Section 3: Protection from falling

  1. Section 3

    Section 3

    Siting of pedestrian guarding For all buildings 3.1 Provide guarding in all of the following locations: a. where it is reasonably necessary for safety to guard the edges of any part of a floor (including the edge below an opening window), gallery, balcony, roof (including roof lights and other openings), any other place to which people have access, and any light well, basement or similar sunken area next to a building b. in vehicle parks. NOTE: You do not need to provide guarding in the following locations: a. on ramps used only for vehicle access b. in places such as loading bays where it would obstruct normal use. Design of guarding For all buildings 3.2 Guarding should be provided in accordance with all of the following. a. Ensure that guarding is, as a minimum, the height shown in Diagram 3.1. b. You can use any wall, parapet, balustrade or similar obstruction as guarding. c. Ensure that guarding can resist, as a minimum, the loads given in BS EN 1991-1-1 with its UK National Annex and PD 6688-1-1. d. Where glazing is used in the guarding, refer also to Section 5 in this approved document. NOTE: Typical locations for guarding are shown in Diagram 3.2. For further guidance on the design of barriers and infill panels, refer to BS 6180. Diagram 3.1 Guarding design Diagram 3.1 Guarding design 3.3 In a building that may be used by children under five years of age during normal use, guarding should be constructed in accordance with both of the following. a. To prevent children being held fast by the guarding: ensure that a 100mm sphere cannot pass through any openings in the guarding. b. To prevent children from readily being able to climb the guarding: avoid horizontal rails. Diagram 3.2 Typical Locations for guarding Part K Diagram 3.2 Typical Locations for guarding Part K Guarding of areas used for maintenance For all buildings 3.4 Where people will use the stairs or ladders to access areas for maintenance they should comply with one of the following. a. If access will be required frequently (e.g. a minimum of once per month): follow provisions such as those suggested for dwellings in this Approved Document (see Diagram 3.1). b. If access will be required less frequently than once a month: it may be appropriate to use temporary guarding or warning notices. The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 and the Work at Height Regulations 2005 give provisions for such measures. 3.5 Use signs as specified in the Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996.  

    • Diagram 1.1 Measuring rise and going Part K Diagram 1.1 Measuring rise and going Part K (Risers and Goings)
    • [caption id="attachment_8489" align="alignnone" width="935"]Diagram 1.2 Examples of suitable tread profiles Diagram 1.2 Examples of suitable tread profiles Part K

    • Diagram 1.3 Minimum headroom Part K Diagram 1.3 Minimum headroom Part K
    • Diagram 1.4 reduced headroom for loft conversions Part K Diagram 1.4 reduced headroom for loft conversions Part K
    • Diagram 1.5 dividing flights Part K Diagram 1.5 dividing flights Part K
    • Diagram 1.6 Change of direction in flights Part K Diagram 1.6 Change of direction in flights Part K
    • Diagram 1.7 Cupboard onto landing Part K Diagram 1.7 Cupboard onto landing Part K
    • Diagram 1.8 Landings next to doors in dwellings Part K Diagram 1.8 Landings next to doors in dwellings Part K
    • Diagram 1.9 Measuring tapered treads Part K Diagram 1.9 Measuring tapered treads Part K
    • Diagram 1.10 Alternating tread stair Part K Diagram 1.10 Alternating tread stair Part K
    • Diagram 1.11 Key dimensions for handrails for common stairs in blocks of flats Part K Diagram 1.11 Key dimensions for handrails for common stairs in blocks of flats Part K
    • Diagram 1.12 Key dimensions for handrails for stairs in buildings other than dwellings Part K Diagram 1.12 Key dimensions for handrails for stairs in buildings other than dwellings Part K
    • Diagram 1.13 Handrail design Part K Diagram 1.13 Handrail design Part K
    • Diagram 2.1 Relationship of ramp gradient to the going of a flight Part K Diagram 2.1 Relationship of ramp gradient to the going of a flight Part K
    • Diagram 2.2 ramp design Part K Diagram 2.2 ramp design Part K
    • Diagram 3.1 Guarding design Diagram 3.1 Guarding design
    • Diagram 3.2 Typical Locations for guarding Part K Diagram 3.2 Typical Locations for guarding Part K
    • Diagram 4.1 Barrier siting Part K Diagram 4.1 Barrier siting Part K
    • Diagram 4.2 barrier design Part K Diagram 4.2 barrier design Part K
    • Diagram 4.3 Loading bay Part K Diagram 4.3 Loading bay Part K
    • Diagram 5.1 Critical glazing locations in internal and external walls Part K Diagram 5.1 Critical glazing locations in internal and external walls Part K
    • Diagram 5.2 Annealed glass thickness and dimension limits Diagram 5.2 Annealed glass thickness and dimension limits Part K
    • Diagram 5.4 Permanent screen protection Part K Diagram 5.4 Permanent screen protection Part K
    • Diagram 6.1 Marking by a barrier Part K Diagram 6.1 Marking by a barrier Part K
    • Diagram 6.2 Marking by a surface Part K Diagram 6.2 Marking by a surface Part K
    • Diagram 7.1 Examples of door height glazing not warranting manifestation Part K Diagram 7.1 Examples of door height glazing not warranting manifestation Part K
    • [caption id="attachment_8468" align="alignnone" width="933"]Diagram 7.2 Height of manifestation for glass doors and glazed screens Part K Diagram 7.2 Height of manifestation for glass doors and glazed screens Part K[/caption]

    • Diagram 8.1 Height of controls Part K Diagram 8.1 Height of controls Part K
    • Diagram 9.1 Safe reaches for cleaning Part K Diagram 9.1 Safe reaches for cleaning Part K
    • Diagram 9.2 Ladders a maximum of 6m long Part K Diagram 9.2 Ladders a maximum of 6m long Part K
    • Diagram 9.3 Ladders a maximum of 9m long Diagram 9.3 Ladders a maximum of 9m long
    • Diagram 10.1 Visibility requirements of doors Part K Diagram 10.1 Visibility requirements of doors Part K
    • Diagram 10.2 Avoiding doors on acces routes Part K Diagram 10.2 Avoiding doors on access routes Part K
    • Table 1.1 Rise and Going Part K Table 1.1 Rise and Going Part K risers and goings