BS 8560:2012 Code of practice for the design of buildings incorporating safe work at height

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BS 8560:2012

Code of practice for the design of buildings incorporating safe work at height

Status : Current, Work in hand   Published : December 2012



What is this standard about?

BS 8560:2012 looks at the considerations for incorporating safe work at height into the design of buildings.

Who is this standard for?

  • Designers/architects/engineers
  • Construction industry
  • Inspectors
  • Health and safety/accident prevention officers
  • Cleaning/maintenance industry

Why should you use this standard?

BS 8560:2012 encourages designers to assess, as early as possible in the design process, how work at height can be minimized, and where required the provision of practical, efficient, cost-effective solutions for the safety of those who work at height.

New build and refurbishment projects require people to work at height over the lifespan of a building to construct, clean, maintain and repair it. By its nature, work at height is hazardous and presents the risk of a fall. Falls from height account for a significant proportion of fatalities and serious injuries experienced during construction and maintenance. As a significant health and safety risk, it is important that everyone who works within the construction industry gives it appropriate attention. Designers are pivotal in the early stages of this process.

The standard gives guidance on areas that include design development, communication, buildability and balancing capital and life cycle costs.

Standard NumberBS 8560:2012
TitleCode of practice for the design of buildings incorporating safe work at height
StatusCurrent, Work in hand
Publication Date31 December 2012
Confirm Date01 November 2017
Cross ReferencesBS 4211, BS 5395-1, BS 5395-2, BS 5395-3, BS 5974, BS 6037-1, BS 6037-2, BS 7883, BS 7981, BS 7985, BS 8213-1, BS 8437, BS 8460, BS EN 516, BS EN 517, BS EN 795, BS EN 1808, BS EN 12811-1, BS ISO 7010, BS ISO 22846-1, BS ISO 22846-2, BS ISO 15686-5, The Work at Height Regulations 2005, The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations, 2007, The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment, Regulations, 1998, The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations, 1998
Draft Superseded By12/30235507 DC
DescriptorsStructural design, Surfaces, Design, Roughness (surface), Noise control (acoustic), Safety measures, Loading, Slip, Dimensions, Stability, Fire safety, Lighting levels
ISBN978 0 580 73064 1
File Size726 KB

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