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Standards, regulations and laws


ZARGES offers customised solutions for working safely at heights. ZARGES products comply with current German and international standards. Our development and production procedures certified in accordance with DIN EN ISO 9001-2008 guarantee your safety and maximum reliability, among other things tested quality in accordance with DIN EN ISO 14122.

What are DIN standards?


DIN standards are published by the German Standardisation Institute (DIN). “DIN” denotes German standards, while “DIN EN” denotes European standards that have been adopted in the German regulatory framework. More on DIN standards on Wikipedia.

DIN standards are available from the German Standardisation Institute only for a charge, e.g. from the Beuth publishing house (Beuth-Verlag). The Beuth publishing house is a subsidiary of the German Standardisation Institute.

DIN standards are held in so-called repositories for public inspection; copies of all DIN standards are also kept in the German National Library. Many DIN standards and standard drafts are also published in DIN handbooks on specific subjects and are available in libraries. Extracts from individual standards can also be found on the Internet.

DIN standards relevant to access technology


  • EN ISO 9001: This standard lays down what is required of a quality management system (QM system). If a company wishes to demonstrate that it provides products that satisfy the requirements of customers and the requirements of the official bodies and if it is striving to increase customer satisfaction, it orientates itself to this standard. EN ISO 9001 describes in 8  chapters using models the entire QM system and is the basis for a comprehensive quality management system. More on Wikipedia on the quality management standard.
  • DIN EN 131 – Ladders: All ZARGES ladders comply with this standard. It consists of 4  parts, dealing with terms, types, functional sizes; requirements, testing, marking of ladders; safety instructions and user information.
  • DIN EN 14183 – Step stools: All ZARGES steps comply with this standard. It contains information on the standardisation of steps.
  • DIN EN 1004 – Mobile access and working towers: A standard governing mobile access and working towers (work platforms) made of prefabricated components – materials, dimensions, design loads, and safety and performance requirements.
  • DIN EN 280 – Mobile elevating work platforms: A standard governing mobile elevating work platforms – design calculations, stability criteria, construction, safety, examinations and tests.
  • DIN EN ISO 14122 – Safety of machinery - Permanent means of access to machinery: A four-part standard dealing with the choice of fixed means of access between two levels and with work platforms and walkways, stairs, stepladders and guard-rails, and fixed ladders.

Laws governing health and safety when using access equipment

Legislative bodies have passed laws to protect employees. These too contain specifications relevant to the use of access equipment. German laws are made available by the Federal Justice Ministry free of charge at www.gesetze-im-internet.de.

  • ArbSchG – German Occupational Health and Safety Act: This is a German law governing the implementation of occupational safety measures to improve the safety and protect the health of employees. The German Occupational Health and Safety Act on the Internet.
  • BetrSichV – German Ordinance on Industrial Safety and Health: This is an ordinance on safety and health protection in the provision of work equipment, on safety in the operation of systems requiring inspection and on the organisation of occupational health and safety. The Ordinance on Industrial Safety and Health on the Internet.

Employer's liability insurance association regulations and information

The employer's liability insurance association is a further body concerned with the safety of workplaces and issues binding regulations (Employer's Liability Insurance Association Regulation, BGV) and information publications (Employer's Liability Insurance Association Information, BGI).

These regulations can be downloaded free of charge from the Internet at www.arbeitssicherheit.de. A detailed search option can be found at www.arbeitssicherheit.de/de/html/library/overview.

  • BGV D36 – Accident prevention regulation - ladders and steps: On 1 January 2008 BGV D36 ceased to be in force and was replaced by BGI 694 – Instructions for handling ladders and steps.
  • BGI 694 (employers' liability insurance association, building construction) " Instructions for handling work and safety scaffolds." This came into effect on 1.1.2008 and governs the inspection and testing of ladders and steps. The handling instructions contain the essentials from the “Accident prevention regulation - ladders and steps (BGV D36)” and those parts of the “Accident prevention regulations for construction work” pertaining to ladders. BGI 694 is also structured to cover all sectors of industry.
  • BGI 637 – Platform ladders: Platform ladders as contemplated by this BG Information are access equipment that can be climbed on one or two sides with steps or flat rungs and a protected platform.