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Ladder Standards

Current product standards recognised by the Ladder Association

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

Pending standards

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

BS EN 8620:2017 – Low level work platforms with one working platform with side protection for use by one person – maximum working platform height no greater than 2.5m – specification

BS 8630:2019 – Portable stagings and folding trestles. Specification

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The following standards are WITHDRAWN, read our guidance on withdrawn standards (below)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

PAS250:2012 – Low-level work platform with one working platform with side protection for use by one person with a maximum working platform height of less than 2.5 m. Specification

BS 1129:1990 – Specification for portable timber ladders, steps, trestles and lightweight stagings


Most frequent questions and answers

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.

The Ladder Association requires that its members supply products that meet relevant current standards. Product standards are subject to change and you can find more information on product standards, and confirm current validity at the BSI shop.
The information on this page is offered for general awareness only and does not take the place of appropriate training.

Changes to ladder standards

If you use portable ladders, or supervise/manage people who use portable ladders this information applies to you

Ladder Standards have changed.

Ladders certified to the withdrawn British Standard, BS 2037 and BS1129 (often referred to as Class 1 and Class 3 ladders) will no longer be available after a transition period.

If you are replacing ladders, you should be selecting ladders to the current product standard (as listed above)

Alex Farnhill, Health & Safety Executive

Don Aers, Ladder Association

Joint HSE / Ladder Association presentation

Alex Farnhill from the Health & Safety Executive and Don Aers, the Ladder Association’s Technical Manager, explain the changes to the new standard for leaning ladders and step ladders, EN 131.

This presentation also clarifies the scope of the new standard, including which type of ladders will be covered by the standard.

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