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    LADDER ASSOCIATION PUBLISH NEW CODE

    Leading ladder trade body code on using ladders sensibly and safely

    The Ladder Association has published a new Code of Practice (40 pages) containing information for ladders users and employers.

    Publication is timed to coincide with the launch of the association’s ‘Don’t be a ladder lightweight’ campaign promoting training. 

    The code covers everything from the Work at Height Regulations and managing risk, to ladder selection, safe use and inspection.

    HSE welcome Ladder Association contribution

    The code is inended to encourage safety and best practice amongst the UK’s estimated two million ladder users. HSE has provided a foreward welcoming the Ladder Association contribution to helping minimise and avoid falls from height.

    A risk assessment template is included covering planning, setting up the job, carrying out the task and inspecting and maintaining ladders.

    Code not intended to replace ladder training

    The document may be used as a stand-alone reference although the Ladder Association says “it is not intended to replace professional ladder training”.

    Ladder Association Chairman, Chris Ball said: “This is a supplementary resource which should serve as a useful reminder to all those delegates who have attended Ladder Association training courses.”

    The Association believes that “training is the key to improving ladder safety and best practice in the workplace and is a significant factor in helping to ensure that ladder users and their managers and supervisors are competent as required by the Work at Height Regulations.”

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