Product Selection Guide

British and European standards apply to most ladders and step ladders, so make sure you choose the right kind of access equipment for the job.

The Ladder Kitemarks Explained:


BS2037 Class 3 - DOMESTIC

This Standard applies to products that are manufactured to be used in and around the home in a domestic environment. Class 3 Ladders should not be used by tradesmen or for commercial work.

Duty Rating 95Kg
Max permissible load 125Kg


EN131 (Aka BSEN131) Class 2 - TRADE / COMMERCIAL

This is the European Standard, which covers the products being used in a trade environment, these products are designed for regular light trade work.

Max permissible load - 150Kg



This European Standard applies to step stools. The standard excludes ladders and stepladders as defined by
EN 131-1:1993.

Max permissible load - 150Kg


Class 1 (Industrial) BS2037

This Standard applies to products being used in an industrial / construction site environment; these are high quality products, designed for heavy and regular loading.

Duty Rating 130Kg
Max permissible load 175Kg


The work at height regulations state that duty holders
must ensure:

•     all work at height is properly planned and organised;
•     those involved in work at height are competent;
•     the risks from work at height are assessed and appropriate work equipment is selected and used;
•     the risks from fragile surfaces are properly controlled and equipment for work at height is properly inspected and maintained.

There are many things the Work at Height Regulations
state for working at height safely, some key
points are:

•     Always complete a risk assessment
•     Follow the simple hierarchy for managing and selecting equipment for work at height
•     Always take steps to eliminate any risk to the user and any other parties working close by
•     Ensure those using the equipment are trained and competent to carry out work at height