At Heightsafe, we understand the critical role that access ladders play in providing a safe means of ascent for your employees and contractors. However, it is imperative to assess whether these crucial components are compliant with the PUWER 1998 regulations. Our Access Ladder Safety Testing and Compliance services aim to ensure that your access ladders are not only suitable for their intended use but also adhere to the highest safety standards.
Last Updated: 15th January 2024
PUWER 1998 regulations dictate that employers and duty holders bear the responsibility of guaranteeing the safety and efficacy of all work equipment. To be compliant, access ladders must meet the following criteria:
Suitability for Intended Use:
- Our specialists ensure that your access ladders are appropriate for their designated purpose.
Safe for Use and Well-Maintained:
- We conduct regular visual inspections and compliance testing, at least annually or more frequently based on usage.
- Signs of deterioration, such as loose fittings, missing fixtures, snapped ladder ties, corrosion, rust, or bent/dented ladders, are promptly addressed.
User Training and Information:
- Access ladders should only be used by individuals who have received adequate training and information on their proper use.
Health and Safety Measures:
- Our compliance testing includes checking for the presence of emergency stop devices, suitable means of isolation from energy sources, clear markings, and warning devices.
Testing for Fixed Ladders:
- BS 4211:2005+A1:2008 (specification for permanently fixed ladders)
- BS 5395-3:1985 (Code of Practice for the design of industrial type stairs, permanent ladders, and walkways)
- BS EN 14122 (Safety of machinery. Permanent means of access to machinery. Working platforms and walkways)
Testing for Temporary Ladders:
Our dedicated team follows manufacturer recommendations and Ladder Association guidelines for inspecting temporary ladders, testing them to:
- BS 1129 (specification for portable timber ladders, steps, trestles, and lightweight staging’s)
- BS 2037 (specification for portable aluminium ladders, steps, trestles, and lightweight staging’s)
- BS EN 131 (specification for terms, types, functional sizes; Specification for requirements, testing, marking; user instructions; single or multiple hinge-joint ladders)
Access Ladder Safety Testing and Compliance with Heightsafe
Ensuring the safety and compliance of your access ladders is paramount for the well-being of your workforce. Trust Heightsafe for comprehensive Access Ladder Safety Testing and Compliance services, where our experienced team ensures that your access ladders meet and exceed industry regulations, providing secure and reliable means of ascent. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and elevate your safety standards.