Safe access for maintenance and repair: Guidance for designers (2nd Edition)

This book gives designers guidance on designing for safe maintenance and repair.

Safe access for maintenance
Safe access for maintenance

Who wrote this?

This was originally written for CIRIA by

  • Joanne Iddon BEng MSc CEng MICE MIStructE, Arup
  • John Carpenter CEng FICE FIStructE MIOSH, Independent Consultant

Steering group:

  • Mr S. Taylor (Chair), Health and Safety Executive
  • Mr S. Blausten, Cyril Leonard Chartered Surveyors
  • Mr G. Burnett, Total Access (UK) Ltd
  • Mr A. Churton, Estuary Housing Association (representing the Confederation of Construction Clients)
  • Mr P. Devlin, Wright & Wright Architects
  • Mr D. Goodchild, Health and Safety Executive
  • Mr R. Keenan, Sheppard Robson
  • Mr A. Keiler, Centre for Windows and Cladding Technology
  • Mr A. Perry, Group 4 Falck Global Solutions UK Ltd (representing the British Institute of Facilities Management)
  • Mr D. Scott, Laing Construction Ltd
  • Mr M. Sims, HL Plastics Ltd
  • Mr B. Smith, Atkins
  • Mr J. Tribich, Leo Lewis & Co (representing the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors)
  • Mr B. Towse, Heating and Ventilation Contractors Group
  • Ms C. Wright, Wright & Wright Architects

This project was funded by:

  • Health and Safety Executive
  • HL Plastics Ltd
  • CIRIA Core Programme Sponsors

Revisions for the second edition were prepared by Alan Gilbertson (CIRIA) and John Carpenter.


It was first published in May 2009.


This book was updated for CDM2007 and other new legislation in 2009. It is hoped that this can encourage designing using whole life thinking, to increase the benefits of a good design.

Who should read this?

Anyone who is involved in designing structures that require maintenance, so primarily building designers but it will be of interest to clients, CDM co-ordinators and facilities managers too.


This 89-page book gives an overview of the commercial and regulatory backdrop. Statutory obligations and alternative procurement processes are presented, followed by targeted design guidance for a variety of building elements and work situations.

It covers:

  • Key drivers
  • Responsibilities
  • Designing for access for maintenance
  • Repair work

And specific work sector guidance for:

  • Below ground
  • Primary structure
  • Building envelope works

References are also given for further reading.

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