BS 8437:2005+A1:2012 Code of practice for selection, use and maintenance of personal fall protection systems and equipment for use in the workplace
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BS 8437:2005+A1:2012

Code of practice for selection, use and maintenance of personal fall protection systems and equipment for use in the workplace

Status : Confirmed, Current   Published : April 2005



What is this standard about?

It’s crucial to prevent falls from height since this is one of the largest causes of death and injury in the workplace. This standard brings together best practice regarding personal fall protection from a large number of sources including information from manufacturers, research studies and training organizations.

Who is this standard for?

  • Employers, employees and self-employed persons who use personal fall protection systems and equipment
  • Designers, e.g. architects and structural engineers
  • Those responsible for the design of safe access routes on buildings and structures
  • Those who commission work at a height, e.g. building owners, contractors and trainers

Why should you use this standard?

It details the types of fall protection system and equipment available and gives guidance on their selection, use and maintenance, as well as the training of users. It also provides direction on the rescue of people working at a height, in the event of an accident.

What’s changed since the last update?

This first amendment to BS 8437 supersedes the 2005 version of the standard which has been withdrawn. The standard was amended to take in changes to regulation, other standards and technical revisions.  

Standard NumberBS 8437:2005+A1:2012
TitleCode of practice for selection, use and maintenance of personal fall protection systems and equipment for use in the workplace
StatusConfirmed, Current
Publication Date29 April 2005
Confirm Date01 November 2017
Cross ReferencesBS 7985:2009, BS EN 353-1, BS EN 353-2, BS EN 354, BS EN 355, BS EN 358:2000, BS EN 360, BS EN 361, BS EN 362, BS EN 363, BS EN 795:1997, BS EN 813, BS EN 892:1996, BS EN 1497, BS EN 1891, ISO 1140:1990, ISO 1141:1990, BS 4275:1997, BS 5975:2008+A1:2011, BS 7028:1999, BS 7883:1997, BS 8454, BS 8513, BS EN 136:1998, BS EN 140:1999, BS EN 143:2000, BS EN 149:2001, BS EN 166:2002, BS EN 341, BS EN 352, BS EN 364:1993, BS EN 365:2004, BS EN 374-1:2003, BS EN 388:2003, BS EN 397:1995, BS EN 407:1994, BS EN 420:2003, BS EN 458:1994, BS EN 1496:1996, BS EN 12275:1998, BS EN 12277:1998, BS EN 12492:2000, BS EN 14387, BS EN ISO 9001:2000, PD 6484:1979, PD 6636:1998, 89/686/EEC
Amended ByAmendment, August 2012
Draft Superseded By12/30247883 DC
DescriptorsRestraint systems (protective), Safety devices, Ropes, Maintenance, Safety lines, Falling (accident), Fall arrest systems, Occupational safety, Selection, Risk assessment, Accident prevention, Safety anchorages, Inspection, Rescue equipment
ISBN978 0 580 75660 3
File Size5.149 MB

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