BS 7883:2019 Personal fall protection equipment. Anchor systems. System design, installation and inspection. Code of practice

BS 7883:2019

Personal fall protection equipment. Anchor systems. System design, installation and inspection. Code of practice

Status : Current   Published : November 2019



What is this standard about?

Personal fall protection equipment is designed to ensure that people working at height are adequately protected, and anchor systems are a critical component of PFPE. This British Standard gives recommendations for new anchor system design, installation, use, maintenance and inspection.

Who is this standard for?

  • System designers
  • Installers
  • Manufacturers
  • Inspectors and users of anchor devices and anchor systems
  • Other interested parties, e.g. architects and structural engineers
  • Those responsible for the design of safe access and egress on buildings and structures
  • Examining bodies covering the installation, testing, commissioning and examining in service of anchor devices according to BS EN 795

Why should you use this standard?

BS 7883 gives recommendations for the system design, installation, use, maintenance and inspection of new anchor systems, incorporating anchor devices conforming to BS EN 795, PD CEN/TS 16415 and/or anchor systems conforming to BS 8610. It also gives recommendations on the inspection of anchor systems not conforming to this British Standard.

Widely used throughout the world, the standard focuses on a structured process and is split into sections covering general information; system design including selection and positioning; installation; and inspection.

It gives clear technical detail and guidance that:

  • Establishes commons terms
  • Provides examples of inspection criteria and categories of inspection results, e.g. Pass; Conditional pass; Conditional fail; Fail
  • Provides guidance on reverse engineering design checks of hidden elements of previously installed anchor systems
  • Can be followed in a step by step process

The standard sets a high bar to ensure that installers and inspectors carry out their work in a suitable manner to increase safety for users and the installation quality of the anchor system.

NOTE 1: Anchor systems not conforming to this British Standard, but which have been inspected in accordance with Section 4, can only be certified as meeting the inspection recommendations of Section 4. The inspector can only claim that the anchor system conforms to the British Standard to which it was originally installed, e.g. “the anchor system was installed in accordance with BS 7883:2005 and the inspection has been carried out in accordance with BS 7883:2019, Section 4.”

NOTE 2: BS 7883 only applies to anchor devices and anchor systems for the direct attachment of personal fall protection systems for use in the workplace. It does not include:

a)      The lifting of equipment

b)      Anchor points comprising holes formed in the base material for the direct attachment of personal fall protection equipment, e.g. hole drilled through steel girder

c)       Anchor points formed by the welded attachment of bars or plates to steel structures for the direct attachment of the personal fall protection equipment (PFPE), e.g. loops of steel bar or flat plates incorporating a hole, welded to a steel structure, unless:

1)      Such anchor points form part of a manufactured product which has been successfully tested in accordance with BS 8610; or

2)      The manufacturer, installer or examiner of such anchor points can demonstrate that the anchor point conforms to all relevant requirements of BS 8610 or BS EN 795, in which case the documentation certifying conformity to BS 8610 or BS EN 795 becomes part of the documentation provided to the owner

d)      Anchor devices or anchor systems for attachment of collective fall protection systems, e.g. work positioning platforms and fall arrest nets

e)       Personal fall protection systems and equipment for use in leisure activities or in professional and private sports activities.

NOTE 3: Advice on the selection, use and maintenance of personal fall protection systems and equipment for use in the workplace is given in BS 8437 and recommendations and guidance on the use of rope access methods for industrial purposes are given in BS 7985.

What’s new since the last update?

This is a major revision of the 2005 edition and complements BS 8610, BS EN 795 and PD CEN/TS 16415.

New content includes:

  • The introduction of the System Designer role
  • Comprehensive details of documentation contents including: System Design Specification; System Technical File; Examination Scheme for Inspection; Operation and Maintenance (O&M) Manual
  • Positioning and installation information for rope access, including deviations and edge management
  • Examples of design calculations
  • Examples of calculations for proof test loads and test methods
  • Examples of calculating imposed loadings on the structure
  • Reverse engineering checks for hidden elements on previously installed anchor systems

Inspection of anchor devices and anchor systems to earlier versions of BS 7883

Standard NumberBS 7883:2019
TitlePersonal fall protection equipment. Anchor systems. System design, installation and inspection. Code of practice
Publication Date29 November 2019
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)BS 8213-1:2004, BS 8437:2005+A1:2012, BS EN 795:2012, BS 7985:2013, BS 8539, BS EN 12841, BS ISO 22846, PD CEN/TS 16415, BS 8610
Informative References(Provided for Information)BS EN 353-1:2017, BS EN 360, Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998, Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, Work at Height Regulations 2005, Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, BS EN 358:2018, BS EN 362:2004, BS EN 365:2004, BS ISO 6707-1:2017, BS EN 361:2002, PD 6484:1979, BS 6100-1:2004, BS EN 363:2018, BS EN 354:2010, BS EN 355:2002, BS EN 341:2011
ReplacesBS 7883:2005
Draft Superseded By19/30345056 DC
DescriptorsAccident prevention, Safety anchorages, Installation, Industrial, Marking, Restraint systems (protective), Inspection, Falling (accident), Structural members, Safety lines, Safety harnesses, Instructions for use, Examination (quality assurance), Safety devices, Design, Classification systems
ISBN978 0 580 94933 3
File Size6.299 MB

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