Who can conduct ladder inspections?
Ladder inspections should only be conducted by a competent person trained in ladder safety. They must have the necessary technical expertise, training, and experience in ladder work to be considered a competent person.
The person/people responsible for inspecting a ladder must make sure that the ladder:
- Has no visible defects
- Has an up-to-date record of the detailed visual inspections done in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Is suitable for the intended use (strong and robust enough for the job at hand)
- Has been maintained and stored in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions
How often should ladders be inspected?
There’s no legally set requirements that tells businesses how often they must conduct ladder inspections. However, HSE does provide recommendations for businesses to follow.
For instance, pre-use checks should be conducted on ladders every time they are used. Formal visual inspections should be carried out as often as deemed necessary, based on the ladders use and risk involved.
As a general guideline, inspect ladders:
- Every three months if used daily
- Every six months if used weekly
- Annually if used less than monthly
Should you retain ladder inspection records?
Equally important as inspecting the ladders themselves is keeping hold of visual records proving inspection. Any incident that may affect the safety of a ladder must be recorded, and each inspection should be noted down too. Inspections are a crucial part of your reporting strategy and can be requested by the health and safety officer if an incident were to happen.
But how exactly should this information be recorded?
What steps should be taken after a ladder inspection?
- Tag any defective ladders with ladder inspection tags, and take them out of service
- Clean fibreglass ladders every three months. Spray lightly with a clear lacquer or paste wax
- Protect wooden ladders with a clear sealer or wood preservative
- Replace worn or frayed ropes on extension ladders
- Lubricate pulleys on extension ladders regularly
Are ladder inspection tags a legal requirement?
The Work at Height Regulations 2005 is enforced to place duties on any employer or self-employed person and apply to all work at a height were there are risks of falling that could cause a personal injury. It is now also required by law to have a ladder inspection tag to show that a ladder is safe to use.
What specifications make for a good ladder tag?
To ensure complete safety, it is important to implement durable and long lasting ladder inspection tags. Your ladder tags should be:
- UV resistant
- Freeze resistant
- Available with VARiTAG® unique numbering
- Available with QR codes / barcodes
Improve assessments & safety with ladder inspection tags
At REGALTAGS, we understand the importance of ladder inspections and that reliable, visible checks is an essential part in keeping both employees and your organisation safe.
That’s why we recommend the REGALTAGS Ladder Inspection Tag Kit, suitable for use in the toughest of environments. Our fully customisable, UV and freeze resistant ladder inspection tags provide a simple and easy-to-carry-out routine assessment, whilst removing the need for holders which often become damaged or detached.
The kit also provides safety labels to prevent use when not inspected, as well as a vital ladder angle indicator which can be used to quickly establish a safe set up.
- Apply the "Do Not Use" label to the left side of the ladder stile.
- Secure the Ladder Inspection Tag over the Label.
- Apply ladder angle label to the right hand stile at eye level.