BS 8437:2005+A1

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

The British Standards Institution (BSI) has issued Amendment 1 to BS 8437:2005 (August 2012). BS 8437:2005+A1:2012 supersedes BS 8437:2005, which is withdrawn.

BS 8437:2012, “… gives recommendations and guidance on the selection, use and maintenance of personal fall protection systems and equipment for use in the workplace to prevent and/or to arrest falls from a height, including systems and equipment suitable for use in rescue. It also gives guidance on rescue of persons working at a height, in the event of an accident”.

The main changes include:

• Legislative updates
• Update of Table 1, Illustration of hierarchy of protective measures
• Clarified advice on work restraint systems
• Latest information on suspension intolerance (previously known as suspension trauma)
• Further advice on twin-tailed lanyards (and a link to BS 8513)
• Further advice on retractable type fall arresters
• A warning on the use of a vertical anchor line and a guided type fall arrester
• A cross reference to BS 8454:2006, Code of practice for the delivery of training and education for work at height and rescue
• A note about anchors to BS EN 795:1997, Classes A, C and D not being considered by the European Commission to be “personal protective equipment”
• Updated references and bibliography

For further details, see Annex.

©The heightec Group Ltd, August 2012


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