BS 5974:2017 Planning, design, setting up and use of temporary suspended access equipment - Code of practice

BS 5974:2017

Planning, design, setting up and use of temporary suspended access equipment. Code of practice

Status : Current   Published : October 2017



What is this standard about?

Temporary suspended access equipment (TSAE) supports or contains people working at height. Typically it is a temporary suspended platform (TSP), work cage or chair; suspended from a suspension rig; assembled at the place of work; used to carry out specific tasks; and then dismantled and removed when the specific tasks are completed to be used elsewhere.

This standard provides recommendations on choosing and using this type of equipment – as defined in BS EN 1808 – in the safest way. 

NOTE: Non-standard installations are covered by this standard, but steeplejacks and steeplejack operations are not; nor is permanently installed suspended access equipment, which can be found in BS 6037-1.

Who is this standard for?

It will be used by the manufacturers and designers of suspended access equipment for design and quality management. The standard will also be used in a wide range of industries, including:

  • Building construction and maintenance including building refurbishment
  • Transport
  • Shipbuilding and marine engineering
  • Food and manufacturing industries
  • Telecommunications
  • Entertainment
  • Equipment hire

Specifically the standard will be used by:

  • Building owners
  • Facility managers
  • Safety officers and specifiers
  • Structural and construction engineers
  • Specialist access consultants
  • Principal designers
  • Window cleaners
  • Façade designers
  • Insurance companies
  • Notified bodies
  • Work at height training organizations
  • Test bodies

Why should you use this standard?

BS 5974 gives recommendations and guidance that enables TSAE to be installed (erected, altered and dismantled), maintained, examined and used in a safe manner. It also sets out the responsibilities of all parties involved with those activities. 

Since falls from height are among the most common causes of fatalities in the workplace, this standard is important for health and safety. It also enables businesses carrying out this type of work to set best practices; and it maintains a high standard of work for all suppliers.

What’s changed since the last update?

Significant advances have been made in the technology affecting machine design, safety and working practices since 2010, as well as in regulation. This is a full revision of the standard. It introduces changes as a result of amendments to the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) and Work at Height Regulations. It also introduces updates to:

  • The use of auxiliary hoists
  • Rescue requirements

Standard NumberBS 5974:2017
TitlePlanning, design, setting up and use of temporary suspended access equipment. Code of practice
Publication Date25 October 2017
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)BS EN 60529:1992+A2:2013, BS EN 1991-1-4:2005+A1:2010, BS EN 74-1:2005, BS EN 12811-1:2003, BS EN 795:2012, BS 7375:2010, BS EN 1808:2015, BS 7883:2005, BS EN 1995-1-1:2004+A2:2014, BS EN 60309-2:1999+A2:2012, BS 4444:1989
Informative References(Provided for Information)Shipbuilding and Ship repairing Regulations 1960, Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) 1998, Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992, Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1998, HSE L22:1998, Construction (Design and Management) (CDM) Regulations 2015, Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 1992, Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, Work at Height Regulations 2005, Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, HSE L113:1998, Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 2002, BS ISO 4309:2010
ReplacesBS 5974:2010
Draft Superseded By17/30343371 DC
DescriptorsScaffolding fixing components, Scaffolding processes, Safety anchorages, Construction equipment, Stability, Safety lines, Erecting (construction operation), Marking, Construction workers, Lifting equipment, Strength of materials, Electrical equipment, Bosuns chairs, Inspection, Factor of safety, Structural design, Winches, Scaffolding components, Design, Training, Safe working load, Dimensions, Construction operations, Cradles (hoists), Occupational safety, Temporary structures, Management, Decking (scaffolding), Electrical safety, Mobile working platforms, Lightning, Scaffolds, Passenger hoists, Suspended scaffolds, Ropes, Roofs, Design calculations, Loading
ISBN978 0 580 94656 1
File Size1.965 MB

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