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Ladders, podiums and steps inspections

Ladders, podiums and steps should be regarded primarily as a means of access. If used in the workplace this should only be for short periods of time and only then if the use of more suitable equipment is not justified because of low risk and/or when the residual risk is adequately controlled. It is generally safer to use work equipment such as tower scaffolds, podium steps, temporary stairs or MEWPs (Mobile Elevating Work Platforms) than ladders.

Ladders, podiums and steps should:

  • Have a system of identifying when ‘unsafe’ or not to be used
  • Be given a unique identification mark or tag
  • Be recorded in a suitable register
  • Have appropriate records of inspection, repairs or maintenance
  • Be checked daily and prior to any use for damage, faults and wear
  • Be inspected by a competent person at periods determined by type, intended use, work conditions, place of use, age and previous use
  • Be stored in suitable areas and conditions

Reference to the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, manufacturer or supplier information and the risk assessments for the work to be completed will give guidance relating to required competent person inspection checks and periods.

Which Scafftag systems can help?

Requirement Relevant products
Conducting a risk assessment The Yellow Book
Completing a pre-work inspection before each use of the equipment and ensuring this is recorded Laddertag
Podium Tag
Nanotag – steps / stools
Microtag – steps/ stools
Safetrak – Ladders, podiums and steps
The Yellow Book
Posters and pocket memos – ladders
Inspecting and maintaining equipment at suitable periods as deemed appropriate by a risk assessment Laddertag
Podium Tag
Nanotag – steps / stools
Microtag – steps/ stools
Safetrak – Ladders, podiums and steps
The Yellow Book
Posters and pocket memos – ladders
Maintaining a record of all inspections Safetrak – Ladders, podiums and steps
The Yellow Book
Ensuring employees are informed if equipment is not safe to use Laddertag
Podium Tag
Nanotag – steps / stools
Microtag – steps/ stools
Safetrak – Ladders, podiums and steps
The Yellow Book
Keeping a register of all ladders Safetrak – Ladders, podiums and steps
The Yellow Book

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Relevant Legislation:

  • Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
  • Construction (Head Protection) Regulations 1989
  • Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
  • Work at Height Regulations 2005
  • Construction Design & Management Regulations 2007
  • BS 1129 (Wooden ladders), BS 2037 (Metal ladders) BSEN 131 1/2 (Wood, Metal & Glass fibre ladders)