Why Edge Protection and why testing?

The Work at Height Regulations 2005 exists to minimize the opportunity for harm from falling for work activities that take place at height liable to cause injury. It sets out a hierarchy of controls; from avoiding work at height through to minimizing the consequences of a fall should it occur. One of the control measures is to prevent a fall from happening and this is often achieved though the provision of edge protection. This provides a “physical barrier” that prevents the worker falling from an exposed edge. Edge Protection is deemed to be a collective measure because it protects multiples of workers. Collective measures like edge protection take precedence over personal measures such as PPE. Typically, Edge Protection is used during construction and maintenance activities on new build and refurbishment roofs, metal decking, concrete floors and excavations. Prefabricated system solutions include steel mesh barriers and net barriers. Tube and fitting edge protection is frequently seen on new portal frame buildings and floor slabs.


Each set of designs that we test, will take one day at our facility. Reports and certificates are normally issued within 7 working days.


Temporary edge protection systems – Product Specification & Test methods.

BS EN 13374:2013+A1:2018 is the Standard that defines the rules for temporary edge protection systems. It classifies different edge protection systems as ‘A’, B’ or ‘C’, based upon the angle of the surface on which persons stand, walk or work (the working surface). The Standard recognizes that classes B & C need to withstand a dynamic loading. This is because on steeper surfaces, it is possible a worker may slide/roll towards the edge protection and create high loads upon both himself and the system. It is important that the edge protection system restrains the worker to prevent a fall likely to cause injury. Confirmation that the system can prevent a fall and absorb the required energy at the point of impact must be proven by dynamic testing. “……..for verification of this requirement, the product shall successfully pass the dynamic tests specified in 7.5.1”.


BS EN 13374:2013+A1:2018
Note: The capability of an edge protection to meet dynamic load requirements of the standard cannot be proven by calculation.

Additional, independent guidance and information on Edge Protection to BS EN 13374 can be found through the FASET website or the Edge Protection Federation website.