British Standards Relevant to Agriculture

British Standard Summaries

BS5502: Part 80: 1990
Building and Structures for Agriculture.
Design & Construction of Workshops, Maintenance & Inspection Facilities.


The text herein is not a a full reproduction of the British Standard. It is summary based upon interpretation of the original text and not intended as a replacement for the full text. It should be used for general guidance only.

BS5502 is sub-divided into a number of individual standards. These can be broadly broken down as follows:

  • Part 0: Introduction
  • Parts 10 - 19: Reference information
  • Parts 20 - 39: General designs
  • Parts 40 - 59: Livestock buildings
  • Parts 60 - 79: Crop buildings
  • Parts 80 - 99: Ancillary buildings

This part of BS5502 gives recommendations for the design and construction of buildings and structures used as workshops and for areas and facilities used  for building and facility inspection, repair and maintenance.

Wokshops and implement sheds

  • Such areas should be sited away from public highways and clear of other buildings, trees etc. to minimise the risk of fire.
  • Hard standings and vehicle access should be provided.
  • Adequate space for staff, equipment and storage should be provided.
  • Height inside building may need to accommodate lifting-gear, ramps and large equipment.
  • Typical heights of some farm vehicles and equipment is given in the full Standard.
  • Floors, walls and roofs should be able to withstand maximum potential loadings.
  • Staff facilities including toilets, wash rooms, hot and cold running water, storage for personal items and first aid may be required.
  • Electricity supplies will be required.
  • Water, possibly high pressure supplies and drainage will be required.
  • Fire precautions will be required in accordance with BS5502:23.

Working platforms

  • Design details are given in the full Standard.
  • Guard rails are essential.
  • The design should consider the platform purpose.

Stairways, ladders and catwalks

  • These should be sized and constructed with welfare in mind.
  • Locking devices at access points may be needed.
  • Ladders should be fixed.
  • The structure should be of suitable strength considering loadings and purpose.

Doorways and hatches

  • These should be sized and constructed with welfare in mind.
  • Locking devices on doors may be needed.
  • Doors should be capable of being opened from both sides.

Pits, tanks and machinery

  • Pits and tanks should be fitted with hinged, lockable flaps or covers.
  • Tanks below ground should be fenced.
  • Machinery should be fitted with suitable safety guards.
  • Danger notices may be required.

A British Standard nor this summary does not, necessarily, include all the necessary information for correct implementation of the Standard to any specific application. This is purely the responsibility of the user. Standards are updated by either amendment or revision. Users should ensure that they are using the latest version.


The full text of this Standard can be obtained from the British Standard Institution

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