Chapter 8 fencing is the most common type of plastic barrier you can come across. It is designed to meet certain regulations by following a set code of practice which offers complete flexibility, allowing it to be applied to many different situations (such as road traffic measures, outdoor events, excavations etc). Chapter 8 Barriers compliance itself is not a legal requirement, but it is considered a minimum requirement when it comes to road and people safety. The Chapter 8 regulations are codes of practice put in place to help you carry out signing, lighting and guarding of street works, road works and all highways and roads, etc, safely, effectively and efficiently.
Why use Barrier 8 fencing?
Barrier 8 fencing comes in many shapes and forms, making it suitable for any project, event or situation you are faced with. In such circumstances, not using barrier 8 fencing can leave you wide open to legal action, especially if an accident were to happen. The Health and Safety regulations and guidelines also stipulate that you must establish and maintain safe systems of work, and Chapter 8 Barriers are seen as reasonable practice for maintaining these safe working systems. You need to make sure you protect yourself, your business, your employees, and other vehicles and pedestrians which could be affected by works being carried out. Chapter 8 pedestrian barriers make sure you put safety at the forefront.
Chapter 8 Barriers Compliance
There are a number of specific types of barrier fencing, all within the Barrier 8 range and all of which face compliance with the regulations set. These include: Traffic cones/barriers/bollards – used to guide vehicles around obstructions, these types of traffic management systems should have reflective features or be illuminated in some way, especially during the hours of darkness. Chapter 8 Pedestrian Barriers – are provided to allow pedestrians to move around or avoid obstructions with ease. Pedestrian barriers used alongside excavations usually come hand in hand with risk-based assessments. Lightweight Barriers – these barriers are primarily used when there is no risk of pedestrians coming across the areas where work is being carried out. Vehicle Restriction Barriers – on some occasions it may be deemed necessary to provide additional temporary safety fencing, marking the face of the safety zone. There are other Chapter 8 Barriers too which include, gate safety barriers, security fencing, roadblocks and more. No matter which barrier you choose, you must have adequate measures in place to show your compliance, and all fencing must comply with Chapter 8 of the traffic signs manual, created by the department of transport. Ultimately, Chapter 8 barriers should:
- Protect from roadside hazards, obstructions, and excavations
- Be visible day and night
- Provide a high visibility safety barrier
No one should be put at risk and with Chapter 8 pedestrian barriers, no one has to be.
Site Fencing and Chapter 8 Barriers Compliance
We take Health and Safety and compliance to regulations extremely seriously. We have to, people’s lives are at risk from serious injury if we don’t. That’s why all of our team is experienced in assembling Chapter 8 compliant solutions, and we’re proud to be able to supply a variety of different barriers all suitable to meet a wide range of requirements. We can also deliver and install at a time that is convenient for you (and quickly in case of emergencies). We aim to offer complete flexibility when it comes to hiring agreements, so please make sure to speak to a member of our Site Fencing team to find out more. To help make sure your works/project is Chapter 8 compliant the team at Site Fencing will work with you and your teams, supplying you with the right solutions as well as helping to install and set these barrier systems up correctly. Make sure you’re carrying out good practice when it comes to Chapter 8 fencing compliance, call the experts at Site Fencing today and let us help you keep everyone safe.