Ladder Safety Online Training

This Ladder Safety Online Training course covers:

  • How to decide when you can use ladders.
  • How to protect yourself and other people when moving and using ladders.
  • Basic visual and functional checks of a ladder before use.

Fully customisable by you, at no extra cost.

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Course Introduction

Ladders, including leaning ladders and stepladders, are a sensible choice for low-risk jobs that don’t take a long time. But to avoid accidents, you need to use the right equipment in the correct way.

This course will explain when you can use a leaning ladder or stepladder, and how to select, transport and use them safely.

This Ladder Safety Online Training course takes on average 45 minutes to complete.

Course Content

Ladder Safety covers the selection, checking, setting up, handling and use of ladders. It does this using a positive story of ladder use in the workplace to increase engagement, and using the mnemonic ‘JOLLY’ to support retention of the key learning objectives.

Lesson 1 describes how to consider if a ladder is the right tool for the job, with an emphasis on eliminating work at height where practical, and using other access equipment when appropriate. As many ladder accidents involve injury to non-ladder users, the safety of other people is described, along with precautions to take. This lesson explains ladder labelling and pre-use checks, and provides a downloadable checklist.

Lesson 2 looks at location-specific features ladder users need to be aware of, and provides advice on how to secure, store, handle, climb and work on a ladder. Illustrations and animations are used to explain how ladders fall, how to foot a ladder when there is no other means of securing it, and how to raise a long ladder from the ground.

The course does not cover the use of fall arrest systems.

Like all EssentialSkillz courses, this Ladder Safety eLearning course can be customised to meet your needs, enabling your workforce to understand the specific policies and procedures developed for your organisation. A designated course administrator can edit the text and images within the course, and link to organisation-specific documentation, all at no extra cost.

Key features

All our courses provide technically accurate training which keeps your organisation in line with best practice. We include the latest techniques in learning which ensure learners are engaged throughout. Our courses are also:

Fully customisable by you

Add your own scripts, images, videos, presentations and interactions – with no coding experience required. Use our suite of templates to make our courses your own, delivering highly relevant training to your organisation at no extra cost.

White label branding

We can brand our training with your unique corporate identity to make your users feel right at home throughout the training journey.

Integrate with your LMS

You can deploy this course using our compliance platform. Alternatively, you can deliver this course, with all its key features, directly from your third-party LMS.


Our Ladder Safety Online Training course can integrate with JAWS ® a widely available text-to-speech integration to help visually impaired users engage with the same, unabridged and high-quality compliance training as their colleagues.


On successful completion, learners receive a personalised certificate which includes the learner’s name, score and date of completion. Certificates can be viewed, downloaded and printed off at any time to serve as a record of compliance.


Our Ladder Safety Online Training course is written by subject matter experts and experienced instructional designers. This ensures that our courses adhere to the highest standard of training and will provide a practical and meaningful learning experience to our customers.

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Why is this course important for compliance?

  • The Work at Height Regulations (2005) Regulation 5 states that ‘Every employer shall ensure that no person engages in any activity, including organisation, planning and supervision, in relation to work at height or work equipment for use in such work unless he [sic] is competent to do so or, if being trained, is being supervised by a competent person.’ This course, along with local on-the-job training, is an important element in enhancing the competence of workers to select, check and use a ladder for work at height.
  • The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (1999) Regulation 13 requires employees to be provided with adequate health and safety training, and for this training to be repeated periodically. This course can be used in preparation for workplace training, and as a refresher course.

Add your own questions

Create your own question and answer bank to test your users on the key information that they need to know to be fully compliant. Set core questions to appear in the test section that users are required to pass so that crucial learning points are reinforced.

Randomise test questions

Generate 10 random questions from a bank of 20 to test your user’s retention and understanding of key content.

Set the pass mark

As training administrator, you can configure the passing score that users need to complete the course. Set your own grade boundaries to ensure your training complies with the standards set out by your organisation.

Who should take this course?

The Ladder Safety eLearning course is suitable for people using ladders only occasionally, for example office workers needing to access a higher shelf, as well as those using ladders as a regular part of their job role. Although targeted at those using ladders, those managing the use of ladders will find information about selection and inspection of ladders valuable.

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