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Code of practice for the design, selection, installation, use and maintenance of anchor devices conforming to BS EN 795

Executive summary

Recommendations for the design, selection, installation, use and maintenance of anchor devices conforming to BS EN 795.

Abstract

This British Standard provides recommendations for the design, selection, installation, use and maintenance of anchor devices conforming to BS EN 795, and for the design of anchor systems for installation at specific sites. It also gives guidance on the manufacture of anchor devices and systems to assist the manufacturer in ensuring conformity to BS EN 795.

This standard also provides recommendations for the installation of anchor devices in existing buildings and in new construction. It also provides advice on methods for assessing the suitability of installed anchor devices and anchor systems.

The standard is applicable only to anchor devices and systems for the direct attachment of personal fall protection systems and equipment for use in the workplace to prevent and/or arrest falls from a height. It is not applicable to anchor devices or systems for attachment of collective fall protection systems, for example work positioning platforms (such as suspended access cradles) and fall arrest nets. It is not intended to apply to anchor devices and systems for the attachment of personal fall protection systems and equipment for use in leisure activities or in professional or private sports activities.

The standard is intended for use by designers, manufacturers, installers and users of anchor devices and anchor systems. It is also intended for use by other designers, e.g. architects and structural engineers, including those who are responsible for the design of safe access routes on buildings and structures.

This revision of BS 7883 gives advice additional to that in the 1997 edition of BS 7883 on safety issues regarding installation of anchor devices, in particular the following.

  • It gives recommendations on the correct use of components of anchor devices, with particular emphasis on the importance of using components in a system only in the way in which they have been approved for use in accordance with the type tests given in BS EN 795
  • It gives guidance on what should be done in the case of base materials of unknown strength
  • The force used for the proof load test for each anchor device following installation (except in cavity constructions) is recommended to be 6 kN, compared with 5 kN as currently recommended in BS EN 795:1997, A.2. This is because the performance requirements specified for components of personal fall protection systems and equipment (in, for example, BS EN 353-1, BS EN 353-2, BS EN 354, BS EN 355, BS EN 360 and BS EN 363) are based on the need to ensure that the impact force on the user during the arrest of a fall (a dynamic force) does not exceed 6 kN. These requirements are deemed to take precedence over the recommendation in BS EN 795 which, at the time of publication of this British Standard, is under revision and is likely to be changed to 6 kN.

It supersedes BS 7883:1997, which is withdrawn.

ISBN 0 580 46779 1

History and related standards

This British Standard supersedes BS 7883:1997, which is withdrawn.

This standard includes the following cross references:

BS 8213-1:2004, BS EN 795:1997.

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