Section 8: Safe opening and closing of windows etc.

  1. Location of controls

    Location of controls

    Location of controls

    8.1 Regarding the controls to operate windows, skylights and ventilators, one of the following should be provided.

    a. Controls positioned as shown in Diagram 8.1.

    b. If controls cannot be positioned as shown in Diagram 8.1 within safe reach of a permanent stable surface, provide a safe manual or electrical means of remote operation.

    NOTE: Additional guidance is provided in Approved Document M for switches and controls and for window controls in sleeping accommodation.

    Diagram 8.1 Height of controls Part K Diagram 8.1 Height of controls Part K

    Prevention of falls

    8.2 Where a person may fall through a window above ground floor level, provide suitable opening limiters, to restrain the window sufficiently to prevent such falls, or guarding (see Section 3).