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Act First Safety Online Ladder Safety Training Program

REGISTRATION – Individual cost of this Ladder Safety program is only $35.00. There are several ways to register:

Option 1 – All customers/companies interested in setting up a customized learning management system (LMS) for their business, should call us direct to REGISTER(as discounts may apply).  Note: there is NO additional charge for the LMS setup. Call 416-283-7233 (local GTA) or Canada-wide toll free at 1-855-260-7233 to register.


Option 2 – For individuals that would like immediate registration, use the convenient online shopping cart by selecting the adjacent icon (or call us and we’ll get you registered), then enjoy your programs!  Thank you.

Ladder Safety Training Program

Provinces across Canada regulate the use of ladders in all workplaces because the improper use of a ladder could cause significant injuries. Anyone who uses a ladder must comply and obtain the necessary training in order to:

  • Reduce or eliminate worker injuries
  • Avoid worker compensation premiums

The program complies with all the necessary regulations and is produced in order to accommodate various learning styles filled with graphics and video to make it easy to understand, memorable and accurate.


  • Hazard identification and control
  • Ladder selection
  • Inspection procedures
  • Safe Ladder Set-up and use
  • Proper care, transportation & storage

View an Online LADDER SAFETY Training demo (click on start button below)

British Columbia Legislation

Workers Compensation (Occupational Health and Safety) Amendment Act 1998
Part 4

13.6 Use restrictions
(1) If work cannot be done from a ladder without hazard to a worker, a work platform must be provided.
(2) A worker must not carry up or down a ladder, heavy or bulky objects or any other objects which may make ascent or descent unsafe.
[Enacted by B.C. Reg. 422/2004, effective January 1, 2005.]

Alberta Legislation

Occupational Health and Safety Code 2009
Part 8
Ladders — General

Restriction on use
124 An employer must ensure that workers do not use a ladder to enter or
leave an elevated or sub-level work area if the area has another safe and
recognizable way to enter or leave it.

Manitoba Legislation

Workplace Safety and Health Regulation
Part 13
Ladders – General

13.7 Every ladder provided by an employer for use at a workplace must be designed and constructed and maintained to safely support any load that will be or is likely to be imposed on it.
Worker to inspect ladder
13.8 An employer must ensure that a worker inspects a ladder for defects prior to each use. A ladder found to be broken or defective may not be used until it
has been repaired and restored to its original design specifications.
Metal ladders near electrical equipment
13.9 An employer must ensure that no worker uses a metal ladder or metal reinforced rails on a ladder near any exposed energized electrical circuits or

Saskatchewan Legislation

The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996

252(1) An employer, contractor or supplier shall ensure that every ladder is
designed, constructed, used and maintained to perform its function safely.
(2) An employer, contractor or supplier shall ensure that:
(a) no wooden ladder or stepladder is painted with any substance other than
a transparent coating; and
(b) no ladder is made by fastening cleats across a single rail or post.
4 Oct 96 cO-1.1 Reg 1 s252.

Ontario Legislation

78. (1) A ladder shall be designed, constructed and maintained so as not to endanger a worker and shall be capable of withstanding all loads to which it may be subjected. O. Reg. 213/91, s. 78 (1).
(2) A ladder,
(a) shall be free from defective or loose rungs;
(b) shall have rungs spaced at 300 millimetres on centres;
(c) shall have side rails at least 300 millimetres apart;
(d) shall be placed on a firm footing; and
(e) shall be situated so that its base is not less than one-quarter, and not more than one-third, of the length of the ladder from a point directly below the top of the ladder and at the same level as the base of the ladder, if the ladder is not securely fastened. O. Reg. 213/91, s. 78 (2).

Quebec Legislation

Regulation Respecting Occupational Health and Safety An Act respecting occupational health and safety

R.S.Q., c. S-2.1, s. 223. 1st par. subpar. (1), (3), (4), (7) to (16), (18) to (21.1), (41) and (42), 2nd par. and 3rd par


23. Permanent ladders: Permanent ladders used to replace service stairs shall :
(1) be of safe construction and solidly anchored to withstand a mass of 90 kilograms at the centre of the rungs with a safety factor of 4 ;
(2) for ladders exceeding 9 metres, have rest platforms equipped with guardrails, at least at 6-metre intervals (3) have a space behind the rungs of at least 150 millimetres;
(4) have a free space on each side of at least 375 millimetres and forward of at least 800 millimetres, measured from the centre of a rung;
(5) extend 900 millimetres beyond the top storey;
(6) be provided with guardrails surrounding the floor opening with a removable gate for access to the ladder;
(7) be provided with crinolines or cages or a fall arrestor in compliance with the standard Fall arresters, vertical lifelines and rails CAN/CSA Z259.2.1-98, where there is danger of a fall greater than 6 metres.

New Brunswick Legislation


(1) An employer shall ensure that a fixed ladder
(a) is of adequate strength and length,
(b) is clean and free from grease,
(c) is maintained in a safe condition,
(d) is securely held in place at the top and bottom and at such intermediate points as are required to prevent sway,
(e) has a clearance of at least 165 mm maintained between the rungs and the structure to which the ladder is affixed,
(f) does not have any rungs that extend above a landing,
(g) has side rails or other secure hand holds that extend at least 1.07 m above the landing and are spaced not less than 685 mm apart, and
(h) is removed from service when it has loose, broken or missing rungs, split side rails or other defects that may be hazardous to an employee.

Newfoundland & Labrador Legislation

Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 2009 under the Occupational Health and Safety Act(O.C . 2009-233)

29. (1) Where work is being done at a distance greater than 2 metres from the edge of a roof that has a slope of less than 3/12, the employer shall implement control zones to alert workers upon entering within 2 metres of the edge without an appropriate means of fall protection.
(6) Crawl boards and ladders used for roof work shall be securely fastened over the ridge of the roof or be otherwise effectively anchored.
(7) An eavestrough shall not be used to support a crawl board or ladder on a roof.

Prince Edward Island Legislation

Pursuant to section 34 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act R.S.P.E.I. 1988, Cap. O-1.1, Council made the following regulations


23.1 (1) The employer shall provide a ladder where employees must
work in an elevated or sub-level area not provided with other safe and
recognizable means of access or egress.
(2) The employer shall ensure that a ladder is removed from service
when it has loose, broken or missing rungs, split side rails or other
hazardous defects.

The employer shall ensure that
all portable ladders shall be equipped with non-slip bases;
(b) portable metal or wire truss ladders shall not be used in the
vicinity of electrical circuits or apparatus when the hazard of
electrical exposure is present;

Nova Scotia Legislation

Occupational Safety General Regulations
made under Section 82 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act
S.N.S. 1996, c. 7 .I.C. 1999-195 (April 28, 1999, effective May 1, 2000*), N.S. Reg. 44/99 s amended up to O.I.C. 2004-14 (January 23, 2004), N.S. Reg. 4/2004
(*except as otherwise noted)

Part 13
147 An employer shall ensure that a fixed ladder is designed, constructed, installed and maintained in accordance with ANSI standard A14.3 – 1992 “American National Standard for Ladders – Fixed – Safety Requirements”.
148 (1) An employer shall ensure that a portable ladder used at a workplace is
(a) able to withstand 4 times the maximum load likely to be imposed;
(b) clean and free of grease, oil or other substances that may cause slipping;
(c) maintained in a safe condition;
(d) inspected by a competent person before each use to ensure all components are in an adequate condition and the ladder is safe to use; and
(e) not used, where the inspection required in clause (d) identifies an inadequate condition with the ladder.
(2) An employer shall ensure that a person using a fixed or portable ladder shall
(a) face the ladder when climbing or descending;
(b) when more than 1 m above a safe surface, maintain adequate contact with the ladder, such as 3-point contact;
Clause 148(2)(b) replaced: O.I.C. 2000-130, N.S. Reg. 52/2000.
(c) where the person is standing on a ladder, stand in the centre between the side rails;
(d) where the ladder is a step ladder, not stand on the material shelf, the top or the top step of the ladder; and
where the ladder is not a step ladder, not work from the top three rungs of the ladder.
Subsection 148(2) amended: O.I.C. 2000-130, N.S. Reg. 52/2000.
(3) Clauses (2)(b), (c), (d) and (e) do not apply to a firefighter engaged in structural firefighting or rescue.
(4) An employer shall remove a ladder from service when it has loose, broken or missing rungs, split side rails or other defects that may be hazardous to the safety of a person at the workplace.

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