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					SAFE USE OF STEP LADDERS
Is the ladder on a flat, firm surface?

Are the rungs level and secure? Are the braces fully locked and undamaged?

Are the stiles distorted or undamaged?

Are the feet firmly attached and the anti-slip pads present?

Has it been inspected within the last 6 months?

G48 Guidance on ladders, Step ladders and Kick Stools

Strategic Health and Safety Service

SAFE USE OF STEP LADDERS
 The steps are only to be used for light work?  The work will not take longer than 30 minutes?  The steps are long enough to reach the area of work safely?  The steps are strong enough for the work and loads?  The steps are in good condition and free of mud and grease?  The ground conditions are suitable for the steps erection (i.e. firm, level and stable)?  Are you able to carry safely your tools, materials and equipment whilst climbing or descending the steps (normally with one hand free to grip the ladder)?  At the working position, will there normally be 3 points of contact (hands and feet)?  The stability of the steps will not be affected by the weather (i.e. wind, rain, ice, snow)?  The steps will not come in contact with a live power source?  The steps can be positioned close enough to the work to eliminate the need to over-reach?  Are you physically fit and capable of ascending, completing the work and descending in a safe manner?  The steps will not be placed in an uncontrolled traffic route?  The work does not involve side working or it only involves side workings that involve low loading?

G48 Guidance on ladders, Step ladders and Kick Stools

Strategic Health and Safety Service

SAFE USE OF LADDERS

Are the latches locked and secure?

Are the stiles distorted or damaged?

Has it been inspected within the last 6 months? Do you know how to tie the ladder properly? Are the rungs level and secure?

Is the ladder at the correct angle and secured?

Are the anti-slip pants present and not greatly worn?

G48 Guidance on ladders, Step ladders and Kick Stools

Strategic Health and Safety Service

SAFE US OF LADDERS
 The ladder is only to be used for access to light work?  The work will take no longer than 30 minutes?  The ladder is long enough to reach the area of work safely?  The ladder is strong enough for the work and loads?  The ladder is in good condition and free of mud and grease?  The ground conditions are suitable for the ladders erection (i.e. firm, level and stable)?  The ladder will rest on a strong enough upper surface?  Where necessary for stability, the ladder can be tired?  The ladder can be erected at the correct angle?  Are you able to carry safely your tools, materials and equipment whilst climbing or descending the ladder with one hand free to grip the ladder?  At the working position, will there normally be 3 points of contact (hands and feet)?  The stability of the ladder will not be affected by the weather (i.e. wind, rain ice, snow)?  The ladder will not come into contact with a live power source?  The work will not involve over-reaching?  Are you physically fit and capable of ascending, completing the work and descending in a safe manner?  The ladder will not be placed in an uncontrolled vehicle traffic route?  Lone work is avoided?

G48 Guidance on ladders, Step ladders and Kick Stools

Strategic Health and Safety Service

SAFE US OF LOFT LADDERS
Has it been inspected within the last 6 months?

Are the rungs level and secure? Are the stiles distorted or damaged?

Are the anti-slip pants present and not greatly worn?

Are the latches locked and secure?

Is the ladder at the correct angle and secured?
G48 Guidance on ladders, Step ladders and Kick Stools Strategic Health and Safety Service

SAFE USE OF LOFT LADDERS
         The access ladder is long enough to enable safe access to the loft? The ladder is strong enough for the person and loads? The ladder is in good condition and free of mud and grease? The floor surface upon which the ladder will rest is suitable for the ladders erection (i.e. firm, level and stable)? The ladder will rest on a strong enough upper surface? The ladder is secured at the base or at the top where practical or someone else is footing it before it is climbed? The ladder can be erected at the correct angle? Will the persons climbing or descending the ladder have one hand free to grip the ladder whilst carrying tools, material and equipment? Will the arrangements be in place to prevent or warn persons of the risk of collision with the ladder/hanging hatch cover in corridors/pedestrian areas (e.g. warning notices, person posted by ladder base, periods of busy pedestrian activity avoided, etc)? The ladder will not be left unattended? There is adequate illumination to enable persons to see and move about safely (i.e. loft lighting installed or temporary extension lead/light)? The loft space is boarded out or there are adequate walkways or crawling boards available within the lost area? Persons entering the loft space will wear appropriate items of personal protective clothing? In the case of work by contractors, the hazard identification checklist has been completed and the contractor has read the Asbestos Register and signed the Appendix B? Persons entering the loft space have been informed of the whereabouts of Asbestos materials so that their operations will not disturb or damage it and warned of the possibility of uncovering hidden Asbestos that might not be recorded? Intrusive work (i.e. drilling, cutting) will not be undertaken until an assessment has been made as to whether materials contain Asbestos and an Intrusive Work Permit form completed? Wherever practical, trip hazards and protruding nails, etc have been removed? If the work is likely to involve objects or materials (e.g. ceiling panels) falling onto room occupants below, have arrangements been made to evacuate persons from the area? Lone working is to be avoided?

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G48 Guidance on ladders, Step ladders and Kick Stools

Strategic Health and Safety Service

SAFE USE OF KICK STOOLS

Are the levels flat and secure? Are the supports broken or damaged?

Has the antislip surface been over used and is worn?

Is the Kick Stool base flat and wobble free?

G48 Guidance on ladders, Step ladders and Kick Stools

Strategic Health and Safety Service

SAFE USE OF KICK STOOLS
 The stool is the be used for light work (e.g. accessing a file from a shelf)?  The stool id only to be used for a short duration of work?  The stool is long enough to reach the area of work safely?  The stool is strong enough for the work and loads?  The stool is in good condition and is free of mud and grease?  The floor conditions are suitable for the stools use (e.g. firm, level, stable)?  At the working position, are you able you able to place one hand onto a wall or cabinet for support?  The stool can be positioned close enough to the work to eliminate the need to over-reach?  The stool will not be placed in a position where it will obstruct doorways or walkways?  Are you physically fit and capable of ascending, completing the work and descending in a safe manner?  Are you wearing sensible footwear?

G48 Guidance on ladders, Step ladders and Kick Stools

Strategic Health and Safety Service


				
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