BS 8460:2005 - Safe use of MEWPs. Code of practice – BSI British Standards
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BS 8460:2005

Safe use of MEWPs. Code of practice

Status : Superseded, Withdrawn   Published : December 2005 Replaced By : BS 8460:2017

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BS 8460:2005 gives guidance and recommendations for persons responsible for the selection, hiring, positioning, maintenance and thorough examination of mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs).  It also gives guidance and recommendations for the safe use of MEWPs, including the selection and training of operators and other personnel, together with guidance to assist in the selection of competent persons.

NOTE 1 This British Standard does not give recommendations for delivering persons and materials to fixed landing levels.  Equipment intended for this purpose, such as lifts or hoists, are dealt with by other standards including BS EN 12158-1, Builder’s hoists for goods, BS EN 12159, Builder’s hoists for goods and passengers and BS EN 81, Safety rules for the construction and installation of lifts.

NOTE 2 Mast climbing work platforms (MCWPs) conforming to BS EN 1498, suspended access equipment defined in accordance with BS EN 1808, lifting tables defined in accordance with BS EN 1570, fire fighting and fire rescue appliances defined in accordance with BS EN 1777, and non-integrated working platforms on forklift trucks are not included within the scope of this British Standard.


1  Scope
2  Normative references
3  Terms and definitions
4  Hazards associated with the use of MEWPs
5  Management
6  Safety at worksites
7  Selection and minimum attributes of personnel
8  Training of personnel
9  Planning a job
10  Positioning and setting up the machine
11  Operation
12  Maintenance, checks and inspections
13  Thorough examination, including testing
Annex A (informative) Example of report of thorough examination and load test certificate
Annex B (normative) Guidance on safe systems of work for exiting the work platform at height
Annex C (informative) Example of a report of thorough examination

Standard NumberBS 8460:2005
TitleSafe use of MEWPs. Code of practice
StatusSuperseded, Withdrawn
Publication Date30 December 2005
Confirm Date01 December 2011
Withdrawn Date31 October 2017
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)BS 8437, BS EN 280, BS EN 45004
Informative References(Provided for Information)of abnormal loads and abnormal vehicles., OPERC. A voluntary code of practice for safe use of, Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous, DoT. Safety at street works and road works. A code of, Regulations 1994, Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1996, HSE Information Sheet INDG 367:2002, HSE L113:1998, The Highway Agency. Code of practice. Self-escorting, CIRIA publication 131:2003, BS 7121-1:2006, HSE leaflet INDG 73, cranes in and around airports, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH), AOA. Cranes and Planes. Guide to procedures for, (PUWER) 1998, Road Traffic Act 1991, (LOLER) 1998, BS 7985:2002, Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, IPAF/CPA Technical guidance note H1/05/05:2005, Air Navigation Order 2000, BS EN 795:1997, BS ISO 18878:2004, Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations, HSE Guidance Note HSG 136:1995, practice 2001, operation of cranes in the vicinity of aerodromes, 1999, Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Regulations 1992, HSE leaflet INDG 163
Replaced ByBS 8460:2017
Draft Superseded By05/30137479 DC
DescriptorsLifting equipment, Mobile working platforms, Personnel, Accident prevention, Training, Passenger hoists, Occupational safety, Inspection, Hoists, Maintenance, Elevating-platform trucks, Hazards, Materials handling equipment, Safety measures
ISBN0 580 47754 1
File Size622 KB

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