NEW GUIDANCE has been issued from the Ladder Association for managers to keep ladder users safe during the coronavirus outbreak when attending a ladder training course or using ladders in the workplace.
The advice covers the challenges faced by those responsible for the health and safety of ladder users as they plan a return to work. In the new free guide, the Ladder Association advises on how long the virus lasts on ladders, how rescue plans will be affected and how workers can minimise the risk of the virus spreading through proper cleaning of equipment and materials, particularly when handled by multiple people.
Importantly, it includes advice on how workers can maintain physical distancing while using ladders, with a focus on two activities that need to be considered carefully: stabilising a ladder and raising a ladder.
As Ladder Association training starts to resume in some areas, they have also addressed the need for people to be protected from coronavirus during their course.
They are also reminding industry about the importance of Ladder Association training, including e-learning options and minimising time spent at the training centre.
They also explain how Ladder Association cardholders can get an extension if their qualification is due to expire before it’s safe for them to visit a training centre.
Gail Hounslea, Ladder Association Chairman and Managing Director of Ladderstore, commented: “Keeping ladder users safe now means protecting them from Coronavirus as well as falls and other injuries. Businesses are facing the unprecedented challenge of getting people safely back to work during a pandemic.
“Ladders are only a small part of what they’ve got to consider, but we realised we could use our expertise to support all those whose workers will be heading back up ladders and need to ensure every safety aspect is covered.”