Ladders and stepladders are commonly used in churches. They are a practical option for low-risk tasks and there is no ban on their use. However, they must be used with caution.
When using ladders, make sure that they:
- are the right type for the job and suitable for their intended use
- inspected to check for any defects before use and regularly thereafter
- adequately maintained with defects being repaired promptly
- properly stored when not in use.
Users will also need to take care not to overreach or overload the ladder, making sure it is appropriately positioned, footed and/or secured.
If you are an employer, you may have other responsibilities to make sure ladders are used safely. You can find more information on using ladders in our church ladders guidance notes.