BS EN 131 Part 1:2015+A1:2019 – Ladders – Terms, types functional sizes
BS EN 131 Part 2:2010+A2:2017 – Requirements, testing, marking
BS EN 131 Part 3:2018 – Marking and user instructions
BS EN 131 Part 4:2007 – Single or multiple hinge joint ladders
BS EN 131 Part 6:2019 – Telescopic ladders
BS EN 131 Part 7:2013 – Mobile ladders with platform
BS EN 131 Part 8: (pending) Ladders with separate platform
BS EN 131 Part 5: (pending) Accessories
BS EN 14183:2003 Step stools
BS 8634:2017 – Portable roof ladders
BS EN 14975:2006+A1:2010 – Loft ladders. Requirements, marking and testing
PAS 7100 : 2018 Supporting better product recalls
The following standards are WITHDRAWN, read our guidance on withdrawn standards (below)
BS EN 131 Part 1:2015 – Ladders – Terms, types functional sizes
BS EN 131-2:1993 – Ladders. Specification for requirements, testing, marking
BS EN 131-3:2007 – Ladders. User instructions
03/110342 DC – Ladders. Single or multiple hinge-joint ladders
BS EN 131-6:2015 – Telescopic ladders
11/30251423 DC – Ladders. Mobile ladders with platform
01/103319 DC – Step stools
BS 2037:1994 – Specification for portable aluminium ladders, steps, trestles and lightweight stagings
BS 1129:1990 – Specification for portable timber ladders, steps, trestles and lightweight stagings
A standard is an agreed way of making a product, managing a process, delivering a service or supplying materials.
Standards are developed by subject matter experts who know the needs of the organizations they represent – people such as manufacturers, sellers, buyers, customers, trade associations, users or regulators.
Standards are powerful tools that can help drive innovation and increase productivity. Standards help to make products safer, easier to use, sustainable and of better quality – benefits for the consumer
Although there isn’t a legal obligation to adhere to standards, the Ladder Association requires that its members supply products that meet relevant current standards.
EN131 Part 1 Revised scope applies to portable ladders designed for general professional and non-professional use.
This standard does not apply to portable ladders which by their design and instruction are intended and limited only for a specific professional use and as a result are not for general professional or non-professional use.
Product standards are not retrospective and so ladders to the correct classification that are in good condition, inspected regularly (and the inspection recorded) can continue to be used. If you continue to use ladders to withdrawn standards, you should update your purchasing policy so when the ladders need replacing, you only buy ladders to the current standard.
If you want a ladder to the current standard, you may need to specify this. The hire company should supply you with a ‘fit for purpose’ ladder, but as product standards are not retrospective, the ladder may be to a previous version of the standard.