When talking about inclusive design, many people immediately think of those with a disability or specific, specialist requirements. While inclusive design encompasses the needs of these people, its key objective is to make a site inclusive for all, no matter what. In fact, despite public perception and the wheelchair being the symbol for accessibility, less than 8 per cent of disabilities require the use of a wheelchair. Whether it’s the elderly, disabled or children, everyone should be able to access and use a building and its facilities easily and safely. Inclusive design is a key consideration for most architects and specifiers, ensuring any barriers that might prevent an individual from using an environment freely and easily are removed. Governing inclusive design This approach must be reviewed in line with the guidelines governing inclusive design, which includes Approved Document M, the Equality Act 2010 and, crucially, BS 8300-1 and 8300-2:2018, which sets out how buildings should be designed, constructed and maintained to create an accessible and inclusive environment for all. It applies to both new builds and refurbishments. The white paper explains the factors that specifiers need to take into account for door opening solutions The white paper explains the factors that specifiers need to take into account for door opening solutions to be inclusive. It also covers some of the common issues with many door opening solutions available on the market, which might claim to comply with standards such as BS 8300-1 and 8300-2:2018 but do not. For instance, many suppliers will claim to offer compliant solutions by ‘winding down’ a door closer and its spring to power setting EN1. Fire safety standards However, while this may help people open a door more easily, it will not provide the necessary closing force. As a result, the door will not deliver the safety and security assurances demanded of an inclusive environment. It is also important to note that fire doors must have a minimum power setting of EN3 at all times, to meet these needs. In addition to covering what the guidelines governing inclusive design state for door opening solutions, the white paper advises on how specifiers can ensure these meet the necessary fire safety standards too. While fire safety has always been critical, incidents such as the Grenfell tragedy have highlighted how this issue can never afford to be an afterthought. Door opening solutions Our new white paper aims to offer specifiers a helpful and informative overview of why inclusive design is so important" “Inclusive design is viewed by most specifiers nowadays as a non-negotiable,” explains Eryl Jones, Managing Director of the ASSA ABLOY Door Hardware Group. “While it is the owner that ultimately bears responsibility for the design of a building, should a legal dispute arise then a specifier would be called upon to explain why a solution was recommended. In the event of a discrimination claim, those that can demonstrate that they have adhered to standards such as BS 8300-1 and 8300-2:2018 will be on safer ground than those that cannot.” “Our new white paper aims to offer specifiers a helpful and informative overview of why inclusive design is so important, what the guidelines governing this state, and the considerations that they need to think about when specifying a door opening solution. This means they can be confident when recommending door opening solutions for projects, ensuring everyone – from the elderly to those with a disability and children – can access and use a building and its facilities safely.” Greater consumer loyalty “Furthermore, with some specifiers potentially facing clients that might want to do the bare legal minimum when it comes to inclusive design, the white paper also helps outline why the approach is not only the right thing to do from a social point of view, but the impact it can have commercially too.” “Market drivers such as an ageing population and consumer buying power mean brands that prioritise inclusive building design can enjoy greater consumer loyalty and spending opportunities, as well as increased differentiation, credibility and brand awareness. We hope that the findings included in the white paper can help support this case for specifiers, when having these conversations with clients.” Correct specification of hardware It’s really good to see such an important message being highlighted in this white paper" Douglas Masterson, Technical Manager at the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI), adds: “It is refreshing in the current climate to see accessibility being placed firmly on the agenda through this white paper. At the moment, the headlines are rightly dominated by fire safety – following the Grenfell tragedy – and on-going issues related to the Covid-19 pandemic. While these are of huge importance, accessibility must always have room in any discussion relating to the construction industry.” “This paper states: ‘All those involved in the design and construction of a building should not simply be working towards inclusivity but demanding it every single time.’ The GAI is firmly in favour of this statement, and the correct specification of hardware in a building must have the issues of accessibility and inclusive design at its heart.” Outlining the relevant standards Bob Perry, CEO of the Door Hardware Federation (DHF), comments: “It’s really good to see such an important message being highlighted in this white paper. Our society is changing – both in its demographics and its attitudes – and it is clear that any company that fails on inclusivity will be left behind. At the same time, however, the requirements around inclusive design are somewhat opaque and there is still much confusion in the industry.” “What this white paper from ASSA ABLOY does is present everything the industry needs to know about the issue. It outlines the relevant standards, explains what they really mean, and tells them exactly what they need to do to make sure their door hardware is compliant. On behalf of DHF, I recommend that it is essential reading.”
Tamworth-based trade association, the Door and Hardware Federation (DHF), is reflecting on what has been one of its most successful years to date. In 2015, the pro-active federation had under 300 members on its books, but just alone in the past five years that number has seen considerable growth across every area of the organisation with more than 500 members. It remains the oldest trade association in the industry, and the ‘go to’ body for technical knowledge, information, advice, and practical help as well as training. Highlights from 2019 for DHF include: A successful collaboration with Secured by Design (SBD) and the Fire Industry Association (FIA) in March, to publish a joint document on fire safety. The publication, A Guide for Selecting Flat Entrance Doorsets - A publication for housing associations, landlords, building owners and local authorities in England, brings together the best industry advice in one straightforward document, highlighting the fundamental issues of fire safety and security for those selecting fire doorsets and enabling greater clarity in an increasingly complex market. It goes without saying that DHF’s voice has been one of the most effective in its drive for third-party certification of manufacture, installation, maintenance and inspection of fire, smoke and security doorsets. Continuing to lead the industry through training. In the past year alone, nearly 1000 people have been trained by DHF, with more than 450 candidates attending the two-day safety diploma courses and the same number of learners opting for the Level 2 Award one-day safety training courses. In 2019, 100 inspection and installation of metal or timber fire door courses were held in conjunction with BRE Academy. More than 3200 individuals have now completed at least one of DHF’s safety training courses, whether a diploma or Award course. In July, it announced the launch of its first one-day public Automated Gate Group Level 2 Award Course in Ireland. DHF ‘set the industry standard’ in July, by becoming the very first UK organisation to offer an official theory-based qualification for three of the industries it serves. The one-day ABBE-accredited Level 2 Award for those working in the automated gate, industrial door and domestic garage door sectors, is approved and regulated by Ofqual, the Government Office of Examination Regulation. ABBE (Awarding Body of the Built Environment) is the UK’s renowned awarding organisation providing qualifications for the built environment. Qualifications are offered through its network of assessment centres, approved against a set of national criteria, laid down by Ofqual, the regulator of qualifications, tests and examinations in England. The launch of CSCS cards in November in collaboration with the Automatic Door Suppliers Association (ADSA). Whilst not a legislative requirement, CSCS cards provide evidence that individuals working on construction sites have the relevant training and qualifications for the job that they are doing. The CSCS card offered by DHF is for anyone who needs to access a construction site to work specifically with industrial doors, domestic garage doors, automated gates & traffic barriers and metal or timber fire doors and is an important step toward a safer and more compliant industry. DHF’s accomplishments in 2019 There is little doubt that DHF’s accomplishments in 2019 have been achieved as a result of its hands-on team" “There is little doubt that DHF’s accomplishments in 2019 have been achieved as a result of its hands-on team, and the expertise and efforts of the federation’s staff,” says DHF’s CEO, Bob Perry, adding “In 2019, we expanded the workforce to 13 employees (plus five consultants) and raised our profile in the industry and the press”. Bob adds, “In October, we announced the arrival of two new team members: Craig Wilde, who has joined as the new Membership Manager, and new Senior Training & Compliance Officer, Steve Hill, taking the training and technical advice team to three. A four-strong administration team continues to support Commercial Manager, Patricia Sowsbery-Stevens, General Manager and Secretary, Michael Skelding and Administration Manager, Kay Scattergood.” Best practices “DHF continues to flourish year-on-year and 2019 was no exception,” concludes Bob. “A strong and highly skilled team, innovative industry ‘firsts’, an enduring commitment to training, and supporting our members through challenging legislation has helped to underpin our reputation as a centre of excellence. Raising standards and promoting best practice through training and compliance will always be our number one priority. We look forward to developing these initiatives even further as 2020 progresses.”
DHF has announced the launch of its Best Practice Guide entitled: How to obtain Key Copy Protection: security and protection advice regarding copying of keys which offers information on minimising the risk of a security breach by preventing the unauthorised copying of keys. To copy a key, it is necessary to obtain a suitable key “blank” onto which the individual key code can be copied. Many generic key blanks are readily available to UK locksmiths and key cutters, making obtaining key copies convenient, but a risk to security. Preventing unauthorised copying of keys An effective way of achieving this is where the lock manufacturer restricts the availability of suitable key blanksFor some installations, that risk is unacceptable, and there is a need to prevent the unauthorised copying of keys. An effective way of achieving this is where the lock manufacturer restricts the availability of suitable key blanks. This, of course, is only possible if the lock manufacturer can prevent anyone else supplying the blanks without his or her permission. The objective of DHF’s Best Practice Guide is to clarify this complicated area of law to enable claims about security and protection against unauthorised copying to be appropriately evaluated. Using patented lock and key mechanism “There is a definite misunderstanding in the marketplace about the most effective way to provide protection for a key,” explains DHF’s CEO, Bob Perry. “It is important to understand that this level of key control cannot be offered through key copyright, or design registration and, in fact, the most effective way manufacturers can restrict the availability of key blanks is by using a lock and key mechanism that is patented (cylinder and lock together). “DHF’s new Best Practice Guide offers concise and comprehensive direction on how to achieve key copy protection,” concludes Bob. “Ultimately, it is the manufacturer who must have control and the ability to restrict the distribution of key blanks to ensure that the possibility of a security breach is properly managed.”
Director of his family business, Security Access Systems, Martin Keelagher, has been named as the new Chairman of DHF's (Door & Hardware Federation) ‘Automated Gate Group’. Martin’s new position was confirmed this month by DHF’s CEO, Bob Perry. The Automated Gate Group was formed in 2009 in response to requests from the Health and Safety Executive. The government safety organisation sought an industry-wide trade body that would develop higher standards of safety for automated gates, following a number of fatal accidents since 2007. The group represents manufacturers, suppliers, installers and maintainers of automated gates, who demonstrate their credentials of quality, safety and adherence to the high technical standards required. Promoter of health and safety Education is absolutely key, and through their comprehensive training courses, DHF are leading the sector on safety"Martin, who has worked in the sector since 1997, is a fierce advocate for health and safety across the industry and looks forward to working with DHF to ensure that progress in achieving greater standards of safety, continues to be made. “I have undertaken so many presentations on the importance of health and safety industry-wide, have attended all of DHF’s courses and continually try and educate clients on the importance of compliance and how to spot an unsafe product. So, when the opportunity arose to become more involved in spreading the message for greater safety and higher standards, I jumped at the chance!” explains Martin. Comprehensive training courses “Education is absolutely key, and through their comprehensive training courses, DHF are leading the sector on safety. It is undeniable that the federation’s tireless efforts have led to the industry becoming more professional.” “We welcome Martin’s contribution as the new Chairman of the Automated Gate Group,” said Bob Perry. “Martin is a skilled and accomplished professional whose desire for increased safety across the sector is perfectly aligned with our own. We look forward to working successfully with him.”
In an unprecedented collaboration within the fire and security industry, three not-for-profit organisations with expertise in fire and security doorsets have combined their knowledge to offer guidance on a newly-published document on flat entrance doorsets. The joint publication: ‘A Guide for Selecting Flat Entrance Doorsets; A publication for housing associations, landlords, building owners and local authorities in England’, relates to new doorsets and is the product of DHF (Door & Hardware Federation), Secured by Design (SBD) and the Fire Industry Association (FIA). The publication brings together the best collaborative advice available from the industry in one straightforward document to highlight the fundamental issues of fire safety and security for those selecting fire doorsets. The publication makes the point that there is no conflict between fire and security with Building Regulations ADB and ADQ carrying equal weight Equal weightage for ADB and ADQ Importantly, the publication makes the point that there is no conflict between fire and security with Building Regulations ADB (fire) and ADQ (security) carrying equal weight with neither taking precedence over the other. It explains why only factory produced doorsets can meet both ADB and ADQ. Specifiers can have confidence in using the publication as an authoritative source of information as they are guided through the complexities of an extremely important area of Building Regulations to help them make informed choices. The publication, which can be downloaded from any of the co-operating organisations’ websites, comes in the wake of the 2017 Grenfell Tower tragedy and in response to the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Governments’ (MHCLG) Implementation Plan – ‘Building a Safer Future’, released at the end of December 2018. Enabling safer, easier escape This new guidance document recommends that all fire doorsets are factory-prepared, and audited by a third-partyThis new guidance document, which launched in March of this year, recommends that all fire doorsets are factory-prepared (as opposed to prepared on-site), and furthermore, audited by a third-party. It is suggested these recommendations will offer greater assurance on door performance and protect occupants, control the spread of fire and enable safer, easier escape in the event of an incident. “We are delighted to have collaborated with SBD and FIA, in sharing our joint expertise on doorsets and fire safety,” explains DHF’s CEO, Bob Perry. “It seemed a natural partnership to come together and offer guidance on what to look for in a flat entrance doorset, how this relates to the latest advice supplied by Government (MHCLG) and why third-party certification of fire and security doorset manufacture, installation and maintenance is a critical part of the protection against fire ingress and unlawful entry. “Third party certification of manufacture, installation, maintenance and inspection of fire, smoke and security doors is something DHF has lobbied for tirelessly, as well as issues surrounding poorly or ill-fitting door closers,” he continues. “These form a vital part of fire safety.” Importance of third-party certification It is worth noting that although this document is specific to England and Wales, it is also useful information for Northern Ireland and Scotland"FIA’s CEO, Ian Moore, says: “We are very pleased to work with DHF and Secured by Design in producing a guidance document to assist housing associations, landlords, building owners and local authorities on what to look for in a new flat entrance doorset and why third-party certification of fire doorset manufacture, installation and maintenance is a critical part of fire protection. “This underlines the Fire Industry Association’s objective to improve and perfect fire protection work and builds on MHCLG guidance within the Government’s building safety programme. It is worth noting that although this document is specific to England and Wales, it is also useful information for Northern Ireland and Scotland.” Establishing effective security standards Chief Operating Officer of Secured by Design, Jon Cole, emphasised how important it is for the three organisations to work together to provide a holistic overview. Third party certification, by suitably qualified bodies, has certainly delivered consistency and quality within the security sector"He says: “For many years, we have worked closely with national and local government, manufacturers, trade associations and standards authorities at home and abroad to establish effective security standards in the building and construction industry. We insist on United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) accredited independent, third-party certification to provide product control and to ensure that specification and quality is maintained over time.” “Third party certification, by suitably qualified bodies, has certainly delivered consistency and quality within the security sector. This is why, we have campaigned for flat entrance doorsets to have dual certification, meeting all the relevant requirements for security and fire resistance in a single combined design specification. We believe that certification remains the best and only way to assure that effective quality products are delivered to market, providing additional assurance of performance.”
DHF (Door & Hardware Federation) has released a new Best Practice Guide for the locks and building hardware industry covering the British Standard for Mechanically Operated Push-Button Locksets (BS 8607:2014 + A1:2016). The Standard sets out the requirements and test methods for durability, strength and also functionality. Classification of the Mechanically Operated Push-Button locksets is in five grades. Products tested to BS 8607 incorporate specific performance grades from BS EN 12209 for mechanically operated locks, latches and locking plates, and also requirements of BS EN 1906, BS 3621, PAS 24 and for the overriding cylinder, where applicable, BS EN 1303. A BSI Kitemark certification scheme is available for products achieving grade 5. Testing lever/knobs and keypads The objective of this British Standard is to provide a classification for Mechanically Operated Push-button Locksets"The British Standard includes requirements for locksets intended for use on fire-resisting and smoke control doors but does not specify requirements for locksets intended for use on final exit doors on escape routes, which are covered in BS EN 179:2008. The standard also will test the performance of the lever/knobs as well as the durability of keypads. “The objective of this British Standard is to provide a classification for Mechanically Operated Push-button Locksets,” explains DHF’s CEO, Bob Perry. “These products are generally used as a means of convenience, but they are now also used on fire doors and perimeter doors and the standard is available to give specifiers guidance on the performance of these types of products. Guidance on safety, compliance and standards “Locksets should not only have acceptable documentary evidence to demonstrate that they are fit-for-purpose on any smoke and/or fire-resisting doors for which they are intended but must be correctly installed. This is essential in ensuring that they are able to operate efficiently within the performance levels described in the Standard. By the appropriate use of the correct product we hope communities and properties will be protected from crime" “We have simplified this standard for our members, with the Best Practice Guide providing practical help for all those involved with Mechanically Operated Push-button Locksets and offering clear guidance on safety, compliance and the standards that they should be adhering to. This is at the very heart of the support we continue to offer to our members.” Protecting communities from crime The Code has also received support from the industry. Michael Brooke, Senior Technical Officer at Secured by Design said: "Secured by Design is pleased to support the introduction of this Code of Practice. We see it as a valuable tool to guide users and specifiers in an area that can be confusing to many. By the appropriate use of the correct product we hope communities and properties will be protected from crime." DHF’s latest Best Practice Guide is just one in a series of guides addressing the major issues that should be considered when specifying, ordering or using the products it describes. Its objective is to provide its members with a concise and comprehensive document which includes a summary of relevant sections from the new European product standards.
On the eve of its fifth ‘Gate Safety Week’ initiative, Tamworth-based trade association, the Door & Hardware Federation, (DHF) is calling for continued commitment to improving industry compliance with regards to automated gate safety. The organisation, founded in 1897, and renowned UK-wide as the independent voice of authority on automated gate safety, is reinforcing its on-going message that only by undertaking comprehensive training and adhering to technical specifications and standards, can compliance be achieved when it comes to automated gate installation and maintenance. The appeal comes following an extremely busy time for DHF. The Door & Hardware Federation recently announced that in line with its continuing commitment to training, it will launch a new one-day Automated Gate Safety Certificate Course, aimed at automated gate and traffic barrier installation and maintenance operatives. DHF issued the Code of Practice for the Design, Manufacture, Installation and Maintenance of Powered Gates and Traffic Barriers The new courses, available to both members and non-members, started on 3rd October 2018 at DHF’s new training academy on the outskirts of Tamworth. The pro-active organisation is also working towards providing an online payment system for training, launching in the near future. Powered gates and traffic barriers In addition, DHF will be supporting a presentation delivered by EasyGates at Fencex, at which its Senior Training and Compliance Officer, Nick Perkins, will take questions from the audience on TS 011:2018. Fencex, on 17th October, falls in the middle of ‘Gate Safety Week’, a DHF initiative that has, over a five-year period, attracted support from heavyweight organisations such as HSE and The British Safety Council. In 2016, DHF issued the Code of Practice for the Design, Manufacture, Installation and Maintenance of Powered Gates and Traffic Barriers (DHF TS 011:2016), which provides a framework to ensure a gate is safe and therefore complies with the law, with more than 250 pages of legislation and standards condensed to just 17-pages of the 44-page document by their team of experts; all DHF members involved in automated gates or traffic barriers must abide by this. The Code was further updated in January 2018, in collaboration with DHF members and with input from certification bodies. Gate Safety Week Be sure that installers have had the correct training and keep up-to-date on the latest standards" “On the eve of the Gate Safety Week, and as the UK’s leading independent authority on gate safety, we continue to work tirelessly to engage, educate and encourage best practice and improved standards throughout our industry,” says DHF’s CEO, Bob Perry. “Our enduring message to the industry – and public – is simple: be sure that installers have had the correct training and keep up-to-date on the latest standards, and that your company is working to best practice.” With more than 450 members, DHF is widely regarded as a ‘Centre of Excellence’, representing companies working in the locks & building hardware, doorsets, industrial doors & shutters, domestic garage doors and automated gates industries. It is the ‘go to’ organisation for technical expertise, information, knowledge, advice, and practical help.
DHF (Door & Hardware Federation) has located its operations to a new and improved facility on the outskirts of Tamworth. ‘The Barn’ at ‘Shuttington Fields Farm’ has been home to the trade association since 3rd September and offers significantly larger office space, together with a state-of-the-art training academy and parking for more than 40 cars. It is located just four miles from junction 11 of the M42. The move has been prompted by DHF’s tremendous growth in both employees and membership, particularly in the past ten years and will yield considerable cost savings, with training and meetings being carried out on-site. “The federation has doubled in size in terms of membership and staff over the past five years, which is, of course, great news, but it is essential that we continue to offer a first-rate service to our members and support that growth with appropriate levels of resource,” explains DHF’s CEO, Bob Perry. “We have been at our Heath Street head office for more than 31 years; a move was long overdue.” DHF will continue to hold courses throughout the UK to ensure everyone can access a course State-of-the-art training academy DHF’s growth has been due, in part, to an increasing uptake of its training courses, with more than 2300 delegates completing one of its four courses on offer since the launch of the Gate Safety Diploma in September 2013. ‘The barn’ houses a top-of-the-range training academy which will accommodate 25 people. This will save the association vital funds previously spent on hiring venues across the country to host courses. Most of the training will now be undertaken in-house, however, DHF will continue to hold courses throughout the UK to ensure everyone can access a course. Additionally, DHF will be hiring out their facilities to external organisations. Positive learning experience “Our new office facilities herald a fresh chapter for DHF,” continues Bob. “We can now confidently support our on-going growth and expansion and continue to deliver value for our members. And the new training academy will facilitate a positive, learning experience for all attendees.” To make life easier for candidates, DHF has also secured corporate rates for accommodation at nearby ‘Best Western Appleby Park Hotel’ for those attending training courses. Candidates can book directly with the hotel.
A new code of practice (DHF TS 012:2018) designed to raise standards of safety in the industrial door industry has been announced by Tamworth-based trade association, the Door and Hardware Federation (DHF). The Code of Practice for the Design, Manufacture, Installation and Maintenance of Industrial Doors and Domestic Garage Doors (DHF TS 012:2018) is the 13th in a series of DHF technical specifications covering the range of industry sectors represented by DHF and is available as a free download. Providing a framework to ensure the safe and compliant installation of industrial doors and roller shutters, the code draws on safety legislation, European standards, and industry best practice. It gives practical help to all those involved with industrial doors by providing clear guidance on their legal obligation and responsibilities. The code took more than nine months to develop and going forward, will form the basis of the DHF comprehensive two-day Industrial Door Safety Diploma course. Setting industry benchmarks The DHF’s Industrial Door Group now represents more than 273 UK manufacturers, suppliers, installers or maintainers of industrial doors and industrial door equipment. “We welcome the release of DHF TS 012:2018 and see this as the ‘bible’ for those working with industrial doors and roller shutters,” says DHF Industrial Door Group Chairman, Dave Lewis. “Currently, there are too many untrained people working in the sector and with some of these products weighing up to three tons, safety is absolutely vital. If a door falls from 25-30 foot in the air causing an accident, the consequences can be life-changing for all concerned.” “This new DHF code of practice condenses and refines information from UK and European law and standards to provide accurate, clear reference and guidance for those working with industrial doors,” says DHF CEO, Bob Perry. “Reducing the ‘grey areas’ and supporting the requirements for competence and training at all levels in the process, we are confident that DHF TS 012:2018 will become the benchmark reference document setting standards across the industry.”
The Gate Safety Week campaign aims to spread awareness about the dangers of unsafe gates DHF has announced the dates of this year’s Gate Safety Week as 9th - 15th October, 2017. The campaign, a DHF initiative launched in 2014, is an on-going crusade aimed at creating awareness about the installation and maintenance of automated gates. Year-long activity culminates in a week of intense campaigning each October, with the initiative growing steadily over the past three years. Advanced training programmes Through its training programme, technical specifications, and collaborative working, the DHF has seen an improvement in the quality of gate installations as well as the knowledge of installers in the UK. However, DHF estimates that there are still up to 70% of automated gate installations that are unsafe, many of which would have been installed before 2010. The objective of the Gate Safety Week campaign is to educate both the public and industry professionals on the dangers of unsafe gates, as well as how to spot a potentially dangerous gate and how to report it. And this year’s primary focus is to shine a spotlight on potentially unsafe gates within the school environment. Highlighting importance of gate safety “With automated gates now an increasingly popular choice for school and educational buildings, it is absolutely crucial that the strictest safety measures are upheld to protect our children, whilst in the care of others,” says DHF Chief Executive, Bob Perry. “There is still a lot of work to do to improve gate safety and promoting the Gate Safety Week initiative to the education sector is just the beginning. We want to educate the educators, who will then educate the populace.” “It is absolutely crucial that the strictest safety measures are upheld to protect our children, whilst in the care of others” In February, DHF launched a school competition to find one UK school to become the face of the 2017 campaign, helping to highlight the importance of gate safety within the school environment. The competition will require pupils to design a poster on the theme: Safe Gates Save Lives. When the successful school has been chosen, the competition will start at the beginning of the summer term with entries submitted by the beginning of June. Ensuring safety of children The winning pupil will receive a prize, with the successful school winning a quantity of art supplies. And the winning poster will be used in the publicity campaign in the run up to Gate Safety Week. It is hoped the poster will help educate the school, parents, and children on safety around automated gates. With a little over six months to go before the climax of Gate Safety Week, DHF are also seeking the support of key organisations who can, once again, throw some influence behind the initiative. In 2016, messages of support from industry heavyweights such as HSE, NHBC, BSIF, ROSPA and The British Safety Council, added further credence to the crusade, supporting DHF’s on-going drive for best practice and higher standards across the industry.
It is vital that all gates are structurally sound, regularly maintained and inspected for safety on a regular basis With the DHF initiative, ‘Gate Safety Week’, now well underway, the Tamworth-based trade association is urging the industry to be aware of its responsibilities in ensuring that all gates are safe for use. The appeal follows the recent death of a 49-year-old tradesman, when a timber gate fell on him at a residential address in Lincolnshire on 9 March. Higher standards of safety Gate Safety Week, which takes place each October and will be taking place this year from 9th-15th, is the climax to a long period of activity designed to raise gate safety standards and has centred its safety campaign primarily around automated gates. However, as Chief Executive Bob Perry explains, it is vital that all gates are structurally sound, regularly maintained and inspected for safety on a regular basis. “This is a tragic case and a further example of the dangers associated with all gates, whether they be automated or not. Structural failure is the cause of the majority of gate accidents, so it is essential that the highest standards of safety are maintained. The responsibility for gate safety lies with gate manufacturers, installers, owners, repairers and maintainers and this tragic accident is a further reminder of the fundamental need for regular inspection and testing of all gate installations. This year’s ‘Gate Safety Week’ campaign – an all year-round initiative – will once again highlight this key message.” Automated gate statistics Now in its fourth year, ‘Gate Safety Week’ was launched by DHF to educate both the public and industry professionals on the dangers of poor installation and maintenance, as well as how to spot an unsafe gate and how to report it. With this year’s appeal that ‘Safe Gates Save Lives’, the campaign is growing progressively, with key organisations such as NSI, HSE, The British Safety Council and Gate Safe, backing the organisation’s ongoing drive for best practice and higher standards across the industry. "Structural failure is the cause of the majority of gate accidents,so it is essential that the highest standards of safety are maintained" Automated gates are becoming a more common sight than ever on residential driveways, housing and apartment developments, but the safety statistics are extremely worrying. In the past 11 years alone, six adults and three children have been killed in accidents caused by badly installed and poorly maintained automated gates and barriers in the UK and Ireland. Most alarmingly, it is estimated that a mere 30% of the 500,000 automated gates currently in service in the UK are fit for purpose. Gate safety in schools This year, ‘Gate Safety Week’ are focusing their efforts on gate safety within the school environment. “With automated gates now an increasingly popular choice for school and educational buildings, it is absolutely imperative that the strictest safety measures are upheld to protect our children, whilst in the care of others,” concludes DHF’s Marketing Manager, Patricia Sowsbery-Stevens.
The Door & Hardware Federation is the industry body representing the metal door and powered gate sectors The company responsible for a metal door that badly injured actor Harrison Ford on a Pinewood Studios film set has been fined £1.6 million. Ford was struck by a metal door during the production of a Star Wars film. Foodles Production (UK) Ltd, owned by Disney, had pleaded guilty earlier this year to two charges brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The sentence comes just days after a company was fined £500,000 after a man was killed by a steel gate in Wales. Door safety The DHF (Door & Hardware Federation) is the industry body representing the metal door and powered gate sectors. It is campaigning for higher standards of safety for doors, automated gates and barriers and is warning that courts are dealing with accidents caused by faulty doors and gates with ever-increasing severity. DHF CEO Bob Perry said: "The size of these latest fines demonstrates that the courts will show no leniency to companies who put human life at risk by having faulty doors and gates. We believe this latest fine is the highest ever to be levied in the industry.” "The responsibility for a safe door or gate lies with manufacturers, installers, owners, repairers and maintainers. The courts have recently been issued with new sentencing guidelines. These give them power to impose much larger fines on individuals and organisations in cases where unsafe industrial machinery such as doors and gates has caused death or serious injury." Risk assessment "The responsibility for a safedoor or gate lies with manufacturers, installers,owners, repairers andmaintainers” In the Harrison Ford case, the judge said the most serious breach was that the production company had carried out a risk assessment on the door, but failed to tell the actor about the dangers. He said the greatest failing of all on behalf of the company was a lack of communication. The DHF's in-depth safety diploma training scheme covers all aspects of industrial door and powered gate safety training. The preparation of risk assessments - and protocols for sharing the assessments with owners and users - form a key part of the DHF training course. To date, almost 1,000 personnel from the industrial door and powered gate sectors have successfully completed their DHF safety diploma training. Save
The BSI Kitemarked TS 007 cylinder solution withstands picking, drilling, snapping, bumping, and plug extraction A row over the online sale of lock picks and other thieves' tools to the general public has accelerated interest amongst locksmiths and security professionals in locks that successfully resist attack. Police chiefs have expressed concern over the ready availability of lock picks and similar devices and have criticised one leading online retailer for selling equipment that could encourage or facilitate crime. TS 007 door security standard In addition to lock picks, other types of equipment attractive to burglars, such as bump keys, are freely available from online retailers. There are also instruction manuals and videos demonstrating lock snapping and other methods of lock attack that can be downloaded from the internet. This led to the development of a domestic door security standard designed to defeat lock attack - TS 007. The BSI Kitemarked TS 007 three-star cylinder solution withstands five methods of lock attack: picking, drilling, snapping, bumping, and plug extraction. TS 007 was developed by the DHF (Door & Hardware Federation) and the GGF (Glass & Glazing Federation) and has the support of Secured by Design. A Kitemarked TS 007 cylinder is designed to replace the Eurocylinder typically used in locks found in domestic entrance doors made of PVC-u and composite materials which form the bulk of domestic entrance doors in the UK. Replacing Eurocylinders "The online availability of lock picks just adds to the burglars' armoury of equipment they can obtain to attack door locks" Security to the Kitemarked TS 007 standard can be achieved by either a combination of a TS 007 cylinder (marked with one star) and TS 007 security door furniture such as a strengthened door handle (marked with two stars); or a "super cylinder" (marked with three stars) that does not need additional door hardware. In both cases, the same degree of resistance against attack is provided. DHF CEO Bob Perry said: "The ability to purchase thieves' tools on the internet, and the opportunity to go online to learn lock attack methods, has been a concern to police, lock manufacturers and security professionals for some time. The online availability of lock picks just adds to the burglars' armoury of equipment they can obtain to attack door locks. TS 007 was a major industry initiative to meet these threats.” "Locksmiths and security specialists are increasingly advising their clients to replace Eurocylinders with TS 007 rated cylinders and handles to provide a three-star domestic security solution." Increased awareness RISCAuthority, the insurance-backed organisation that supports best practice in the protection of property and business, has referenced TS 007 and other standards developed by the lock industry in their recent Guidance to Occupiers publication. There is evidence, too, of increased awareness of the growing threat of lock attack amongst householders. They require locks and security devices that sport the familiar BSI Kitemark. In recent times, the TS 007 information page on the domestic householder section was the most visited page on the entire DHF website after the main home page.
Gate Safety Week is being held to raise awareness of the dangers of poorly fitted and maintained gates On the eve of Gate Safety Week—a campaign drawing public attention to unsafe gates—a company was fined half a million pounds after a man was killed by a gate in Wales.Poorly fitted and maintained gatesThe sentence was imposed on wholesale company A.F. Blakemore and Son Ltd on Friday, October 7, at Cardiff Crown Court. The company admitted a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974). Delivery driver Ronald Hayward died when he was pinned under a 300 kg (660 lb) steel gate that collapsed at their premises in Newport. The company admitted failing to ensure that the gates and gateposts were maintained and were in working order.Gate Safety Week, starting October 10 and running until October 16, is being held to raise awareness of the dangers of poorly fitted and maintained gates. It is being organised by the DHF (Door & Hardware Federation), the powered gate industry body which is campaigning for higher standards of safety for automated gates and barriers. The DHF represents Britain's leading manufacturers, suppliers, installers, and maintainers of powered automatic gates and gate automation equipment.An earlier inquest into Mr Hayward's death heard that the manual gate fell due to a failure of the hinge. The bolt fixing a bracket to an angle iron failed due to fatigue.Gate accidents statisticsSaid DHF CEO Bob Perry: "This tragic accident would have been avoided if the gate in question had been structurally sound, regularly maintained and inspected for safety. The size of the penalty imposed—a £500,000 fine with costs of £108,625—is a welcome sign that the courts are coming down hard on organisations and individual who put human life at risk by having unsafe gates. This type of structural failure could have equally severe consequences in powered gates." "It is estimated that only30% of the 500,000 automated gates in service in the UK aresafe to use" "Six adults and three children have been killed in accidents caused by badly installed and poorly maintained powered gates and barriers in the UK and Ireland in recent years. It is estimated that only 30% of the 500,000 automated gates in service in the UK are safe to use.""The responsibility for gate safety lies with gate manufacturers, installers, owners, repairers, and maintainers. This case is a stark reminder of the vital need for regular inspection and testing of all gate installations and this is one of the key messages we are promoting during Gate Safety Week."Safe Gates Save LivesThe clarion call of Gate Safety Week is Safe Gates Save Lives. Campaigners are stressing that correctly installed and regularly maintained powered gates are perfectly safe to use. But like any machine, they can be dangerous if they are not installed or maintained to the highest standards.Gate Safety Week is the climax to a long period of activity designed to raise standards of gate safety. The DHF's in-depth training scheme covers all aspects of powered gate safety including structural integrity and the minimisation of risks posed by automation. It has seen almost 800 powered gate installation engineers successfully complete the course. DHF TS 011:2016June 2016 saw the launch of a new industry code of practice designed to reduce the safety risks associated with powered gates and traffic barriers to as low as is reasonably practicable. All DHF members must abide by the code of practice (DHF TS 011:2016) which provides a framework to ensure a gate is safe and therefore complies with the law.The National Security Inspectorate (NSI), the UKAS-accredited certification and inspection body which audits security and safety providers, is using DHF TS 011:2016 to audit installers and maintainers in its new powered gates certification scheme. Save Save Save
The new DHF code reduces the risks associated with powered gates to as low as is reasonably practicable A new code of practice for the safe installation and maintenance of powered gates is rapidly establishing itself as the "bible" for gate installers across the UK. DHF TS 011:2016 - the DHF Code of Practice for the Design, Manufacture, Installation and Maintenance of Powered Gates and Traffic Barriers - has been developed by the DHF (Door & Hardware Federation). The DHF represents Britain's leading manufacturers, suppliers, installers and maintainers of powered automatic gates and gate automation equipment. The new Technical Specification took more than two years to develop and confirms the DHF's place at the forefront of automated gate safety. The importance of the new code is shown by the decision of the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) to use the DHF Technical Specification to audit installers and maintainers in its new powered gates certification scheme. NSI is the UKAS-accredited certification and inspection body which audits security and safety providers. Best practise for powered gates installations The new DHF code is designed to reduce the risks associated with powered gates to as low as is reasonably practicable. It achieves this by giving installers and maintainers - and all adherents to the code of practice - a framework to ensure a gate is safe and therefore complies with the law. The code draws on safety legislation and industry best practice. It gives 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 powered gates. Extensive reference for gate and barrier work It has condensed and refined information from numerous parts of UK and European criminal law and more than 20 British and European standards in order to provide a precise and clear reference for gate and barrier work. This cuts out the complexity and confusion often caused when attempting to apply information from a multitude of standards and legislation. "Our new DHF code of practice is fast becoming the benchmark industry reference document, setting the standard for owner and installer stakeholders alike" The code is shaking up the powered gate industry by helping to end the current unsatisfactory situation within parts of the industry caused by conflicting interpretations of the legal standards required. Safety standards for installers and maintainers DHF CEO, Bob Perry said, "In recent years there have been nine deaths in the UK and Ireland - six adults and three children - several serious injuries and countless near misses, all caused by dangerous powered gates and barriers. It's estimated that only 30% of the 500,000 automated gates in service in the UK are safe to use. Our new DHF code of practice is fast becoming the benchmark industry reference document, setting the standard for owner and installer stakeholders alike. Its introduction is a wake-up call for the industry and is helping confine powered gate and barrier accidents to the history books. It really is most encouraging that the NSI have chosen the DHF code to audit their gate scheme members. This demonstrates the standing the new code has attained in the industry so soon after its introduction." Graeme Hazlewood, NSI business development director said, "As the specialist certification body for the UK security and fire safety sectors, we are delighted to have collaborated with the DHF on the development of their Code of Practice DHF TS 011:2016 and integrate it into our new approval scheme for installers and maintainers of powered gates. NSI's role is to verify compliance with industry standards and codes of practice through rigorous audits carried out by our specialist auditors. NSI gates approval will provide reassurance to consumers that the company they have contracted is competent and professional, and the product provided is safe."
The campaign will cover the correct specification, supply, installation and operation of powered gates Safety campaigners are once again mounting a high profile drive designed to confine deaths and serious injuries caused by incorrectly installed and poorly maintained automated gates to the history books. Gate Safety Week is being held on October 10 - 16 this year. It will be underpinned by the clear and simple campaign slogan - Safe Gates Save Lives. The campaign is being run by the Door & Hardware Federation whose Powered Gate Group represents the UK powered gate industry. Aims of the campaign: To educate specifiers, merchants, installers, inspectors, surveyors and users in the correct specification, supply, installation and operation of powered gates; To highlight the liabilities and responsibilities of those who specify, install, maintain and use powered gates; To emphasise the importance of ensuring a powered gate is correctly CE marked and has been installed in accordance with the latest industry code of practice governing safety. Powered gate industry developments Recent significant developments within the powered gate industry mean that this year's Gate Safety Week campaign will be even more hard-hitting than previous campaigns. 2016 saw the launch of a new industry code of practice designed to reduce the safety risks associated with powered gates and traffic barriers to as low as is reasonably practicable. All DHF members must abide by the code of practice (DHF TS 011:2016) which provides a framework to ensure a gate is safe and therefore complies with the law.The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) is using DHF TS 011:2016 to audit installers and maintainers in its new powered gates certification scheme. NSI, the UKAS-accredited certification and inspection body which audits security and safety providers, hopes to announce the first accredited companies under its scheme during Gate Safety Week.DHF training More than 700 powered gate installation engineers have been through the DHF's demanding safety training scheme, recognised to be the most stringent in Europe.Said DHF CEO Bob Perry: "In recent years there have been nine deaths in the UK and Ireland - six adults and three children - several serious injuries and countless near misses in tragic accidents involving badly installed and poorly maintained powered gates and barriers. Properly installed and maintained powered gates are perfectly safe to use. But it's estimated that only 30% of the 500,000 automated gates in service in the UK are, in fact, safe."As an industry we're not prepared to tolerate this situation, which is why all the leading manufacturers, installers and maintainers of automated gates are throwing their weight behind this important initiative. We also welcome the support of the NSI for this year's Gate Safety Week."Our campaign will hammer home the message that automated gates in schools, public buildings, industrial and commercial premises and on residential driveways should be checked by qualified engineers for safe operation." Save
The Powered Gate Code of Practice covers installers' responsibilities for gate design, new installations, risk assessment and commissioning The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) has announced the launch of its ground-breaking Powered Gates certification scheme. Installers and maintainers of powered gates, barriers and gate automation equipment are now able to obtain NSI approval for the Services they provide in this sector. NSI approval provides the ultimate reassurance for buyers and users of powered gates that their contractor is complying with the highest standards of safety and security. NSI and DHF co-developed powered gate Code of Practice For the past two and a half years, NSI has been working with the Door and Hardware Federation (DHF) in the development of their new Powered Gate Code of Practice (DHF TS 011:2016 - Code of Practice for the Installation and Maintenance of Powered Gates). The new code, upon which the NSI certification scheme is based, covers installers' responsibilities for gate design, new installations, risk assessment and commissioning. It also details their responsibilities for the maintenance and modification of existing gates and covers risk assessment, safe isolation and documentation. The NSI scheme based on the DHF code is a significant response to industry concerns over poor safety standards and tragic accidents caused by unsafe powered gates. Since 2005 there have been seven deaths in the UK and Ireland, at least eight serious injuries and countless near misses caused by dangerous powered gates. It is reported by DHF that just 30% of the 500,000 automated gate installations in service in the UK are safe. NSI's new Powered Gates certification scheme is designed to reduce the safety risks associated with powered gates to as low as is reasonably practicable, and giving confidence to buyers and users in the service providers they choose to use. The NSI scheme based on the DHF code is a significant response to industry concerns over poor safety standards and tragic accidents caused by unsafe powered gates Pilot audit programme Six companies working in the powered gates sector recently volunteered themselves for scrutiny by taking part in a comprehensive pilot audit programme guided by the DHF and conducted by NSI. The programme tested the efficacy of the new code as fit for purpose including verifying the competence of NSI auditors, and the practicality of the audit process. Richard Jenkins, NSI Chief Executive said: "We are delighted to announce that from today, NSI is open for business for organisations seeking Powered Gate Approval as verification of their expertise and professionalism and commitment to gate safety. The pilot programme was invaluable in validating the code, the competencies of our auditors and our audit process. "We and the DHF are immensely grateful to the organisations who took part in the pilot programme. Many lessons have been learned over the last two and a half years and we can be rightly confident that the ‘Gates' certification scheme will demonstrate the commitment of progressive organisations working in the powered gates sector to raising standards." Bob Perry, DHF Executive Chairman said: "This has been a really fulfilling project, with us and NSI working so effectively together. I'm really pleased that this important new scheme is being launched today and we wish NSI every success in delivering it." Approved companies will be able to issue NSI/DHF Certificates of Compliance to the owners and operators of installations completed in compliance with the code. DHF TS 011:2016, the Code of Practice for the Installation and Maintenance of Powered Gates, can be downloaded from the DHF website.
The demand for the DHF training scheme demonstrates the industry's commitment to raise levels of powered gate safety in the UK The Door and Hardware Federation (DHF) has announced that the number of powered gate installation engineers and specialists to successfully complete its gate safety diploma course has topped 600. Training is provided by the DHF Powered Gate Group which represents the leading companies which manufacture, supply, install and maintain powered automatic gates and gate automation equipment. Powered gate specialists set to rise significantly The courses are held around the UK. With several more training sessions planned for the coming months, the number of qualified powered gate installation engineers and specialists is set to rise significantly. The high demand for its training scheme demonstrates the industry's commitment to further raise levels of powered gate safety in the UK, says the DHF. The two-day training course is aimed at all those individuals involved in the safety of automatically controlled powered gates including installation engineers and those responsible for gate maintenance. The scheme ensures that DHF member companies' personnel are trained to provide and install fully compliant gates in all environments. During each course, delegates complete a number of training modules - covering all aspects of gate safety from initial risk assessment through to force testing - in order to obtain their coveted DHF gate safety diplomas. Topics covered include law and regulations, use of standards, risk assessment, testing and inspection, documentation, repair and maintenance. Accelerating drive to raise standards in other sectors It is compulsory for all DHF Powered Gate Group member companies to put their personnel through the training scheme. It allows member companies to use the DHF Safety Assured mark which is their customer assurance that specifiers and purchasers have made a responsible and safe choice when choosing and maintaining powered gates. The DHF is also accelerating its drive to raise standards in other sectors by extending its training offering to companies that manufacture, install and maintain industrial doors and garage doors. Those training courses have just been launched are being held throughout 2016. Said DHF CEO Bob Perry: "The high demand for our training schemes demonstrates our determination to carry on raising the safety bar. Specifiers, contractors and end users are increasingly recognising that the level of safety, quality and compliance offered by all our member companies is reinforced by comprehensive training. There must be no place in our industry for untrained personnel who supply and install unsafe and illegal products." The DHF gate safety diploma training scheme is open to employees of all DHF member companies and also to non-member individuals who are responsible for installation, assessment and inspection of powered gates.
DHF member companies will be attending the safety diploma training scheme courses which are to be held throughout 2016 The Door & Hardware Federation (DHF) has accelerated its drive to raise industry standards by announcing a significant expansion to its Safety Assured training programme. Personnel from all DHF member companies which manufacture, install and maintain industrial doors and garage doors will be attending the DHF safety diploma training scheme courses which are to be held throughout 2016. Covers all aspects of door safety The courses will cover all aspects of door safety - from initial risk assessment through to testing and commissioning - so that training candidates can obtain their coveted DHF safety diplomas. Topics covered in the courses will include law and regulations, use of standards, risk assessment, testing and inspection, documentation, repair and maintenance. Managers, engineers, installers and maintainers will be attending the training courses. This significant expansion to the DHF's training offering follows the continuing success of the DHF powered gate safety diploma scheme. Over the past two years more than 500 personnel involved in the safety of automatically controlled powered gates, including installers, inspectors and those responsible for gate maintenance, have successfully completed gate safety training courses. Introduction of DHF Quality Assured Standards scheme and Codes of Practice The DHF represents the key players in industrial, commercial and garage doors and automated gates, as well as the leading UK manufacturers and suppliers of building hardware. It says the development of its training programme is the latest stage in an ambitious plan to raise the standards of its members' products and services to new levels. The plan has seen the introduction of the DHF Quality Assured Standards scheme and Codes of Practice. Also, the DHF has grown its technical and safety advisory team with the addition of audit inspectors and a training officer. Said DHF CEO Bob Perry: "Our vision has been to establish DHF member companies as the recognised source of products and services which are legally compliant and are both quality and safety assured. The forthcoming expansion of our training programme is a significant step to us achieving this ambition. ‘Raising standards' has long been the clarion call underpinning our drive for higher quality and compliance. "Specifiers, contractors and end users are benefitting from the knowledge that the level of safety, quality and compliance of all our members is reinforced by comprehensive training and is subject to rigorous audit and inspection. "Our success in achieving this is being increasingly recognised in the marketplace. There must be no place in our industry for untrained personnel who supply and install unsafe and illegal products." Membership of the DHF is at its highest level ever. There are now more than 300 members and it is confident its growth will continue throughout 2016.