card over the phone. Customers with credit terms, please call Training Plus to book your course on 0845 872 3411.

Can I rest a ladder against a window?

Window cleaners ladders with special rubber pads at the top of the ladder are the only ladders you should put up against a window. If you don’t have a window cleaners ladder, buy some Ladder Pads. However, you need to take care as your window may not take the combined weight of your ladder and you. Always, where possible, rest your ladder against something solid like a brick wall or, maybe, consider using a scaffold tower to give you greater freedom, without having to stretch or lean more than is safe to do so.

Do the Working at Height Regulations (WAHR) apply to DIY users?

No, the Working at Height Regulations (WAHR) only apply to industrial and trade users. However, the regulations do provide good practice that DIYers can follow, e.g., using ladder stand-offs and LadderMats to make your ladder more secure.

How far can I extend my double or triple extension ladder?

There should always be a minimum 3-rung overlap between sections for safety reasons.

How do I stop a ladder from slipping?

The safest way still is to get someone to “foot” the ladder. However, if this is not practical, there is a huge range of safety mats such as the LadderMat or Ladder Stopper available. These mats give excellent grip on a range of surfaces, both level and uneven.