BS 8213-1:2004 - Windows doors and rooflights Design for safety in use and during cleaning of windows, including door-height windows and roof windows. Code of practice – BSI British Standards
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BS 8213-1:2004

Windows doors and rooflights Design for safety in use and during cleaning of windows, including door-height windows and roof windows. Code of practice

Status : Confirmed, Current   Published : October 2004



This British Standard, a part of the BS 8213 series, gives recommendations on the design, construction, operation and maintenance of windows, including door height windows, for safety in use and during cleaning, including safe opening characteristics and the arrangement of window controls, to safeguard occupants and passers-by. The recommendations for safety for windows also apply to roof windows, where relevant. Guidance on safety for rooflights is excluded from this document.

The guidance given in this standard is in addition to legislative requirements, which take precedence, and is suitable for new buildings and for upgrading and refurbishment works. It is aimed at all those involved in the specification, design, selection and use of windows, including public authorities, house-builders, architects, surveyors, window designers, window installers, glazing contractors and building owners. It may also be useful to building occupiers.

The guidance is primarily intended for use in residential accommodation, but many of the recommendations are applicable to other building types, to which health and safety legislation applies.

Reach capabilities, recommendations on safety restrictors, basic guidance on design for safe cleaning and maintenance of external and internal glazing at height, and recommendations for safe working practices in the use of portable ladders where necessary, after assessment of the use of the other methods of safe temporary access given in this standard’s annexes.

This code of practice is not intended to offer comprehensive guidance for maintenance and redecoration of windows, where more specific safety measures are required.

Standard NumberBS 8213-1:2004
TitleWindows doors and rooflights Design for safety in use and during cleaning of windows, including door-height windows and roof windows. Code of practice
StatusConfirmed, Current
Publication Date01 October 2004
Confirm Date01 February 2012
Cross ReferencesBS 4873, BS 5974, BS 6037, BS 6100-1.3.5, BS 6100-1.3.6, BS 6180, BS 6375-2, BS 6399-1, BS 6399-2, BS 644, BS 6510, BS 7412, BS EN 364, BS EN 795, BS EN 1670, BS EN 13049, DD CEN/TS 13126-1:2004, DD CEN/TS 13126-5:2004, BS 6262:1982, BS 6262-4:1994, BS 7883:1997, BS 7950:1997, BS 8213-4:1990, BS 8220-1:2000, BS 8300:2001, BS EN 13115:2001, BS EN 354:2002, BS EN 355:2002, BS EN 358:2000, BS EN 360:2002, BS EN 361:2002, BS EN 362:1993, BS EN 363:2002, BS EN 364:1993, BS EN 365:1993, Building Regulations 2000, Building Standards (Scotland) Regulations 1990, Building Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1994, Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 1994, Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, Construction (Design and Management) (Amendment) Regulations 2000, Directive on Temporary Work at Height, Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992. Approved Code of Practice and guidance. L24, Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Construction (Design and Management Regulations
ReplacesBS 8213-1:1991
DescriptorsWindows, Cleaning, Window panes, Glazing, Rooflights, Doors, Occupational safety, Safety measures, Design, Maintenance, Opening windows, Accident prevention
ISBN0 580 44492 9
File Size414.7 KB

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