The HSE has compiled the most common work-at-height myths, which have entered the industry via confusing messages or miscommunication by many organisations that may have their own preferences and site rules.
Myth 2 of 4: You Need to be formally ‘Qualified’ Before Using a Ladder at Work
No, you do not. You need to be competent. This means having the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to use a ladder properly for the work you will carry out, or, if you are being trained, you work under the supervision of somebody who can perform the task competently. Training often takes place on the job and does not always have to take place in a classroom. What matters is that an individual can apply what they have learned in the workplace.
The key word from the HSE there is ‘competent’ – all users who use ladders & steps regularly need to be a competent to do so, and this competency can be demonstrated by attending a Ladder Association accredited course at our Cardiff training centre, or at your UK based site.
Get in touch with the team today to attend a training course at TB Davies, where we will go through the latest industry accepted best practices to keep your team safe when working at height. By successfully completing the course, candidates will be provided with certification and a Laddercard to demonstrate competence on site, with the credentials being valid for five years from the date of training.