ladder safety online learning

Ladder Safety – Online Learning

This Ladder Safety Online Learning Course will help learners establish the importance of the safe use of ladders. With this e-learning course:

  • Recognise appropriate situations when ladders should be used for elevated tasks, considering factors like height and accessibility
  • Describe responsibilities relating to ladder safety
  • Establish what the law requires regarding ladder safety
  • Know how to carry out risk assessments for ladders
  • Identifying the Personal Protective Equipment that should be used with ladders
  • Establish effective practices for using ladders safely
  • Identify the best practices for storing, maintaining and inspecting ladders

Course Introduction

Falls from a height accounted for 26% of all fatal injuries to workers over the last five years and a significant amount of these involved ladders and stepladders. Ladder incidents also account for a substantial number of non-fatal accidents.

To use a ladder, you need to be competent. A competent person is one who has sufficient skills, knowledge and experience to perform the task, or, if they are being trained, that they work under the supervision of somebody competent to do it.

If you are an employer, or you control work at height; for example, if you are a contractor or a factory owner, the work at height regulations apply to you. Working at height laws include ladder use and it is your responsibility to ensure that work is properly planned, supervised and carried out by competent people. This makes ladder safety training a key requirement.

This Ladder Safety e-learning course provides learners with all the information they need to effectively use ladders and help to ensure they avoid injury to themselves or others.

Course Content

Module 1 - Introduction to Ladder Safety
  • Establish why ladder safety is important
  • Review the four areas that are responsible for the majority of accidents involving ladders
  • Understand what ‘competent’ means in terms of a ladder user
  • Review an employer’s responsibility towards ladder safety
  • Review what employees must do in terms of ladder safety.
Module 2 - Legal Responsibilities
  • Explore some of the regulations which apply to working with ladders
  • Identify the role of the HSE
  • Review examples from the 10 requirements for ladders
  • Follow a case study example of an accident which would need to be reported
  • Identify what the terms, ‘undesired circumstances’ and ‘dangerous occurrences’ mean in the context of health and safety
  • Establish why all accidents should be recorded.
Module 3 - Risk Assessment
  • Review the four steps in a risk assessment
  • Explore examples of factors which can increase risks when using a ladder
  • Identify the process of; avoid, prevent and minimise
  • Understand who can carry out a risk assessment
  • Define what responsibilities workers have with respect to risk assessments.
Module 4 - Using Ladders Safely
  • Describe the different types of ladders that are in common use
  • Review how ladders are classified and the different uses (Industrial, Commercial, Trade and Domestic.)
  • Establish when you should check a ladder
  • Define how to safely place, erect (including extension ladders), secure, ascend and descend a ladder
  • Know how to use a ladder safely
  • Note different checks and precautions that are relevant to step ladders
  • Review precautions that could be taken to minimise the harm from a fall
  • Identify the PPE that could be used while working on a ladder
  • Establish what consideration should be taken when wearing PPE and working on a ladder (e.g. protective gloves should not impede dexterity).
Module 5 - Inspection, Maintenance and Storage
  • Understand what checks should be carried out to make sure a ladder is safe
  • Explore why it is important to handle ladders carefully and what should happen if one is damaged or impacted
  • Establish how ladders should be stored
  • State what should happen to a ladder if it is damaged.
Module 6 – Assessment and CPD certificate
  • A chance to test your knowledge of the topic with scoring
  • The e-learning course comes with free CPD certificates for the learners including RoSPA Qualifications – Assured logo


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