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Breaking Down the Barriers to Legislation

Aug 09, 2018

The protection of people from an unsafe drop, through the use of barriers and edge safety, is built upon regulations, legislation and standards. 

If you're struggling to know which loading's apply to your project or how high your balustrades need to be, the below regulations and standards are a great place to start. 

British Standards

A British Standard is the specification of a recommended procedure, quality of output, terminology, and other details, in a field, drawn up and published by the British Standards Institution (BSI).

Standards that apply to barriers include:

  • BS6180:2011 Code of Practice for Barriers In and About Buildings
  • BS6399-1:1996 Loadings of Buildings - Part 1: Code of Practice for Dead and Imposed Loads
  • BS5395-1:2010 Stairs. Code of Practice for the Design of Stairs
  • ES EN 1991-1-1:2002 Densities, Self-Weight, Imposed Loads for Buildings
  • BS8300:2009 Design of Buildings and their Approaches to Meet the Needs of Disabled People
  • BSEN 14122 Part 3 Stairways, Stepladders and Guard-Rails
  • BS8539:2012 Code of Practice for the Selection and Installation of Post-installed Anchors in Concrete and Masonry
  • BSI Kitemark for Protective Barrier Systems 

Building Regulations

Building Regulations are minimum standards for the design and construction of buildings to ensure the health and safety of people in or about the structure.

There are several Approved Documents that apply to the use of barriers in and around buildings, these include:

  • Approved Document B - Fire Safety
  • Approved Document K - Protection from Falling, Collision and Impact
  • Approved Document M - Access To and Use of Buildings
  • Approved Document N - Glazing - Safety in Relation to Impact, Opening and Cleaning

If you want to know more about barrier legislation in relation to balustrades and handrails, join us at one of our events or contact Delta Balustrades.

Find our next event here.


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