Ladder standards have changed…are you up to date?

BS EN 131 (the UK’s version of EN 131), the single British & European product standard covering all types of portable ladders (step, extending and combination) has been substantially revised.

EN131 improves ladder safety by making ladders wider, stronger and sturdier.

British Standards BS 2037 and BS 1129 (often referred to as Class 1 and Class 3 ladders) are no longer available and you can no longer buy ladders made to these withdrawn standards.

All ladders should now be designed and manufactured to the current EN 131 standard only.

You can find further information on all current ladder standards at

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.

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