BS 12572-2:2017 pdf download – Artificial climbing structures Part 2: Safety requirements and test methods for bouldering walls
4.4 Connection of modular foam safety mat elements If the impact absorbing materials consist of modular elements, the sections shall be securely connected together or the gaps shall be covered so that it is impossible for the climber to enter into the gaps between modular elements. If the impact absorbing materials are beneath a continuous surface cover, the cover shall be in sufficient tension to hold the foam safety mats closely together. Informative Annex G describes one possible method of testing modular foam safety mat element connections.
4.5 Structural integrity The structural integrity, including stability, of a bouldering wall shall be justified by calculation using the characteristic loads given in Table A.1 in accordance with Annexes A and B. Panels shall not overly deflect (see D.5). In all cases where a bouldering wall transmits loads to an existing structure (building, concrete platforms, ground) it shall be ensured that the structure can safely accommodate the loads imposed by the bouldering wall.
4.6 Impact resistance and deflection of surface elements When tested in accordance with Annex D there shall be no breaking or splitting of the surface element. The deflection of the panels shall be calculated by using the load 0,8 kN (see Annex A) or be tested in accordance with Annex D, D.5.
When fixed according to the manufacturer’s specification, the maximum deflection of the surface element shall not exceed l/100, where l is the maximum length between the fixations of the surface
4.7 Panel insert resistance To evaluate the panel insert concerning the resistance to breakage while mounting the climbing holds onto the wall or during climbing use, the panel inserts shall be tested in accordance with Annex E. After test step c) any resulting deformation shall not exceed 0,5 mm at 1,2 kN. After procedure e) there shall be no pull out of the panel insert. Five samples (panel-insert combination) shall be tested.
4.8 Falling space Within the falling space there shall not be any exposed obstacles or edges which could lead to a hazard to the user. This does not apply to climbing structures and other obstacle-free surfaces or walls capable of withstanding accidental impacts.
4.9 Bouldering wall surfaces All reachable parts of the bouldering wall surface shall be free of sharp edges and burrs. Edges shall be rounded by a minimum radius of 1 mm, or chamfered at 45°mm × 1 mm. There shall be no gaps between 8 mm and 25 mm and with a depth greater than 15 mm which can lead to entrapment, unless it is a feature specifically designed for climbing. Insert holes in the climbing surface of the bouldering wall for attaching holds are excluded.
All bouldering walls shall be marked in a clearly visible place with a notice detailing:
a) name or trademark of the manufacturer;
b) name of importer or supplier;
c) number and date of this European Standard, i.e. EN 12572-2:2017;
d) date of installation of the bouldering wall (the year with 4 figures);
e) date of the next main inspection (the year with 4 figures);
f) that this is a specifically designed bouldering wall for climbing and is not playground equipment;
NOTE This principally concerns external bouldering walls in public places.
g) in case of shingle or other similar impact absorbing material, safety marking in accordance with 220.127.116.11.
6 Instruction manual
An instruction manual shall be provided including the following information:
a) all the information contained in Clause 5;
b) specific maintenance and inspection requirements, see Annex F;
c) maximum additional load allowed per square metre, for large removable elements (e.g. Macros);
d) maximum number of climbers permitted at any time, where applicable.
7 Technical documentation of the bouldering wall
The documentation shall be supplied to the client and shall contain the following information:
a) detailed calculation (or justification) of the stability of the bouldering wall;
NOTE For all further reconfigurations only the new calculations (or justification) according to the standard
and the manufacturer’s instructions are necessary.
b) report of the hold insert resistance test, where applicable;
c) report of the impact test of surface elements;
d) report of the connection of modular foam safety mat elements, where applicable;
e) justification for the selection of the impact absorbing material used in the impact area;
f) marking (according to Clause 5);
g) instruction manual (according to Clause 6).BS 12572-2 pdf download.