The British Standards Institution (BSI) or short "British Standards" is the National Standards Body of the UK responsible for facilitating, drafting, publishing and marketing standards and related information products. British Standards provides organizations with leading-edge best practice solutions that represent and support the needs of UK business and society at home and abroad.
British Standards are documents, established by consensus, that provide for common and repeated use, rules, guidelines or characteristics for activities or their results.
Most businesses have to conform in some aspect with British Standards and every business can benefit from British Standards - whether a Company is a large multi-national, a Limited company or simply a sole trader.
The use of British Standards
Over recent years British Standards a prerequisite to worldwide trade. A very large percentage of export is influenced by the European and International Standards business, with all European Union standards automatically adopted as British Standards.
Consumers too, value the reassurance of safety and quality that conformity to British Standards means. British Standards contribute positively to creating safer and healthier workplaces and particularly with environmental management, they enable progressive steps towards eliminating the harmful effects of industry on the environment.
The Scope of British Standards
With collaborative ventures and a strong national and international profile, British Standards is at the heart of the world of standardization, providing UK industry and other stakeholders with their major access to and influence on standardization, both in the European arena (with CEN, CENELEC and ETSI) and internationally (with ISO and IEC)
British Standards cover an extremely wide range of products, services and processes. British Standards are available for; Administration, Aerospace Components & Fasteners, Construction in General, Electrical Components, Fire, Accident & Crime Protection. There are also British Standards covering Food Technology, Occupational & Personal Safety, Railway Engineering, and Road Vehicle Engineering to name just a few subject areas.
Most Popular British Standards
BS OHSAS 18001:1999 Occupational health and safety management systems. Specification
BS OHSAS 18002:2000 Occupational health and safety management systems. Guidelines for the implementation of OHSAS 18001
BS 8110-1:1997 Structural use of concrete. Code of practice for design and construction
BS 7608:1993 Code of practice for fatigue design and assessment of steel structures
BS 7671:2001 Requirements for electrical installations. IEE Wiring Regulations. Sixteenth edition
BS 5950-1:2000 Structural use of steelwork in building. Code of practice for design. Rolled and welded sections
BS 6399-2:1997 Loading for buildings. Code of practice for wind loads
BS EN 10226-1:2004 Pipe threads where pressure tight joints are made on the threads. Taper external threads and parallel internal threads. Dimensions, tolerances and designation
BS 5480:1990 Specification for glass reinforced plastics (GRP) pipes, joints and fittings for use for water supply or sewerage
BS 7910:2005 Guide to methods for assessing the acceptability of flaws in metallic structures
British Standards BS 8300: 2001 - Design of Buildings and their Approaches to meet the Needs of Disabled People and BS EN ISO 9000.
BS 8300: 2001 - Design of Buildings and their Approaches to meet the Needs of Disabled People: Code of Practice
BS 8800: Guide to occupational health and safety management systems
This new British Standards publication is designed to help organisations develop a framework for managing occupational Health and Safety. This is intended to ensure adequate protection for employees and others who may be affected by an organisation's activities.
BS 5839-1: New Edition - Fire Detection and alarm systems for buildings code of practice for system design, installation, commissioning and maintenance
This new edition of the British Standards publication BS 5839-1:2002, incorporation amendment 1, provides the following significant changes:
1.Clarification of how the connections between detectors and remote indicators should operate.
2.Clarification of the signal transmitted by the control equipment under fire conditions.
3.An explanation of the permitted variation in detector location, where access for maintenance is difficult.
4.Clarification of the PH30 and PH120 classification when testing fire-resisting cables.
5.An explanation on who issues mains supplies certificates.
6.More detailed information on control and transmission equipment for tactile alarm devices, provided for people with hearing impairments.
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