BS 7883 Standard Amendments: Safeguarding Work at Heights


The BS 7883 Standard, with its 2019 amendment, serves as a crucial guide for the recertification of anchor devices and systems used in work at height. Available for purchase from the BSI website here, this amendment provides a comprehensive best practice document. This article delves into the changes brought about by BS 7883:2019, emphasising the importance of regular inspection and recertification for fall protection solutions.

BS 7883 Overview:

Introduced in 1997, BS 7883 laid the groundwork for comprehensive guidelines in the design, installation, and maintenance of anchor devices, including eyebolts. Revised in 2005 and most recently in 2019, the standard evolved to incorporate advancements in fall protection systems technology. The recent amendment introduces five ‘types’ of anchor systems (A to E), reflecting various structural and functional characteristics.

Importance of Recertification:

Regular inspection and recertification, carried out by a competent third party like MCL, is not just a legal responsibility; it’s an integral part of ensuring ongoing occupational health and safety integrity. The changes guided by the British Standards (PH5) Committee aim to enhance safety standards throughout the UK. Failure to recertify post the 2019 amendment may render previously compliant systems non-compliant, potentially leading to legal issues in case of a fall.

Why Recertification is Vital:

In the UK, falls from height contribute to over 25% of fatal workplace injuries, with 40 workers succumbing to falls in 2019 alone. Many of these incidents trace back to falls over roofs, emphasising the critical role of safety systems. Regular inspection and recertification are paramount in maintaining the efficacy of these systems.

Engineered Recertification Approach:

MCL emphasises a proactive approach to recertification, with trained engineers conducting thorough inspections annually. The engineers ensure components are present, correct, and in good condition, identifying any issues such as missing, incorrectly assembled, incompatible, or worn-out components. This meticulous approach aligns with MCL’s safety ethos, emphasising ongoing collaboration with clients for sustained safety.

Adapting to BS 7883:2019:

The 2019 amendment may seem more intricate than its predecessors, but its purpose is to heighten protection for those working at height. Merely relying on past compliance is no longer sufficient. MCL engineers specialise in rigorous inspections to ensure existing anchor devices and fall protection systems align with the amended guidelines, providing detailed reports and trustworthy advice.

Taking Action:

To ensure your systems meet the updated standard, MCL recommends proactive recertification. This not only ensures compliance but also reaffirms that your systems are genuinely fit for use, safeguarding both employees and your business. With the implementation of BS 7883:2019, MCL collaborates closely with clients, both existing and new, to facilitate comprehensive recertification.


Changes to the BS 7883 Standard demand a heightened commitment to safety. Proactive recertification, guided by MCL’s expertise, is not just a legal obligation but a strategic investment in ongoing safety and system integrity. For further insights, download the free MCL BS 7883 Whitepaper, and empower your organisation with a safety-first approach to work at heights.



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