Classifications

Working At Height
Lets face it, there are so many rules, regulations, do's and don'ts around Health & Safety nowadays that it can be overwhelming when making a decision on a safety product! Thats why we have put together this one page where you can gather all of the relevant information to help guide you when choosing the right product!
Will my step comply to a standard because it has a logo? 
Its is a MUST when comparing products to know what you are buying, suppliers use logos & badges on their product to show that they 'comply' to something, but what do they actually comply to? It is important you are aware what these mean, it doesn't necessarily mean your product complies with any particular standard relevant to any health and safety or legal requirements. It may just mean that a company has their products registered as they are 'safe' & these standards may not even apply to the country you are in.

Logos Explained 

Here are some of the most widely used classifications logos...
Symbol Classification What Does It Mean?
Class 1 BSI Kitemark The BS Kitemark means that the item has been tested to a standard. In the case of Mobile Steps, BS EN 131-7:2015 would be covered under this. ANY APPROVED TESTING HOUSE can test to that standard using the guide from BS EN 131-7:2015.
Class 1 CE Mark CE Marking means that the manufacturer of the goods declares that the product complies with all of the 'essential requirements' &/or performance levels for CE Marking & can be sold throughout the European Economic Area (EEA).
There is no legal requirement for CE Marking on these products and any product of similar design bearing the mark does not necessarily mean that the product meets your own country's health and safety requirements.
Class 1 GS Mark The GS Mark is typically found on household goods, white goods, toys, office & I.T equipment. Products with the GS Mark indicate that the item was tested & complies with the minimum requirements of the German Product Safety Act (a.k.a. ProdSG).

Classifications Explained

Historically, Europe and the UK have had a long established ladder certification system (Class I, II & III), this is to keep all users safe when working at height. Most of the standards apply to ladders that are portable such as wooden and aluminium stepladders and extension ladders; this has had no relevance to warehouse steps.

Since the amendment to BS EN 131 to include steel mobile warehouse steps (see British Standards), Class II has now been deprecated in favour of the new classification.
Symbol Classification Duty Raiting (Kg) Maximum Static
Vertical Load (Kg)
Application
Class 1 BS 2037 Class 1 130 175 INDUSTRIAL : Heavy Duty Use
Wooden & Aluminium Static Steps.
Class 1 BS EN 131
(Previously Class 2)
115 150 INDUSTRIAL : Light Trade Use
Steel
Class 1 BS 2037 Class 3 95 125 DOMESTIC: Light-duty Use
The maximum SWL or static load, is intended to cover one single person and their equipment on the product at one time.
All trade marks & logos shown on this page are the property of owner and are acknowledged to retrospective owners.
Whilst every effort has been made to make sure this information is correct, we cannot be liable if we have misinterpreted the standard or miscommunicated this throughs this page. If you have specific requirements that your products meets, then we suggest you further investigate prior to making a purchase. 

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