When answering the question “Pedestrian guardrail – what is BS 7818:1995?” a useful starting point is to understand what is meant by a British Standard.
The British Standards Institute (BSI) is appointed by the UK Government as the National Standards body. Formed in 1901, BSI was the world’s first National Standards Body. It adopts a collaborative approach, engaging with industry experts, government bodies, trade associations, businesses of all sizes and consumers to develop standards that reflect good business practice.
The role of the National Standards body is to help improve the quality and safety of products, services and systems by enabling the creation of standards and encouraging their use.
Each year BSI publishes over 2,700 standards to help improve performance and manage risk, while enabling businesses to operate in a more efficient and sustainable way.
What is BS 7818:1995?
The BSI which relates to pedestrian restraint systems in metal is BS 7818:1995.
BS 7818:1995 specifies the requirements for pedestrian and other non-vehicle user restraint systems in metal for use on roads and highways. It specifies technical details such as:
- The thickness and grade of metal
- The distance between the infill bars
- The depth of foundations at which the guardrail should be rooted into the ground
- The bend stress the guardrails must endure
- Its durability