No. The replacement standard BS EN131 applies from 1st Jan 2018, with the objective of simplifying the standards and improving the safety of ladders and stepladders.
Under the new standard there are two categories: Professional for industry and trade and Non-professional for domestic use.
Significant changes include:
- A minimum weight capacity of 150Kg (23.6 stone)
- Improved stability features for ladders over 3m
- New manufacturing durability tests
From January 2018 all new ladders manufactured must be to the new standards.
Ladders and stepladders to the old standards may still be sold while stocks last.
Ladders and stepladders to the old standards which are already in use may continue to be used as long as they are serviceable and continue to be checked at regular intervals.