BS 5975:2019 Code of practice for temporary works procedures and the permissible stress design of falsework

BS 5975:2019

Code of practice for temporary works procedures and the permissible stress design of falsework

Status : Current   Published : May 2019



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What is this standard about?

BS 5975 gives recommendations for temporary structures on building sites, with practical guidelines on design, specification, construction and the use and dismantling of falsework. It should be noted that the changes in this revision affect Sections 1 and 2 only, and that Section 3 remains unchanged.

Who is this standard for?

Formwork and falsework clients

Principal contractors and sub-contractors

Designers of permanent works and/or temporary works

Suppliers of temporary works equipment

Professional bodies for construction management

Specialist consulting engineers

Construction companies

Energy and infrastructure services

Consultancy practices

Training providers

Government agencies

Health and safety advisors

Local authorities, councils and  building control officers

Educators in universities and colleges

Why should you use this standard?

BS 5975 gives recommendations and guidance on the procedural controls to be applied to all aspects of temporary works. It also includes guidance on design, specification, construction, use and dismantling of falsework and guidance on permissible stress design of falsework. This guidance also applies to the design of what is termed “class A” falsework in BS EN 12812, the design of which is specifically excluded from BS EN 12812.

Section 1 of BS 5975 gives recommendations in relation to training and education.

Section 2 gives recommendations for the procedures required to ensure that temporary works are conceived, designed, specified, constructed, used and dismantled in a safe and controlled manner suitable for all construction projects.

The Standard recognizes that more complex projects require more control measures and that additional client-specific procedures might be required on major infrastructure projects. Section 2 includes clauses on the roles of clients, permanent works designers and construction management organizations.

Section 3 covers the design of temporary works and in particular the design of falsework and relevant formwork. It also covers:

Materials including material factors

Loads and load factors

Design of falsework, including both proprietary equipment and traditional scaffolding solutions

Wind loading (reference to temporary and permanent stability) and reference to other British Standards for the design of structural steelwork, reinforced concrete and excavation support.

The structural design element in this standard is additional information necessary for the structural design of falsework. It can be used in conjunction with existing structural standards.

What’s changed since the last update?

This edition revises Sections 1 and 2 of the 2011 version. The principal changes are:

Details about the procedures which clients, permanent works designers and temporary works designers should adopt have been added.

The standard has been updated to take account of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM), particularly in respect of the interface between the design of permanent works and the design of temporary works.

Terms and definitions have been updated.

The principal contractor’s temporary works co-ordinator (PC's TWC) retains overall responsibility for the temporary works on the site, but where another contractor manages their own temporary works within that site, they have their own procedures and appoint their own TWC.

Standard NumberBS 5975:2019
TitleCode of practice for temporary works procedures and the permissible stress design of falsework
Publication Date30 May 2019
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)BS EN 1992-1-1, BS 1881-120, BS EN 12813, BS 8110-3, BS 8002, BS 5507-3, BS EN 1991-1-6, BS 8110-1, BS EN 1011-1, BS 1881-118, BS EN 1991-1-1, BS 1881-115, BS 1881-119, BS 1881-116, BS EN 74-1, BS EN 1011-2, BS 8110-2, BS 6399-1, BS 5507-1, BS 648, BS 1881-117, BS EN 12812:2008, BS 5268-2:2002, PD 6688-1-4:2009, BS EN 39:2001, BS 1139-1:1982, BS EN 1313-2:1999, BS EN 1065:1999, BS EN 1991-1-4:2005+A1:2010, BS EN 10025-2:2004, BS 4978:1996, BS 5756:2007, BS EN 1313-1:1997, BS 449-2:1969, BS EN 12811-1:2003, BS 5628-1:2005, NA to BS EN 1991-1-4:2005+A1:2010, BS 5930:1999
Informative References(Provided for Information)BS 8004:1986, BS 1139-2.2:1991, BS EN 12812:2004, BS 1377-9:1990, BS 1377-7:1990, BS EN 1991-1-4:2005+A1:2010, BS 6399-2:1997, BS 1377-2:1990, BS 1377-5:1990, BS 1139-1.2:1990, Work at Height Regulations 2005, BS EN 1993-1-1, CIRIA Report 136:1995, BS 4604-1, BS 4360, Health and Safety at Work, etc. Act 1974, CIRIA Report 108:1995, BS 1377-4, BS 1377-6, BS 6349-7, NASC TG20:2013, BS 8118, BS 1377-3, BS EN 14081-1, NASC SG4:2015, Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, BS EN 1991-1-3, BS 1377-8, BS 6349-1, BS EN 74-2, BS 1377-1, BS 4604-2, PAS 8812, CIRIA Report C579:2003, BS 6031
ReplacesBS 5975:2008+A1:2011
Draft Superseded By17/30349707 DC
DescriptorsField testing, Scaffolding components, Bending stress, Factor of safety, Structural design, Foundations, Building sites, Temporary structures, Struts, Falsework, Erecting (construction operation), Girders, Soils, Loading, Structural steels, Site investigations, Bailey bridges, Strength of materials, Independent scaffolds, Structural timber, Brickwork, Hardwoods, Props, Traffic, Concretes, Maintenance, Dimensions, Supports, Beams, Design, Ground-water drainage, Stress analysis, Density, Axial stress, Softwoods, Modulus of elasticity, Climatic loading, Mass, Stability, Steels, Structural systems, Structural members, Mechanical properties of materials, Legislation, Mobile scaffolds, Wind loading, Blocks (building), Visual inspection (testing), Soil testing
ISBN978 0 580 96022 2
File Size22.54 MB

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