BS 4163:2014 Health and safety for design and technology in educational and similar establishments. Code of practice

BS 4163:2014

Health and safety for design and technology in educational and similar establishments. Code of practice

Status : Confirmed, Current   Published : August 2014



What is this standard about?

This code of practice sets out the most up-to-date health and safety requirements for the teaching of design and technology in schools and other educational establishments.

Who is this standard for? 

  • Heads of design and technology in schools
  • Health and safety managers in educational facilities
  • Health and safety consultants
  • Teachers, students and workshop leaders
  • Manufacturers of design and technology tools for schools

Why should you use this standard? 

This code of practice provides recommendations and guidance for personnel responsible for planning services, equipment and machinery plus those who might use design and technology facilities, in all types of educational establishments.

It gives clear guidance for personnel who are responsible for planning services, machine tools or machine handling, and for anyone who is involved with the various design and technology facilities. 

“Design and technology in schools” refers to all teaching and workshop areas where materials are manipulated and processed. These include building services, food preparation equipment, textile machinery and accessories, electronics, plastics-working machinery and woodworking, motor vehicles workshops and computer areas.

What’s changed since the last update?

This is a revised code of practice and has been systematically updated by experts in line with technological, educational and health and safety developments. 

Standard NumberBS 4163:2014
TitleHealth and safety for design and technology in educational and similar establishments. Code of practice
StatusConfirmed, Current
Publication Date31 August 2014
Confirm Date04 February 2020
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)BS 5169, BS EN 60335, BS 1363-1, ISO 7010:2011, BS EN 60204-1, BS 5499-4, BS 5733, BS EN ISO 7010, BS EN 61008-1, BS EN 60669-2-4, BS EN 61009-1, BS 1363-2, BS EN 60898-1, BS 1710, BS 4411, BS 7671, BS 2769-1, BS EN 352-1, BS 7288, BS EN 60309-2, BS 1363-4, BS EN 149:2001+A1:2009, BS EN 166:2002, BS EN 847-1:2017, BS EN 60529:1992+A2:2013, BS EN 60947-3:1999, BS 546
Informative References(Provided for Information)Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992, Pressure Systems and Transportable Gas Containers Regulations 1989, Environmental Protection Act 1990, Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, Electricity at Work Regulations 1989., Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 2013, Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005, Food Premises (Registration) Regulations 1991 (as amended), Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002, Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996, Equality Act 2010, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH)Regulations 2002 (asamended), Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, Fire and Rescue Services (Northern Ireland) Order, Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994, Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000, Food Safety Act 1990, Fire (Scotland) Act 2005, Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998
ReplacesBS 4163:2007
Draft Superseded By14/30270861 DC
DescriptorsBuilding services, Educational facilities, Health and safety requirements, Teaching, Adhesives, Heat engineering, Portable, Schools, Moulding (process), Health and safety management, Heat engineering components, Cloth, Workshops, Materials handling, Food preparation equipment, Chemical hazards, Hand tools, Environment (working), Wood, Metalworking, Garages (commercial), Plastics-working machinery, Risk assessment, Metalworking machines, Planning, Design, Personnel, Equipment safety, Safety measures, Chemical technology equipment, Moulding equipment, Asbestos, Textile machinery and accessories, Woodworking machines, Machine tools, Hazards, Plastics, Chemical technology processes
ISBN978 0 580 80544 8
File Size1.017 MB

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