BS2881:1989 Information

The following information is presented by SafeAway in good faith. You are advised to seek advice from your insurer or controlled drugs accountable officer to ensure the security arrangements you have in place are sufficient for your specific needs.

British Standard Summary

About BS2881:1989

BS2881:1989 Is the standard relating to the storage of medicines in healthcare premises. Officially titled “Specification for cupboards for the storage of medicines in health care premises” the act was published in July 1989 and covers both medicine cabinets and controlled drugs cabinets. Controlled drugs cabinets are also covered by additional legislation which can be seen by clicking on the button below.

BS2881:1989 covers a multitude of things relating to the storage of medicines in healthcare premises, however for our cabinets, both controlled drugs, and medicine, we observe the construction requirements and attack criteria. This British Standard does not specific any specific construction requirements such as material thicknesses or hinge requirements, only that the cabinet should:

  • Be able to resist a static load of a specific force
  • Be able to resist a horizontal static load of a specific force
  • Be able to resist an attack with a knife for a specific duration
  • Not ignite when attached with a butane fulled smokers cigarette lighter

The above points relate to security level one specified within the standards. This is the security level that our cabinets conform to as it is the most popular required security level.

There are two security levels above level one, these include points relating to the following:

  • Attack with hammer and levers (levels 2 & 3)
  • Attack with hacksaw (levels 2 & 3)
  • Attack with hand drill (levels 2 only)
  • Attack with battery powered drill (levels 3 only)
  • Attack with flame torch (levels 3 only)

Over the years we have been selling cabinets that conform to BS2881:1989, we have never been asked for a level 2 or level 3 compliant cabinet. Level 1 is the standard for the vast majority of healthcare applications.

BS2881:1989 Points

BS2881:1989 General Overview

All of our medicine cabinets and controlled drugs cabinets feature the following in order to allow them to comply with BS2881:1989 level 1

  • Manufactured from 1.2mm mild steel
  • Welded construction
  • Powder coated white finish
  • Concealed hinges
  • BS3621 compliant 6-pin euro profile cylinder lock
  • Mortise bolt with 14mm throw