BS 6187:2000 - Code of practice for demolition – BSI British Standards

BS 6187:2000

Code of practice for demolition

Status : Revised, Superseded, Withdrawn   Published : September 2000 Replaced By : BS 6187:2011

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Code of practice for demolition

Executive summary

Recommendations for the demolition and decommissioning of sites including buildings and structures.


This British Standard recommends good practice methods for the demolition (both partial and whole), as well as decommissioning, of sites including buildings and structures. It takes into account safety, health and issues which affect the protection of environment. Recommendations are covered for:

a) the proper, and effective, management of the demolition process;

b) maintaining structural stability, through the provision of temporary structural support, where necessary;

c) managing deliberate structural collapse.

This code of practice provides recommendations for: identifying and establishing responsibilities during all phases of the demolition process; acquiring a knowledge of the site, including its former uses; appropriate environmental management; managing health and safety hazards; carrying out risk assessments, and planning the work accordingly; establishing and managing procedures effectively; determining and managing safe exclusion zones.

History and related standards

This British Standard supersedes BS 6187:1982 which is withdrawn.

This standard includes the following cross references:

BS 5228-1, BS 5228-2, BS 5228-4, BS 5607, BS 5837, BS 5973, BS 5974, BS 5975, BS 6100, BS 6164, BS 6399-2, BS 6472, BS 6482, BS 7121-1, BS 7121-2,

BS 7121-3, BS 7121-4, BS 7121-5, BS EN 1808.

Standard NumberBS 6187:2000
TitleCode of practice for demolition
StatusRevised, Superseded, Withdrawn
Publication Date15 September 2000
Withdrawn Date31 December 2011
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)No other standards are normatively referenced
Informative References(Provided for Information)Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 1994, Utilities Contracts Regulations 1996, Nuclear Installations (Dangerous Occurrences) Regulations 1965, Control of Industrial Major Accident Hazards Regulations 1984, Town & Country Planning Acts 1990, Planning (Listed Buildings & Conservation Areas) Act 1990, Building Act (England & Wales) 1984, Building Act (Scotland) 1959, Building Act (Scotland) 1970, Highways Act 1980, Roads Act (Scotland) 1984, New Roads and Street Works Act 1991, Party Wall etc. Act 1996, Building Operations Regulations (Scotland) 1975, Building Procedure Regulations (Scotland) 1981, Building Procedure Amendment Regulations (Scotland) 1991, Road Traffic (Temporary Restrictions) Act 1991, Traffic Signs Manual Chapter 8:1991, Management of health and safety at work, Environmental Protection Act 1990, Clean Air Act 1993, Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999, Construction (Health Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1998, Provision and Use of Work Equipment Re
Replaced ByBS 6187:2011
ReplacesBS 6187:1982
Draft Superseded By97/106292 DC
DescriptorsDemolition, Construction operations, Buildings, Structures, Safety measures, Occupational safety, Hazards, Health and safety requirements, Health and safety management, Stability, Environmental management, Risk assessment, Planning
Title in FrenchCode de bonne pratique pour la demolition
Title in GermanLeitfaden zum Abbruck
ISBN0 580 33206 3
File Size1.153 MB

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