Ladders & Steps Training Courses

We carry out our training courses both in-house and on-site. They’re designed to give a full and comprehensive understanding to anyone involved with ladders, stepladders and similar access equipment at work, whether using them directly or overseeing their use.

The primary focus of all of our courses is to ensure the safe setup and use of access equipment, which makes them ideal for office staff, maintenance operatives, system fitters, electricians and installation workers.

Course Overview & Objectives:

Our courses here at Browns Safety aim to give our candidates a solid understanding and appreciation of the potential hazards involved in operating ladders and stepladders. As part of this, our instructors educate candidates with the skills necessary to conduct pre-use ladder inspections, including how to recognise each developing hazard, and the best methods for how to deal with them. By the course’s end, each candidate will be fully qualified to set up and personally guarantee a safe working environment.

We Have Three Course Options:

  1. Safe Use & Pre-Use Inspection of Ladders & Steps Course.
  2. Nationally Recognised Accredited Ladders and Steps User Course.
  3. Nationally Recognised Accredited Ladder and Steps Inspector Course.

1. Safe Use & Pre-Use Inspection of Ladders & Steps Course:

This is one of our non-accredited courses here at Browns Ladders. Instead, we’ve formulated this course in-house, with our own expert instructors, making it ideal for any operatives who use ladders and stepladders at work, or engage in work at height for short durations. It starts by providing candidates with a base of understanding regarding the safe use of ladders and stepladders, before going onto expand on the possible hazards, and which measures to take to deal with them safely and successfully.

Specifically, this course aims to equip candidates with the knowledge and skills to carry out pre-use ladder inspections, and to recognise any dangerous or developing faults that might prevent safe use. The course is perfect for office staff, maintenance operatives, system fitters, electricians and installation workers.

User Course Schedule & Content:

  • Introduction
  • Health & Safety
  • Legislation on Ladders & Usage
  • Is the Ladder strong enough?
  • Is the ladder long enough?
  • Is the Ladder safe enough?
  • Reasons for Ladder Inspection
  • Method of Ladder Inspection
  • Ladder Inspection Demonstration
  • Ladders & Steps defects
  • Correct Usage
  • Risk Assessment & User Responsibilities
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Questions & Close

 

2. Nationally Recognised (Accredited) Ladders & Steps User Course:

This is one of our nationally accredited courses by the British Ladder Association – it aims to teach skills which may complement those learned in the Safe Use & Pre-Use Inspections of Ladders & Steps Course (although completing the latter is not necessarily a prerequisite). In this nationally accredited course, instructors will ensure that candidates gain the skills and ability to correctly assess which situations require the use of ladders and stepladders, as well as how to securely set them up and safely use them.

Alongside this, candidates will develop a solid understanding of the potential hazards in the use of access equipment, as well as which measures to use to mitigate these risks. Finally, candidates will be able to demonstrate an excellent working knowledge of the current regulations and standards.

User Course Schedule & Content:

  • Introduction
  • Health & Safety and Code of Practice
  • Current Legislation on Ladders & Usage
  • Is the Ladder strong enough?
  • Is the ladder long enough?
  • Is the Ladder safe enough?
  • Reasons for Ladder Inspection
  • Method of Ladder Inspection
  • Ladder Inspection Demonstration
  • Ladders & Steps defects
  • Correct Usage
  • Risk Assessment & User Responsibilities
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Ladders & Steps Fault finding
  • Test Paper
  • Questions & Close

 

3. Nationally Recognised (Accredited) Ladders & Steps Inspector Course:

This is a nationally recognised course, which has been accredited by the British Ladder Association. It’s geared towards those with a responsibility to inspect, appropriately document and maintain ladders, steps and similar access equipment within their workplace. Candidates will ultimately be able to assess various situations and determine whether access equipment is appropriate for the job at hand. Additionally, they’ll be able to clearly record their findings, and have the skills and confidence to recommend further action on dealing with these faults if necessary.

NB: Candidates for this course must have passed our Nationally Recognised (Accredited) Ladders & Steps User Course (details above) before attending this inspector course.

Delegates will also learn:

  • How to accurately record details of ladders and steps
  • Understand what they need to know about safety law
  • Standards relating to ladders and steps
  • Potential hazards from the use of access equipment
  • Storage and handling

Inspector Course Schedule & Content:

  • Introduction
  • Legal Requirements & Legislation
  • Initial Inspection
  • Asset Register
  • Inspection Procedures
  • Inspection Documentation
  • Manufacturing Techniques
  • Maintenance / Repairs
  • Disposal
  • Theory & Practical Tests
  • Question & Answers
  • Close
What Our Customers Say
Using Browns Safety Services for our ‘Manual Handling’ and ‘Ladders & Steps’ courses at Hever Castle proved to be a excellent choice. I had uber efficient service from Lorretta Tatham in the office and the instructor Phil Markley was very informative and engaging during the courses.
We chose to have the 2 for 1 deal on offer at the time of booking which cut our costs in half. I’ve since had very good feedback from the attendees and on the strength of Phil’s Ladder courses.
Thanks once again to the friendly, efficient service from Browns Safety Services!
Sue Bresnahan, Hever Castle

FAQ's

How will I be assessed?

You’ll be assessed using several formats. Firstly, instructors will deliver a lecture on the given topic – following this, you’ll be tested on the subject matter with a multiple choice exam. Then you’ll progress onto Practical Training, in which your instructor will take you through a full demonstration on the correct setup and use of the relevant equipment – after this, you’ll take a specific assessment on this topic too. This involves fault finding in ladders and steps, as well as the correct carrying and positioning of ladders and stepladders.

NB: For the Accredited Ladders & Steps Inspector Course, the pass mark for these assessments is 80%.

Should I bring anything with me to the course?

We recommend bringing protective footwear and suitable clothing for the practical session, to minimise the risk of injury. That means no converses or similar, and clothes shouldn’t be restrictive by limiting your range or speed of movement. Also, no bracelets or jewellery that might catch on anything. Finally, it’s wise to bear in mind weather conditions!

Do I need to have previous experience?

For our non-accredited Safe Use & Pre-Use Inspection Of Ladders & Steps Course, and our Accredited Ladders & Steps User Course: previous experience is not mandatory, but it’s always helpful to have a working knowledge of ladders and steps to form the basis of your understanding. However, it is important for you to be physically fit and able enough to carry out practical activities during the course.

However, for our Accredited Ladders & Steps Inspector Course, you will need to hold a valid Accredited Ladders & Steps User’s Certificate and Photocard ID to attend this course. Once again, you will also need to make sure that you’re physically fit and able enough to perform the practical tasks you’ll be assigned during the course.

Will I get a certificate on completion of the course?

Yes. All successful candidates will get a certificate on completion of the course. The length of their validity depends on whether or not the course is accredited.

For the non-accredited Safe Use & Pre-Use Inspection Of Ladders & Steps Course:

You will receive a certificate of training which will last for three years.

For both accredited Ladders & Steps courses:

Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a certificate and photocard ID which will both remain valid for 5 years.

How long does the course last?

This is a Half-Day course, which means it will last no longer than 4 hours. This gives you the option of pairing it with another of our Half-Day Courses, so you can get the maximum benefit of our expertise in a single working day.

Amongst the other available Half-Day courses are:

  • Abrasive Wheels
  • Manual Handling
  • Harnesses and Lanyards
  • Work at Heights

How many candidates can you train in a single session?

For our non-accredited course (Safe Use & Pre-Use Inspection of Ladders & Steps), we can take a maximum of 12 candidates in a single session.

Meanwhile, for both of our accredited courses, we can take a maximum of 8 candidates at a time.

Where is the course held?

There are several options, depending on which is most preferable to you: candidates can attend our approved training centre, or we can carry out the training on-site at your premises. You can contact us to book your place on either by calling 01282 615517. Whatever the case, we can assure you that your operatives will receive the absolute highest standard of training.

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