IS 10238:2001

In this competitive scenario, it isn't easy to survive in the market without a standard quality and certified product. BIS license may also be required to use standard ISI Mark and sell products in the Indian market.

To obtain BIS certification and produce a standard quality product, the manufacturer must ensure that their product must comply with the specified Indian standard.

Let's take a closer look at IS 10238:2001 for Fasteners – Threaded Steel Fasteners – Step Bolts for Steel Structures.

This standard specifies the requirements for step bolts used to gain access to the top of steel structures, including transmission towers. Each bolt shall be supplied with two hexagon nuts. For safety reasons, when using step bolts to gain access to the top of the structure, the maximum total weight of a person, including bolts, nuts, tools, and tackles, should not exceed 150 kg. IS 6639 covers hexagon bolts used in the fabrication of general steel structures.

The step bolts must be of product Grade C, as defined by IS 1367 (Part 2). The step bolts must meet the requirements of property class 4.6 as defined in IS 1367. (Part 3). Mating nuts and washers must meet IS 14394 specifications. The surface discontinuities of the step bolts must comply with IS 1367 (Part 9/See 2). IS 1367(Part 17)must be followed for sampling, inspection, and acceptance criteria. A laboratory shall be maintained to carry out the various tests given in the specification as per the method specified in the standard.

Key highlights

Product Name Fasteners - Threaded Steel Fastener - Step Bolts for Steel Structures
Applicable Indian Standard IS 10238:2001
Applicable Certification Scheme Product Certification Scheme (ISI Mark Scheme) Scheme 1 - Schedule 2
Compliance Requirement Mandatory
QCO Link Quality Control Order


The following are the major tests for step bolts:

  • Dimensions and Tolerances
  • Tensile test
  • Proof load test
  • Hardness test
  • Yield strength test
  • Finished test

Packing and Marking:

A license is granted to use the Standard Mark in accordance with IS 10238: 2001. Labeling and marking must be done as per IS 10238: 2001. Step bolts must be packaged in accordance with IS 1367(Part 18). All production that meets Indian Standards and is covered by the license should bear the Standard ISI Mark.

To use a standard mark, the manufacturer must obtain a BIS license for Step Bolts for Steel Structures from the Bureau of Indian Standards. Bureau grants a BIS license based on a successful assessment of the manufacturing infrastructure, quality control and testing capabilities, and production process.BIS licence for Step Bolts for Steel Structures is required to ensure that it is safe and reliable for consumer.

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  1. Procedure for Domestic Manufacturer
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If a product falls under the scope of the BIS Conformity Assessment Scheme, All the manufacturers, importers, and foreign entities must obtain BIS ISI Certification. The Bureau may cancel the License if the product fails to meet certification requirements.

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