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Approvals, Standards, Codes

There a number of regulations, standards and codes that govern and provide guidance on how to use construction fixings correctly and effectively.  Key among these is BS8539:2012 which is a highly significant code of practice which covers all aspects of selection and installation of fixings and the roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders in the process.

 It may be worth clarifying the distinction between regulations, standards and codes.

 It's the difference between "must" and "should".

 Regulations, such as the  Building Regulations and forthcoming Construction Products Regulation have the force of law andmustbe complied with, or we risk committing an offence,  whereas Standards, be they International (ISO), European (CEN) or British (BSI) standards (including Codes of Practice, which are still standards) do not have the force of law as they simply represent the state of the art and best practice as determined by panels of experts, they are essentially "Recommendations" rather than requirements so theyshouldbe adhered to. However should there be an accident then standards and codes will be relied upon to inform the court as to what should have been done. Compliance with standards and codes is therefore always the best approach. Of course it is to be expected that complying with British Standards and Codes of Practice will avoid accidents in the first place.  

 

In the associated sections accessible below the items of most interest are likely to be the new Code of Practice BS 8539 important to all stakeholders, The Construction Products Regulation (especially for Distributors), hEN1992-4 for Design of Fastenings within the European Standards section (especially for specifiers) and European Technical Assessments, (particularly for Specifiers and Contractors).

 

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Click here for key British Standards

Click here for details of European Standards

Click here for details of European Technical Assessments