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BS 6180:1999

In addition, a barrier that is structurally safe should not possess sufficient flexibil i ty to alarm building users when subject to normal service conditions. Therefore, for serviceability considerations, the limiting condition for deflection appropriate for a barrier for the protection of people is that the total horizontal displacement of the barrier at any point from its original unloaded position should not exceed the deflection limits determined from the relevant structural design code for the material used or 25 mm, whichever is the smaller.

Where a glass component of a barrier is subjected to imposed loads given in BS 6399-1, or if appropriate BS 6399-2, the displacement of any point of the glass component, relative to its fixings, should not exceed Ll65 or 25 mm, w h ichever is the smaller where L is given in 8.3, 8 . 4 or 8.5.

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in 11 . 4, the displacement of any point of the infill

panel should not exceed Ll80 or 25 mm, whichever is

the smaller, when subjected to infill imposed loads

given in BS 6399-1 or, if appropriate , the wind loads given in BS 6399-2 (where L is the clear span of the infill panel between supports).

6 . 4.2 Vehicle barriers

Barriers designed to resist vehicular impacts may be

distorted by such impacts but should remain substantially in place.

6.5 Fixings, attachments and anchorage Care should be taken to ensure that the strength of fixings , attachments and anchorage securing the barrier to a substrate is adequate to sustain a loading greater than that to which the barrier will be subjected. All joints should be designed to provide the full strength of the members being joined. To that end, where any uncertainty exists with regard to

the strength of any component in the fixing, the design loading factors should be increased by 50 %.

It is essential that fixing design takes particular account of the material into which the fixing is placed, the spacing between fixings, the edge distance, and where the substrate is concrete, the

position of reinforcement . Reliance on the pull-out capacity of a single fixing should be avoided .

NOTE 1 Th e recommendation of an additional load fa c tor of 1 . 5 is intended to ensure that under an extr e me load condition, barriers will give an i n dication of failure by defl e ction distortion and not by total collaps e, as would be brought about by a f a ilure of th e fi x ing , atta c hmen t or anchorag e sy stem .

NOTE 2 Wher e th e design str e ngth of a propos e d s y s t em of fi x ing to an existing substrate cannot b e determined w ith reasonable accura c y by th e oretical consideration , load testing should be used to validat e the d e sign . A factor greater than 1 . 5 on barr ie r load design may a lso b e appropriate .


6.6 Safety details

6.6.1 General

The finished barrier should have no sharp edges or projections that may cause injury to persons or damage to clothing . Infill panels and balusters are intended to provide support and protection to the user , and should be designed to restrain people without causing additional injury from sharp edges, thin sections, open ended tubes, projecting details, etc. The ends of barriers on unlit access roads should be provided with reflectors or reflective markings . The designer should be aware of the need to provide maintenance of the barrier to sustain levels of safety and performance, Consideration should be given in the design of the barrier to the possibility of tampering or vandalism.

6.6.2 Vehicle barriers

The designer should, wherever possible, avoid introducing projections on the vehicular face of the barrier and should also consider ways of redirecting vehicles in such a way as to cause minimum damage after impact.

6.7 Support from adjacent construction

The designer should ensure that any construction or structure acting as support for barriers is of adequate strength and stability to sustain all applied loads safely without excessive stress, deflection or distortion .

6.8 Sight lines

It is essential to consider sight lines as well as safety

aspects when designing barriers in places such as theatres, cinemas and concert halls. This applies particularly to barriers protecting balconies or parts of balconies having fixed seating within 530 mm of

the barrier . The re l ationship between the height and width of a barrier affects both sight lines and safety .

A lower , wider barrier may provide the same degree

of protection as a higher, narrower barrier. The minimum height for a narrow barrier given in Table 1

is 800 mm, however this height may be reduced to a

minimum of 750 mm provided the sum of the barrier width and the barrier height is greater than 975 mm

(see Figure 2) .

NOTE I t should b e noted that where the barrier is not in front of fix e d seating (e . g . at the e nd of th e gangway) the normal design crit e ria apply .

© BSI 28 Sept e mber 2001