Use of ladders and stepladders
Ladders and stepladders can be useful pieces of equipment in any congregation building if they are used safely for light work of short duration. It is important to consider the task, person and working environment before any task is carried out, as well as to ensure that ladders and stepladders are fit for purpose – checked before and after use for damage and only used following the manufacturers' instructions. Any aged wooden ladders and damaged access equipment that is not considered to meet the current British Safety Standards should be suitably discarded or recycled to prevent its use.
The HSE has produced a number of excellent resources on the safe use of ladders and stepladders, including an employer's guide. This is available online or through the Church of Scotland General Trustees.