A new Code of Practice (DHF TS 011) designed to raise standards within the sphere of powered gate safety to new levels has been announced by the Door & Hardware Federation and the National Security Inspectorate.
The Code of Practice aims to reduce the risks associated with powered gates to a level that’s as low as is reasonably practicable. It draws on safety legislation, European standards and industry Best Practice, affording practical help to all those involved in powered gates to meet their legal obligations by providing clear guidance on the design, manufacture, installation and maintenance of such systems.
The Door & Hardware Federation’s Powered Gate Group represents more than 100 of Britain’s leading manufacturers, suppliers, installers and maintainers of powered automatic gates and gate automation equipment while the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) is, of course, the UKAS-accredited certification and inspection body which audits over 1,800 security and fire safety providers.
Led by the Door & Hardware Federation’s training officer Nick Perkins and NSI technical officer Mark Gallagher, the two organisations have spent a couple of years developing the Code of Practice for the Design, Manufacture, Installation and Maintenance of Powered Gates. The NSI will now audit organisations seeking NSI approval against the Code of Practice to verify compliance. NSI approval will initially be offered to Door & Hardware Federation members as well as existing NSI approved companies.
All members of the Door & Hardware Federation Powered Gate Group must abide by the Code of Practice when it comes into operation, regardless of whether or not they wish to seek NSI approval.
The new Code of Practice covers manufacturers’ and installers’ responsibilities for gate design, new gate installations, risk assessment and commissioning. It also details their responsibilities for maintenance and modification of existing gates covering risk assessment, safe isolation and documentation.
Organisations granted NSI approval will be eligible to issue their customers with renewable Door & Hardware Federation/NSI certificates of compliance for their powered gate installations, providing customers and users with peace of mind regarding the safety of their powered gates.
Dangerous powered gates
Bob Perry, CEO at the Door & Hardware Federation, explained: “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. It’s estimated that only 30% of the 500,000 automated gates in service in the UK are actually safe to use. As an industry, we find this completely unacceptable. On that basis, we’re absolutely determined to do everything we can to ensure that no more tragic accidents occur. This new Door & Hardware Federation Code of Practice will help us achieve our ultimate aim of confining powered gate accidents to the history books.”
Richard Jenkins, the NSI’s CEO, responded: “At the NSI, our first and only mission is to raise standards of safety and security for both people and property. Properly installed and maintained powered gates are a key part of the safety and security landscape, so collaboration between the Door & Hardware Federation and ourselves is a perfect fit. Organisations who sign up to the Code of Practice and choose the NSI approval route will have the right to issue their customers with a unique Certificate of Compliance for each powered gate they install and/or maintain, providing those customers with the greatest confidence in their equipment and maintenance regime.”
Jenkins went on to comment: “Given several tragic accidents that have occurred involving powered gates, the potential value of certification in helping increase safety in this area is clear. We’re confident that professional security installers will seek NSI approval and certificate powered gate installations as a demonstration of their commitment to safety for their customers and users alike.”
The Door & Hardware Federation and the NSI are about to embark on a pilot scheme which will include a select number of Door & Hardware Federation members and NSI approved companies. This will run through until March 2016. It’s anticipated that the NSI approval scheme will go live in the second quarter of 2016.
*The Code of Practice DHF TS 011 will be available shortly. For further information e-mail the Door & Hardware Federation at: firstname.lastname@example.org