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EN131 Professional Range

As you've probably heard ladder standards have / are in the process of changing. This page will outline the current classifications and the main points of the new standards. The information on this page will be as straight to the point as possible however for further reading take a look at our in-depth Ladder Standards Blog and read about our Managing Directors visit to the British Standards Institution where she took a look at the ways these new standards were tested. The main points you need to know is stronger testing is now being used for these classifications, a stabiliser bar now has to be used on all ladders over 3m and EN131 is changing to Professional and Non-Professional therefore eradicating class 1.

Important Information: Ladder standards have changed, however, there is no immediate action needed as manufacturers have time to sell off remaining stock. Once this time has elapsed you must then purchase ladders to the new standard but only when your exisiting ladders need replacing or when buying new.

Current Ladder Standards


Class 1  

BS 2037 - Class 1

Class 1 is for for industrial use. Under Class 1 requirements

all ladders certified to this standard must have a maximum

static vertical load of 175 kg. The duty rating of Class 1 ladders

stands at 130 kg. 


BS EN131

BS EN131

EN131 is perfect for trade use and has a maximum static

vertical load of 150 kg or 23.5 stones. EN131 ladders have

a duty rating of 115kg and are perfect for tradesman not

working on site.


Class 3 - Domestic Use

BS 2037 Class 3 / Domestic Use

Class 3 on step and extension ladders have a static load

of 125kg and are for consumer use only. Businesses must 

not use this classification of ladder under any circumstances.


Ladder Standards 2018


EN131 Professional

EN131 Professional

EN131 Professional is going to be replacing Class 1 (for portable ladders only,

class 1 will still cover trestles.) EN131 Professional will have a maximum capacity

of 150kg which is the same as the non-professional class however the amount of

testing on this particular classification is 5 times more than that of the non-professional. 

All EN131 Professional ladders over 3m will also now require a stabiliser bar

The classification should be used for both industrial and trade use.


EN131 Non-Professional

EN131 Non-Professional

EN131 Non-Professional will cover ladders for domestic use. The non-professional

classification still has a static load of 150kg however is less-rigorously tested. For

more information on the testing process please

take a look here.