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Safety First With Ladders

Ladder Association and HSE to speak at Safety and Health Exhibition in London this month.

As part of the CoreSkills+ seminar programme at the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) Conference (17-18 June 2014, ExCel, London), the Ladder Association will be joined by an Health & Safety Executive (HSE) representative to speak about the latter’s new, simplified guidance for ladders for the first time since it was released.

IOSH’s 2014 conference is being held alongside London’s first ever Safety & Health Expo, where the Ladder Association will be joining the Access Industry Forum (AIF) Information Centre to offer one-to-one advice about work at height and ladder use.

The association will also be joining AIF members in a CoreSkills+ panel discussion offering case studies about best practice on various types of equipment.
 
Both workshops the Ladder Association is taking part in. will be held on Wednesday, 18 June, and will count towards the CPD of those taking part.

The association’s individual workshop Working at height: simple and straightforward? will see Ladder Association Technical Manager, Don Aers joined by Paul Cook, the HSE’s senior policy adviser responsible for reviewing the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and overhauling the HSE’s work at height guidance.
 
Both experts on the regulations and the new guidance, they will explain the changes and how they impact upon using ladders in the workplace.

In particular, myths about when it is unsafe to use ladders, will be ‘debunked’ over the course of the session.
 
Don Aers explained: “The new guidance makes it as clear as can be that ladders can be a good, safe option for working at height, and clearly explains when they should be used. That clarity and simplicity is what the guidance is all about – telling people what they need to do and how they can be safe in the simplest terms, and debunking a few myths in the process.”

 

Details on SHE 2014 are available from the Ladder Association’s website (ladderassociation.org.uk) and the Expo’s site (safety-health-expo.co.uk). A programme outlining the CoreSkills+ workshop schedule is available at the IOSH Conference website (ioshconference.co.uk).

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