Last edited 02 Mar 2021

BS 7883


[edit] Introduction

The British Standards Institution (BSI) is the UK National Standards Body (NSB). It publishes standards and provides a range of books, self-assessment tools, conferences and training services. It also represents UK economic and social interests in European and international standards organisations.

[edit] BS 7883

BS 7883:2019 is the British Standard that covers anchor systems designed to ensure that people working at heights are adequately protected. It includes design, installation and inspection of anchor systems, which are a critical component of personal fall protection equipment.

The standard is intended for:

BS 7883:2019 is a major revision of the 2005 edition and complements BS 8610, BS EN 795 and PD CEN/TS 16415.

[edit] How the standard can be used

BS 7883:2005 is widely used throughout the world, but as of late 2020 the 2019 revision has not commonly been adopted by the industry, due to the technical process and commercial challenges it presents. Clients and specifiers should ensure suppliers are complying with the current revision.

It offers guidance that clarifies terminology, provides examples of inspection requirements and results and identifies hidden characteristics of pre-existing anchor systems.

The primary goal of the standard is to define a suitable procedure for installers and inspectors of anchor systems to follow. It is only suitable for anchor systems used for the direct attachment of personal fall protection systems in the workplace.

Additional guidance on the selection, use and maintenance of personal fall protection systems and equipment is covered in BS 8437; guidance on the use of rope access methods is covered in BS 7985.

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