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Before you purchase a ladder, it’s essential to know the different types of certifications and which one is right for you, such as the environment in which you will be using it. Ladder Kitemarks have three different standards that the equipment must meet; domestic, trade, and industrial.
Industrial – BS2037 (Class 1)
The Industrial classification is one of the most vital types of ladders and step ladders that you can buy. Specially designed for on-site use, industrial ladders are the best option for those who work on industrial sites. However, this type of ladder is unnecessary for carrying out DIY work in domestic environments.
Maximum Static Vertical Load: 175kg/27.5 stone
Trade – EN131
Formerly known as BS2037/Class 2, the trade standard is one of the most popular ladder certifications in the UK. When purchasing these ladders, EN131 is the certification you need to look out for. This is how you will ensure that the ladder meets the safety requirements for trade and domestic use.
Maximum Static Vertical Load: 150kg/23.5 stone
Duty Rating: 115kg/18 stone
Domestic – BS2037 (Class 3)
Domestic is the lightest standard in the UK. Ladders that fall into this classification should only be used occasionally and not in industrial and trade environments. As well as being a risk to your health, it would also go against Health and Safety Regulations.
Maximum Static Vertical Load: 125kg/19.5 stone
Duty Rating: 95kg/15 stone
Here at Strip Curtains Direct, we have a wide range of access equipment, including ladders and step ladders that are all certified to their appropriate standard. This ensures that we provide our customers with safe and secure equipment.