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British Standard for fixings

British Standard for fixingsBSI have just published as a "Draft for Public Comment" a new British Standard - "BS 8539: 2012 Code of practice for the selection and installation of post-installed anchors in concrete and masonry." This code is intended to set out the roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders involved in the use of anchors in construction in the UK from manufacturers and specifiers through distributors to contractors, installers and testers. It is expected to change the way fixings are selected and installed making them safer and protecting everyone's liabilities. To view the draft and comment on it go to - just follow the link and type 8539 into the search box. You need to register on the Draft Review System in order to comment, but registration is free and only takes a few seconds. The comment stage ends at the end of April and it is hoped to publish in September. The code places emphasis on the benefits of using anchors qualified with European Technical Approvals (ETA). The BS sets out test regimes for those cases where anchors (either with or without ETA) are to be used in masonry and no manufacturer recommended load data is available. It also makes it clear that anchor specifications should not be changed without a proper change management procedure being followed.

News Archive

DeWalt joins CFA.(17 April 2015)
DeWALT, part of Stanley Black & Decker Inc., whose tools have for some time become a familiar site on UK construction sites, has now the Construction Fixings Association in recognition of the fact that there is now also a wide range of anchoring products available under the DeWALT brand.

Insight - new quarterly newsletter launched.(29 09 2014)
To communicate even more effectively with all stakeholders interested in the correct use of Construction Fixings the CFA has launched a quarterly newsletter.

British Standard for fixings.(23/3/2012)
BS 8539: Code of practice for the selection and installation of post-installed anchors in concrete and masonry; is published in draft form by BSI for review and comment by all interested parties.

New Guidance on Scaffold anchors published.(31/5/2011)
The CFA and NASC have published a revised version of their joint publication TG4 Anchors for scaffolding now pithily designated TG4:11. Go to the Guidance Notes section to download a copy.

First Approved Distributor Event.(2/10/2008)
The first Approved Distributors annual Event was held at the National Motorcycle Museum on 25 September 2008 and attended by 32 delegates. Presentation topics included world fixings markets, resin anchoring systems, avoiding fixing failures and the new CFA scheme for Approved Testers.

International Members welcomed into CFA.(17/7/2008)
Although essentially a UK based organisation the CFA includes as Full Members companies with European roots and world wide marketing interests. International Membership has been set up for companies in overseas markets who sell Full Members products - even under own branding arrangements - who share our key objective of ENSURING BEST FIXINGS PRACTICE and meet our high standards in Customer Service - Technical Support and Commercial Integrity.

CFA now a company limited by Guarantee.(26/2/2007)
The Construction Fixings Association is now a Company Limited by Guarantee. In order to move forward even more strongly and build on the reputation which the CFA has gained since its inception in 1979 the members have formed themselves into a non-profit making company. Click for more details.