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 recommends 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, and 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
- 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