Safety in the use of power operated gates
BS EN 12453:2001 Health & Safety regulations
The possible dangers from automatic gates have been highlighted in the past few months by the HSE, due to serious accidents involving children.
New gates supplied and installed by Total Support Services (Security) Ltd have always been manufactured to conform to the safety standards in force.
We will supply a certificate of conformity if required to provide evidence that consideration has been given to the current regulations.
When purchasing a new gate system, questions should always be asked. There is a duty of care to ensure that automatic gate systems provided are safe to use:
- Are safety buffers fitted to the security gate?
- Is there mesh infill to ensure persons cannot become trapped?
- Is there any torque control on the security gate drive? Can it be adjusted?
- Are there any signs on the security gate to warn of possible danger to pedestrians?
- Are safety beams fitted for additional pedestrian safety?
- Are there any shearing or trapping gaps in the gate or the system, if so are they shrouded?
- Does the run back or opening area need to be protected?
- Can the security gate be manually released?
- Do you have operating instructions for your equipment?
- Is your security gate system serviced and checked at regular intervals?
The current British Safety Standards are as follows:
BS EN 12453:2001 Requirements
BS EN 12445:2001 Test Methods
BS EN 12636:2002 Installation & Use
BS EN 12604:2000 Mechanical aspects
Here at Total Support Services, we are happy to announce that we can provide services which include checking security gate conformity to British Standards as well as providing pressure testing with specialist gate testing equipment and issuing certification of conformity where required.