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BS 6187:2000



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Code of practice for demolition

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Committees responsible
1 Scope
2 Normative references
3 Terms and definitions
4 Legislative overview (see fig 4)
5 Planning and managing projects (see fig 5)
6 Tenders and contracts
7 Knowledge of the site (see fig 6)
8 Decommissioning procedures (see fig 7)
9 Structural hazards (see fig 8)
10 Health hazards (see fig 9)
11 Protection of the environment (see fig 10)
12 Health and safety of persons on or off site (see fig 11)
13 Safe working spaces and exclusion zones (see fig 12)
14 Principles of structural demolition (see fig 17)
15 Avoidance of unplanned structural collapses (see fig 19)
16 Temporary structures for stability and access (see fig 20)
17 Demolition techniques (see fig 21)
18 Materials handling and processing
19 Typical demolition methods for various types of structure
    (see fig 22)
20 Completion of the works
Annex A (informative) Training and competencies
Annex B (informative) Useful contacts
Annex C (normative) Hazards associated with prestressed
1 - Outline route map
2 - Flowchart for the suggested use of structural stability
3 - Illustration of the definitions of base machine, equipment
    and attachments
4 - Route map for clause 4
5 - Route map for clause 5
6 - Route map for clause 7
7 - Route map for clause 8
8 - Route map for clause 9
9 - Route map for clause 10
10 - Route map for clause 11
11 - Route map for clause 12
12 - Route map for clause 13
13 - Terminology of designed exclusion zone and its
     constituent parts
14 - Example of designed exclusion zone showing
     practical application
15 - Example of designed exclusion zone showing
     phased and partial demolition
16 - Example of reduced exclusion zone by the use of
17 - Example of safe working space within an exclusion zone
18 - Route map for clause 14
19 - Route map for clause 15
20 - Route map for clause 16
21 - Route map for clause 17
22a - Route map for clause 19 (sheet 1)
22b - Route map for clause 19 (sheet 2)
1 - Items to be included in Health and Safety Plans (examples)
2 - Examples of key features for sampling
3 - Areas comprising an exclusion zone
4 - Examples of hazards related to the areas of an exclusion

Covers demolition from the concept stage to completion for all parties involved in, or affected by, demolition projects. Demolition techniques are described and methods are recommended for the demolition of specific types of structure.

Supersedes BS 6187(1982) and 97/106292 DC. (09/2002)
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