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Health and Safety British Standards

For ease of reference, this page contains details of a number of British Standards that are relevant to Health and Safety at Work. British Standards are often cited as ‘best practice’ and whilst they do not in themselves offer a statutory defence, compliance with the relevant standard will often result in an acquittal on enforcement proceedings through the use of ‘best practicable means’.

Access equipment BS 6037

Acoustic measurement/machine tools BS 4813

Agricultural machinery: combine and forage harvesters BS EN 632

Agricultural machinery: silage cutters BS EN 703

Airborne noise emission – earth-moving machinery BS 6812
– hydraulic transmission systems BS 5944
– portable chain saws BS 6916

Ambient air: determination of asbestos fibres – direct-transfer transmission electron microscopy method BS ISO 10312

Anchorages
– industrial safety harnesses BS EN 795
– self-locking, industrial BS EN 353, 355, 360, 362, 365

Arc welding equipment BS 638

Artificial daylight lamps
– colour assessment BS 950
– for sensitometry BS 1380

Artificial lighting BS 8206

Barriers, in and about buildings BS 6180

Bromochlorodifluoromethane
– fire extinguishing systems BS 5306
– fire extinguishers BS 6535

Carbon steel welded horizontal
– cylindrical storage tanks BS 2594

Carpet cleaners, electric, industrial use BS 5415

Cellulose fibres BS 1771

Chain lever hoists BS 4898

Chain pulley blocks, hand-operated BS 3243

Chain slings
– alloy steel BS 3458
– high tensile steel BS 2902
– steel use and maintenance BS 6968
– welded BS 6304

Chairs
– adjustable office furniture BS 5459
– office furniture, design/dimensions BS 5940
– office furniture, ergonomic design BS 3044

Chemical protective clothing
– against gases and vapours pr EN 464
– liquid chemicals pr EN 463, 465, 466, 467, 468

Circular saws
– hand-held electric BS 2769
– safeguarding BS 6854
– woodworking BS 411

Cleaning and surface repair of buildings BS 6270

Closed circuit escape breathing apparatus BS 4667

Clothing for protection against intense heat BS EN 366, 367

Concrete cladding BS 8297

Construction equipment
– hoists BS 7212
– suspended safety chairs, cradles BS 2830

Control of noise (construction and open sites) BS 5228

Cranes, safe use BS 5744, 7121

Disabled people, means of escape BS 5588

Drill Rigs BS EN 791

Dust
– high efficiency respirators BS 7355, BS EN 143
– particulate emission BS 3405
– particulate emission, high accuracy BS 893

Ear protectors, sound attenuation measurement BS EN 24689-1

Earphones
– audiometry, calibration, acoustic couplers BS 4668
– audiometry, calibration ears BS 4669

Earthing BS 7430

Earth moving equipment BS 6912

Electrical equipment
– explosive atmospheres BS 4683, 5501, 5345, 6941
– fire hazard testing BS 6458
– guidance to wiring regulations BS 7671
– impedance measurement BS 6161

Electrical resistance materials
– bare fine resistance wires BS 1117
– conductor sizes, low-voltage industrial switchgear and controlgear BS EN 60947-1
– double electrical insulation BS 2754
– earth-leakage circuit-breakers
– AC voltage operated BS 842
– current-operated BS 4293
– portable RCDs BS 7071
– electric shock protection, construction of electrical equipment BS 2754
– enclosures for high-voltage cable terminations, transformers and reactors BS 6435
– fans, industrial BS 848
– industrial electric plugs BS 4343
– industrial machines BS 2771
– marking for low-voltage industrial switchgear/controlgear BS 6272
– metallic BS 115
– resistivity measurement BS 5714
– static electricity BS 5958
– switchgear BS 5486-1, 5227, 7354
– test for resistance per unit length BS 3466

Emergency exits BS 5725

Emergency lighting BS 5266

Environmental management systems BS 7750

Ergonomics of the thermal environment BS ISO 9920

Ergonomic requirements for office work with VDUs BS EN 29241

Eye protection
– equipment for eye, face and neck protection against non-ionising radiation during welding operations BS 1542
– glossary of terms BS EN 165
– specification for sunglaze filters used in personal eye protectors for industrial use BS EN 172

Eye protectors BS EN 166, 167, 168

Fabrics, curtains and drapes BS 5867

Falling-object protective structures BS 6912-7

Falsework, code of practice BS 5975

Filters – specification for infra-red filters used in personal eye protection equipment BS EN 171
– specification for personal eye protection equipment in welding BS EN 169
– specification for ultra-violet filters used in personal eye protection equipment BS EN 170

Fire blankets BS 6575

Fire classification BS EN 2

Fire detection/alarm systems BS 5839

Fire detection/alarm systems – design, installation and servicing of integrated systems BS 7807

Fire door assemblies BS 8214

Fire extinguishers
– disposable aerosol type BS 6165
– media BS 6535
– on premises BS 5306
– portable BS EN 3, BS 7863
– portable, recharging BS 6643

Fire hose reels (water) BS EN 671-1

Fire point determination, petroleum products
– Cleveland open cup method BS EN 22592
– Pensky-Martens apparatus method BS 2000(35)

Fire precautions in design/construction of buildings BS 5588

Fire protection measures, code of practice for operation BS 7273

Fire safety signs BS 5499

Fire terms BS 4422 Pt 4

Fire tests BS 476

Fire tests for furniture BS 5852

Firefighters gloves pr EN 659

First-aid reel/hoses BS 3169

Flameproof industrial clothing BS EN 469, 531

Flammability testing and performance BS 6249

Flammable liquids BS 476

Footwear
– footwear with midsole protection BS EN 347
– general and industrialised lined or unlined boots BS 6159 Pt 1
– lined industrialised vulcanised rubber boots BS 5145
– lined rubber safety boots BS EN 345, 346
– methods of test for safety BS EN 344
– other than all rubber and plastic moulded compounds BS EN 345, 346
– polyvinyl chloride boots BS 6159
– protective clothing for users of hand-held chain saws pr EN 381

PVC moulded safety footwear BS EN 345, 346
– requirements/test methods for safety protective and occupational footwear for professional use pr EN 344
– specification for safety footwear for professional use pr EN 347
– women’s protective footwear BS EN 346

Freight containers BS 3951

Gaiters and footwear for protection against burns and impact risks in foundries BS 4676

Gas detector tubes BS 5343

Gas fired hot water boilers BS 6798

Gas welding equipment BS EN 731

Glazing BS 6262

Gloves: medical gloves for single use BS EN 455

Gloves: rubber gloves for electrical purposes BS 697

Goggles, industrial/non-industrial use BS EN 166, 167, 168

Grinding machines
– hand-held electric BS 2769
– pneumatic, portable BS 4390
– spindle noses BS 1089

Head protection – fire fighters BS 3864

Headforms for use in testing protective helmets BS EN 960

Hearing protectors BS EN 352
– Part 1 Ear Muffs
– Part 2 Ear Plugs

High visibility warning clothing pr EN 471

Hoisting slings BS 6166
– alloy steel, chain BS 3458
– chain, welded BS 6304
– high tensile, steel chain BS 2902
– textile BS 6668
– wire rope BS 1290

Hoists
– construction, safe use BS 7212
– electric, passenger/materials BS 4465
– working platforms BS 7171

Hose reels with semi-rigid hose BS EN 671-1

Hose systems with lay-flat hose cloth for fixed fire fighting systems BS EN 671-2

Hot environments
– estimation of heat stress on the working man BS EN 27243

Household and similar electrical appliances BS EN 60335

Industrial gloves BS EN 374, 388, 407, 420

Industrial safety helmets, firemen’s BS 3864

Industrial trucks
– hand-operated stillage trucks, dimensions BS 4337
– pallet trucks, dimensions BS ISO 509
– pedals, construction/layout BS 7178

Insulating material BS 7737, BS 7831, BS 5626, BS EN 26874, BS EN 60383-2, BS 7822, BS 2844, BS 5691

Ionising radiation
– exposure rate calculation BS 4094
– units of measurement BS 5775

Jib cranes
– high pedestal and portal BS 2452
– power-driven, mobile BS 1757

Ladders
– code of practice BS 5395
– permanent for chimneys, high structures BS 4211
– portable aluminium BS 2037
– portable timber BS 1129

Lamps, artificial daylight, for colour assessment BS 950

Life jackets BS 394, 396

Lifting chains
– alloy, steel BS 3113
– high tensile steel BS 1663
– safe working on lifts BS 7255

Lighting systems: automatic change-over contractors for emergency lighting BS 764

Machine guards
– chain saws BS 6916
– conveyors and elevators BS 5667
– earth-moving equipment BS EN ISO 3457
– woodworking machines BS 6854

Machine tools
– emergency stop equipment, functional aspects BS EN 418
– noise measurement methods BS 4813
– safeguarding BS 5304

Machinery, safety of – drafting and presentation BS EN 414
– ergonomic design principles BS EN 614-1
– hazardous substances emitted by machines BS EN 626
– indication, marking and actuation requirements for visual, auditory and tactile signals BS EN 61310-1
– requirements for marking BS EN 61310-2
– minimum gaps to avoid crushing parts of body BS EN 349
– principles and specifications for machinery manufacturers BS EN 626-1

Machines, vibration BS 4675

Materials handling
– conveyor belts BS 5767
– freight containers BS 3951

Mobile cranes BS 1757

Mobile road construction machinery BS EN 500

Mortising machines, single chain BS 4361

Natural fibre ropes BS EN 698, 701, 1261
– cords, lines, twines BS 6125

Nets, safety BS 3913
– code of practice for use of safety nets, containment nets and sheets on construction sites BS 8093

Noise
– airborne, chain saws BS 6916
– airborne, earth-moving equipment BS 6812
– airborne, hydraulic transmission systems BS 5944
– effects on hearing handicap BS 5330
– industrial noise, method for rating BS 4142
– industrial premises, measurement BS 4142
– machine tools, measurement methods BS 4813
– sound exposure meters BS EN 61252

Noise induced hearing loss
– effects of noise exposure BS 5330
– pure tone air conduction threshold audiometry BS 6655

Occupational safety and health management systems BS 8800

Office buildings, fire precautions BS 5588

Office furniture, design/dimensions BS 5940

Office machines
– electrically energised, safety BS EN 60950, BS 7002
– keyboards, control keys BS ISO/IEC 9995 (1-8)
– noise measurement BS 7135

Oil burning equipment BS 799

Oil firing BS 5410

Open bar gratings – specification BS 4592 – Part I

Overhead travelling cranes – power-driven BS 466
– safe use BS 5744

Packaging
– pictorial marking for handling of goods BS EN 20780

Particulate air pollutants
– in effluent gases, measurement BS 3405
– in effluent gases, measurement, high accuracy BS 893

Passenger hoists
– electric, building sites BS 4465
– vehicular BS 6109
– working platforms, mobile, elevating BS 7171

Patent glazing BS 5516

Pedestrian guardrails (metal) BS 7818

Performance of windows BS 6375

Personal eye protection
– filters for welding and related techniques BS EN 169
– infrared filters BS EN 171
– non-optical test methods pr EN 168
– optical test methods pr EN 167
– specifications pr EN 166
– ultraviolet filters BS EN 170
– vocabulary pr EN 165

Pipelines, identification marking BS 1710, 4800

Pneumatic tools
– portable grinding machines BS 4390

Portable fire extinguishers BS EN 3, BS 7863

Portable tools
– electric, radio interference limits and measurements BS EN 55014
– pneumatic grinding machines BS 4390

Powder fire extinguishers
– disposable, aerosol type BS 6165
– extinguishing powders for BS EN 615
– on premises BS 5306
– portable, recharging BS 6643

Power take-off
– agricultural tractors, front-mounted BS 6818
– agricultural tractors, rear-mounted BS 5861

Powered industrial trucks
– controls, symbols BS 5829
– high-lift rider trucks, overhead guards BS 5933

Pressure vessels BS 5500

Process control – safety of analyser houses BS EN 61285

Protective barriers BS 6180

Protective cabs
– controls for external equipment BS 5731

Protective clothing
– against cold weather pr EN 342
– against foul weather pr EN 343
– against heat and fire BS EN 366
– against heat and flame BS EN 702
– against heat and flame – test method for limited flame spread BS EN 532
– against molten metal splash BS EN 373
– against risk of being caught up in moving parts BS EN 510
– eye, face and neck protection, welding BS 1542
– flameproof BS EN 469, 531
– for firefighters BS EN 469
– for industrial workers exposed to heat BS EN 531
– for use where there is risk of entanglement BS EN 510
– for users of hand-held chain saws BS EN 381
– for welders BS EN 470
– for workers exposed to heat BS EN 531
– gaiters for foundries BS 4676
– general requirements BS EN 340
– mechanical properties BS EN 863
– protection against heat and fire BS EN 366
– protection against intense heat BS EN 366, 367
– protection against liquid chemicals BS EN 369, 466, 467
– welding BS EN 470-1

Protective equipment
– against falls from a height BS EN 341
– against falls from a height – guided fall type arresters BS EN 353

Protective footwear
– antistatic rubber BS 5145, 7193
– firemen’s leather boots BS 2723
– for foundries BS 4676
– lined industrialised rubber boots BS 5145
– polyvinyl chloride boots BS 6159
– women’s BS EN 346

Protective gloves
– against chemicals and micro-organisms BS EN 374
– against cold BS EN 511
– against ionising radiation BS EN 421
– against mechanical risks BS EN 388
– against thermal hazards BS EN 407
– for users of hand-held chain saws BS EN 381
– general requirements BS EN 420
– mechanical test methods BS EN 388

Protective helmets BS EN 397

Quality control BS 5750

Radiation measures
– detectors, nuclear reactors BS 5548
– electroscope, exposure meters BS 3385
– film badges BS 3664
– neutron detectors BS 5552
– personal photographic dosimeters BS 6090

Radiation protection
– area radiation monitors, X-ray and gamma radiation BS 5566

Refrigeration systems BS 4434

Resistance to ignition of upholstered furniture
– for non-domestic seating BS 7176

Respirators
– full masks for respiratory protective devices BS 7355
– half and quarter face masks for respiratory protective devices BS 7356
– high-efficiency dust respirators BS 7355, BS EN 143
– positive pressure dust hoods and blouses BS EN 143, 146
– positive pressure dust respirators BS 7355, BS EN 143, 147

Respiratory protective devices BS EN 138, 139, 269, 270, 271

Roll-over protective structures
– industrial trucks, stacking with masted tilt forward BS 5778
– pallet stackers/high lift platform trucks BS 5777
– reach and straddle fork trucks BS 4436

Rope pulley blocks
– gin blocks BS 1692
– synthetic fibre BS 4344
– wire, heavy duty BS 4536

Rope slings
– fibre rope slings BS 6668
– wire rope slings BS 1290, 6210

Rubber/plastics injection moulding machines BS 6679

Safety anchorages
– industrial safety harnesses BS EN 795

Safety distances to prevent danger zones being reached by upper limbs BS EN 294

Safety harnesses
– industrial BS EN 354, 355, 358, 361-365
– industrial, manually operated positioning devices BS 6858

Safety helmets BS EN 397

Sampling methods
– airborne radioactive materials BS 5243
– particulate emissions BS 3405

Scaffolds, code of practice BS 5973, 5974

Scalp protectors BS 4033

Shaft construction and descent BS 8008

Sound insulation in buildings BS EN ISO 140

Staging
– lightweight portable timber BS 1129
– portable aluminium alloy BS 2037

Stairs, ladders, walkways BS 5395

Steam boilers
– electric boilers BS 1894
– safety valves for BS 6759
– welded steel low pressure boilers BS 855

Step ladders
– portable aluminium alloy BS 2037
– portable timber BS 1129

Storage tanks
– carbon steel welded horizontal cylindrical BS 2594
– vertical steel welded non-refrigerated butt-welded shells BS 2654

Suspended access equipment, permanently installed BS 6037

Suspended safety chairs BS 2830

Suspended scaffolds, temporarily installed BS 5974

Tables, office furniture, ergonomic design BS 3044

Textile floor coverings BS 5287

Textile machinery, safety requirements BS EN ISO 11111

Transportable gas containers
– acetylene containers BS 6071
– periodic inspection, testing and maintenance BS 5430
– welded steel tanks for road transport of liquefiable gases BS 7122

Travelling cranes, power-driven jib BS 357, 5744

Vertical steel welded non-refrigerated storage tanks, manufacture of BS 2654

Vibration measurement
– chain saws BS 6916
– rotating shafts BS ISO 7919-1

Visual display terminals, ergonomics and design BS 7179

Water absorption and translucency of china or porcelain BS 5416

Water services, installation, testing and maintenance BS 6700

Welders, protective clothing BS EN 470-1

Window cleaning BS 8213

Windows, performance of BS 6375

Woodworking machines BS 6854

Woodworking noise BS 7140

Wool and wool blends BS 1771

Working platforms
– mobile, elevating BS 7171
– permanent, suspended access BS 6037

Workplace atmospheres
– performance of procedures for measurement of chemical agents BS EN 482
– size definitions for measurement of airborne particulates BS EN 481

Workwear and career wear BS 5426

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