The safe use of mobile ground ladders is often overlooked, as many employers assume employees know how to use them, since it is equipment used in most households. Any assumption when it comes to safety is a potential hazard.
A ground ladder safety policy sets expectations of use for employees, in the safe operation of the equipment in the workplace.
A policy on ground ladder safety should set expectations of what sort of ladders are used in the workplace, how to safely use the ladders, and inspection requirements.
Ground ladders require 2 types of inspections:
- pre-use inspections: before an employee uses a ladder, they should perform a quick inspection of the equipment, to ensure it was not damaged in transport or storage.
- bi-annual inspections: every 6 months, ladders should be thoroughly inspected and certified for use.
Employees should be trained on how to inspect ground ladders using the checklist attached to the policy as part of their pre-use inspection.
When a ladder is identified as damaged, a full checklist should be filled out to document the ladder damage prior to removal from use. When removing a ladder from service, it should be destroyed to ensure it is not accidentally placed back into service.