Door & Hardware Federation and NSI join forces to promote powered gate safety Code of Practice

More than 200 of the UK’s foremost security installers were briefed on the biggest development in powered gate safety for many years while attending a major conference held in Birmingham.

The NSI Installer Summit was organised by the National Security Inspectorate (NSI), the UKAS-accredited certification and inspection body which audits security and fire safety providers. The Door & Hardware Federation (DHF) – whose Powered Gate Group represents Britain’s leading manufacturers, suppliers, installers and maintainers of powered automatic gates and gate automation equipment – presented and exhibited at the Installer Summit as guests of the NSI.

A thought-provoking presentation and workshop at the Summit delivered by the DHF informed attending installers that, since 2005, there have been seven deaths in the UK and Ireland, at least nine serious injuries and countless near misses caused by dangerous powered gates. Indeed, it’s estimated that only 30% of the 500,000 automated gates in service in the UK are actually safe to use.

The event cemented relationships between the two organisations ahead of the launch of a new NSI approval scheme for installers and maintainers of powered gates, barriers and gate automation equipment. Delegates at the Summit heard how the two organisations, led by the DHF’s training officer Nick Perkins and NSI technical officer Mark Gallagher, have spent two years developing the DHF Code of Practice for the Design, Manufacture, Installation and Maintenance of Powered Gates (TS 011).

The new Code, upon which the NSI approval scheme will be based, covers installers’ responsibilities for gate design, new installations, risk assessment and commissioning. It details their responsibilities for the maintenance and modification of existing gates and covers risk assessment, safe isolation and documentation.

NSI ‘Gates’ Scheme

The NSI ‘Gates’ Scheme will be based on the new Code which is designed to raise standards of powered gate safety to new levels. NSI Gates will be available on two levels: ‘Gates Gold’ for companies that have an ISO 9001 Quality Management System (QMS) and want to be approved to the Code, and ‘Gates Silver’ for those that don’t have QMS, but want approval to the Code on its own.

Richard Jenkins: CEO at the NSI

Richard Jenkins: CEO at the NSI

The NSI will audit organisations seeking approval against the Code to verify compliance. This will initially be offered to DHF members and NSI approved companies.

At the conference, the DHF Powered Gate Group’s chairman Neil Sampson told delegates: “Properly installed and maintained automated gates are perfectly safe to use. Our industry will not tolerate unsafe automated gate installations being carried out by unskilled installers, or gates that are dangerous due to lack of testing and maintenance.”

Delegates learned that it’s the legal duty of building owners and landlords – as well as gate installers, maintainers and repairers – to ensure the safe operation of automatic gates.

“The new DHF Code of Practice and the NSI approval scheme will help us achieve our joint aim of confining powered gate accidents to the history books,” added Sampson.

Richard Jenkins, the NSI’s CEO, stated: “We were delighted to invite the DHF to the NSI Installer Summit. There’s great synergy between our organisations in raising standards of safety and security for people and property. The new NSI ‘Gates’ Scheme will significantly contribute towards public safety, endorse the high competence of specialist businesses in the sector and give facilities, risk and security managers and specifiers alike full confidence in the safety of their powered gate installations.”

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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