Ladders and access equipment

It is vital that access equipment from ladders, mobile access towers to timber access boards are capable of supporting the correct loads in line with its intended use.

In the UK, portable access equipment should comply with the appropriate specification such as BS 2037 covering aluminium ladders, steps, trestles and lightweight stagings or BS EN 131 covering ladders and step ladders constructed from aluminium, steel, plastics or timber, BS 1129 for timber ladders, step ladders, trestles and lightweight stagings, BS EN 1004 for mobile access towers, BS EN 14975 for loft ladders, BS EN 14183 for step stools or PAS 250 for low-level work platforms.

The HSE recommend that all portable ladders and step ladders on construction sites meet the requirements of BS 2037 Class 1 or BS EN 131.

BSI offers Kitemark certification on all of these standards. Rigorous testing includes rung, stile and component connection strength, drop testing on loft ladder hinges, overall deflection of mobile access towers and stability of low level work platforms. Testing can be undertaken both at our testing facilities and/or at the manufacturer’s premises. Our testing can also involve working closely with clients, testing new products at the developmental stage.

List of standards for ladders and access equipment:

  • BS 1129
    Portable timber ladders, steps, trestles and stagings
  • BS 2037
    Portable aluminium ladders, steps and trestles
  • BS EN 131 
  • BS EN 14975
    Loft ladders. Requirements, marking and testing
  • BS 2482
    Timber scaffold boards
  • BS EN 1004
    Mobile access and working towers made of prefabricated materials
  • BS EN 14183
    Step stools
  • PAS 250
    Low-level work platforms with one working platform and side protection for use by one person with a maximum working height of less than 2.5m