Important information about the ladder standard EN 131

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DIN standards

Standards are recognised engineering rules intended to ensure the safety of products and services. All DIN standards can be purchased from the publisher Beuth-Verlag. Beuth-Verlag is a subsidiary of the German Institute for Standardization (DIN).

DIN EN 131 - Ladders is a standard that comprises six different parts and deals with terms, types, functional sizes; requirements, testing, marking; safety information, user instructions, hinged and mobile platform ladders.

  • DIN EN 131-1: Terms, types, functional sizes
  • DIN EN 131-2: Requirements, testing, marking
  • DIN EN 131-3: User instructions
  • DIN EN 131-4: Single or multiple hinged ladders
  • DIN EN 131-6: Telescopic ladders
  • DIN EN 131-7: Mobile platform ladders

DIN EN 14183 – Step stools - This standard specifies the requirements for step stools. This includes design characteristics, dimensions, materials, performance requirements, test methods and the declaration of suitability of use.

DIN EN 1004 – Mobile access and working towers: A one-part standard on mobile access and working towers made of prefabricated elements - Materials, dimensions, design loads, safety and performance requirements.

DIN EN ISO 14122 – Safety of machinery - fixed access to machinery: This standard comprises four different parts that deal with the choice of fixed access between two levels as well as working platforms and walkways, stairs, stepladders and guard-rails and fixed ladders.

DIN 14094-1 – Escape ladder installations are installations for rescuing humans. DIN 18799-1 – Fixed ladders at architectural facilities for maintenance and service work.


ArbSchG – German Occupational Health and Safety Act:
Law about the performance of occupational health and safety measures to improve safety and for the protection of health in the workplace.

BetrSichV – German Ordinance on Industrial Safety and Health:
Ordinance about the safety of work equipment and installations.

Workplace Ordinance (ArbStättV):
The German Worker Protection Law specifies the requirements for safe and healthy workplaces. The Workplace Ordinance contains the regulations and requirements that companies have to comply with when furnishing and operating workplaces.

Technical Regulations for Workplaces - Traffic routes - (ASR A1.8):
Compliance with these regulations is a means to ensure that employers are meeting the relevant requirements of the ordinance. Any alternative solutions have to provide employees with an equivalent level of occupational health and safety as a minimum.

Technical Regulations for Operating Safety (TRBS 2121 Fall Hazards):
     Part 1 Provision and use of scaffolds
     Part 2 Provision and use of ladders

DGUV Regulations, rules and information

DGUV Information 208-016:
Operating instructions for ladders and steps. These instructions were previously designated BGI 694.

DGUV Information 201-011:
Operating instructions for working and safety scaffolds. These instructions were previously designated BGI/GUV-I 663.

DGUV Information 208-032:
Choice and use of fixed ladders. These instructions were previously designated BGI/GUV-I 5189.

DGUV Regel 112-198:
Use of personal fall arrest systems. These instructions were previously designated BGI/GUV-I 198.

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