News 15 February 2017

The EN 131 is being tightened

The most important changes in a row

EN 131 is the European norm for ladders, folding ladders and stepladders. EN131-1 prescribes everything related to terms, definitions and dimensions. EN131-2 covers tests which products need to comply with. As of 1-1-2018, both norms will change. But which of these changes will you see in practice? We have listed the most important changes for you, in a row.


Base width will be wider

Telescopic, single, extending and combination ladders that are higher than 3 meters will have a wider base width. This means that the bottom of the ladder should always be provided with a stability bar or bent beams. This gives you a more stable base and you can work more safely.

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Ladder sections not removable

It is no longer allowed to disconnect the ladder section of ladders (of more than 3 meters). That means that, with to 2 and 3 piece ladders such as sliding and combination/extendible ladders, a ladder section can no longer be removed. This ensures that the ladder sections remain together and that you always work with a complete ladder.

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With these changes, you will work even safer at heights. If you would like more information, please contact our consultants.