Designed with facilities managers and nominated Responsible Persons in mind, the guide has been created to be a trusted source of safety and compliance information. It is free for any business to download and use to review their own fire doors. In 2019, the Fire Door Inspection Scheme found that 76% of fire doors inspected were condemned as not fit for purpose, with excessive gaps, damaged smoke seals and poorly adjusted door closers the top reasons for failings. Fire door safety The research suggests that more organisations need to focus on fire door safety and how to ensure their solutions remain safe and compliant. Abloy’s guide outlines whose responsibility fire doors are, along with a seven-step guide to door inspection and a printable check list to assist with record keeping. The guide is the latest part of Abloy’s long-term commitment to fire safety; for more than 10 years it has offered free training at the Abloy Academy designed to help the market understand the importance of compliance with Building Regulations. Access control Pat Jefferies, Commercial Director at Abloy UK, said: “We take our commitment to fire door compliance incredibly seriously. Anyone with a responsibility for access control has a duty to increase their knowledge and commit to making buildings safe for occupants: specifying the correct solution can mean the difference between life and death.” “I understand that there are many other pressing priorities in 2020, but to be frank you’ll care a lot less about these if you’re trapped in a burning building. That’s why we must never, ever let fire door safety slip, and instead find the best solutions that combine touch-free access along with compliance for emergency escape.”
Abloy UK has launched a suite of webinars designed to help organisations stay up to date with the latest in building regulation compliance and access control technology. The two RIBA Core Curriculum CPD webinars also have the aim of keeping the sector connected while so many are working from home, as well as helping security specifiers plan for the future after lockdown. The first, Electrically Controlled Fire and Escape Doors, CE Marking and the CPR, will provide an understanding of compliance and incorporating access control systems in commercial buildings. It will cover compliant access control systems and give guidance on ensuring electric locking specifications meet the requirement of both fire door and escape door legislation. The course will take place on Wednesday 15th April at 2pm and can be signed up to on the official website. Low carbon footprint solutions The course will take place on Thursday 16th April at 2pm, and can be signed up to on the official website The second, Digital Transformation in Physical Security, offers double CPD points and provides an insight into how the disruptive world of digital technology is impacting on conventional physical security. It will explore how to manage keys and access to buildings in today's smart world, while future-proofing the physical security of modern buildings against threats technology can bring. Digital Transformation in Physical Security will also cover how to achieve cost effective, aesthetic and smart security with a proven return on investment while remaining sustainable with low carbon footprint solutions. The course will take place on Thursday 16th April at 2pm, and can be signed up to on the official website. Access control technology Pat Jefferies, Commercial Director at Abloy UK, said: “Many people now working from home have the opportunity to rethink and adapt their working day, which has enabled them to update their knowledge and professional training. Now is an ideal time to take on take on the jobs we typically never to, and training is a perfect example. These webinars will allow people and organisations to keep up to date with the latest in access control technology, allowing them to hit the ground running once life returns to normal.” The webinar will be recorded and made available afterwards to all who have registered.
Security expert Abloy UK is excited to announce the launch of the intelligent motor locks - the EL495 and EL595. These innovative and compliant high quality motor locks have been developed to make facilities and sites more safe and secure. The locks automatically diagnose the condition of its capacitors, so when the lock reaches the end of its lifecycle it gives an audible warning allowing the lock to be replaced before it fails. This feature will allow the smoother running of facilities management and provide peace of mind knowing that the lock is operating to specification. Exceptional environments Both solutions are compliant to British Standards - EL495 is BS EN179 and BS EN1125 approved, and the EL595 is BS EN179 approved. There are three variants of the EL495 and EL595 available, including a Fail Unlocked (FU) model, Fail Locked model (FL) and high security lock case with mechanical exit feature. In normal operation the inside handle does not operate the lock, access control is required on both sides of the door to allow entrance or exit The Fail Unlocked (FU) model is designed for high security two-way Access Control doors. In normal operation the inside handle does not operate the lock, access control is required on both sides of the door to allow entrance or exit. The inside handle is electrically controlled, on activation of a fire alarm or other input the handle becomes operational. The deadlocking latch remains locked and the door secure. The Fail Locked model (FL) is for exceptional environments and in normal operation the inside handle does not operate the lock, access control is required on both sides of the door to allow entrance or exit. Improve operational efficiencies The inside handle is electrically controlled allowing the handle to be operational when required, on activation of a fire alarm or other input the handle will not allow egress. The latch remains locked and the door secure. The high security lock case features a mechanical exit feature, and in normal operation the lock is used with access control from outside and the handle on the inside always operational. There is no electronic handle control or diagnostics feature; the EL495 is for profile doors and EL595 is for solid doors. Pat Jefferies, Commercial Director of Abloy UK said: “Abloy’s commitment to quality includes proactive and efficient product development to ensure a streamlined portfolio that meets the needs of our customers. The launch of the EL495 and EL595 demonstrates our commitment to improve operational efficiencies for our customers, and these intelligent motor locks not only ensure high security but also make facilities management easier.”
Security expert Abloy UK is highlighting the importance of access control systems that offer dynamic lockdown, following recent reports that retail stores are being advised by counter-terror police launching the Protect and Prepare campaign, to develop emergency contingency plans recommending a 'sixty second' security checklist to avoid panic during reports of terror attacks. High street shops throughout the country hit their busiest period during Christmas. With large numbers of people around, counter-terror police are providing stores with a security checklist that can be implemented in sixty seconds to prevent widespread panic in terror or emergency situations. Threat awareness and preparedness To improve reaction times and ensure evacuations can take place as smoothly as possible, staff should know who is in charge of emergency plans, when it is appropriate to evacuate a store, when to order a lockdown, and the best places to hide in the event of an attack. An effective way for retailers to be prepared for such a threat is with Dynamic Lockdown An effective way for retailers to be prepared for such a threat is with Dynamic Lockdown, which is the ability to provide for basic life safety in the event of such eventualities as a terror attack or other unforeseen threats. It offers the capability to compartmentalise buildings and sites by controlling the flow of people by preventing access to unauthorised intruders, providing real physical security from the secure side of the door, while also allowing exit and escape where required. This can have vital importance in protecting members of the public by preventing access for threats to enter a building but at the same time allowing them to leave the building if necessary. Dynamic Lockdown applications With this in mind, Abloy UK has developed solutions that can provide for Dynamic Lockdown for a wide range of applications. For the retail sector specifically, Abloy systems are available to secure doors between public and non-public areas and exits from main staff areas. Products include Abloy’s range of compliant electric locks and the Escape Door System (EDS). Abloy continuously promotes the importance of emergency escape systems with free training on standards" Electric locks - such as the Abloy EL560 solenoid lock and EL520 motorised lock - work by controlling either the latch or the handle, or by motorising the bolt back once a proximity card is presented or a request to exit device is used. This ensures that only authorised personnel are able to gain access to the building, and the system will prevent any unauthorised persons from entering. Fail-unlocked locking element What’s more, the EDS offers blocking with a fail-unlocked locking element that does not require any mechanical input to operate, and intelligent control that allows connection to fire alarm systems or other building control systems to ensure escape in an emergency. The Trigger unit incorporates a key-switch and a push button that tells the controller to release the locking mechanism to allow safe escape. Pat Jefferies, Commercial Director at Abloy UK, commented, “This is a superb initiative by counter-terror police as it will make retailers more proactive and able to respond faster to potentially life-threatening events. Egress from a building can be a matter of life and death, so here at Abloy we continuously promote the importance of emergency escape systems with free training on standards and compliance via our Academy.”
Security expert Abloy UK has relaunched its popular Abloy Foundations Plus course, which covers minimum performance standards, Dynamic Lockdown and the Constructions Product Regulations. The Foundations course covers the majority of standards applicable to doorsets - from hinges to door selectors - and helps delegates to understand the needs of a door, from its location within the building to the purpose the door must fulfil. The Foundations Plus course is an advanced add-on to the Foundations course, going one step further in educating delegates on industry terminology. This provides attendees with the knowledge to specify products that are suitable for both the application and door type. The course covers the locking and escape requirements for access control electric locking in both retrofit and new build applications Access control electric locking The course covers the locking and escape requirements for access control electric locking in both retrofit and new build applications, ensuring a safe and secure solution. Enrolment on the Foundations Plus course is subject to having successfully completed the Foundations course. Pat Jefferies, Commercial Director at Abloy UK, said: “The first relaunched Foundations Plus course was successfully hosted at ASSA ABLOY UK headquarters on Friday 23rd February 2018, with a full house of customers and specifiers. Courses for CPD points “The course utilises the theory and knowledge gained from the Foundations course to ensure the correct specification of compliant electric locking solutions for access control doors. It provides an excellent link from the Foundations course to Abloy’s more advanced training modules such as Electric Locking. “Foundations and Foundations Plus can both be used to gain valuable CPD points, so we encourage anyone involved in the specification of doors and access control solutions – whether you’re an installer, security manager, lock centre, end-user or specifier - to get involved.” Abloy Foundations Plus course 2018 dates as follows: Friday 25th May Friday 27th July Friday 19th October
Security expert Abloy UK is showcasing its range of compliant security solutions at MLA Expo 2017, and highlighting the importance of fire and escape door standards in saving lives. Taking place at the International Centre, Telford, between 6th-8th October 2017, MLA Expo is Europe's largest exhibition trade show for the locksmith and security industry. Interactive training sessions and demonstrations Products presented on Abloy’s stand include a wide range of mechanical and electromechanical systems, some of which can be integrated with smart technology. Standards expert Pat Jefferies will be hosting an interactive training session on compliance for escape and fire doors, and visitors to Abloy’s stand H2.27 can also get a hands-on demonstration of the company’s new products – eCLIQ and the Escape Door System (EDS). Electronic locking and key management solutions eCLIQ is a completely electronic locking solution, which uses the mechanical precision and microelectronic modules of the PROTEC2 CLIQ system. The locks within the range are secure and reliable, with a compact waterproof design allowing for the strongest possible security. The system also takes advantage of the core benefits of the PROTEC2 CLIQ solution, as each key is individually programmable. This solves the problem of lost keys and allows for access rights to be easily amended or deleted as required. The EDS allows Read In / Read Out on Escape Doors without compromising safety or security, it complies with BS EN 13637 and it enables delayed egress as well as controlled egress with just a turn of the key. Fire and escape door showcases Other products showcased on the stand include Abloy’s range of compliant and energy efficient Electric Locks, EffEff Electric Strikes, Door Cylinders, Super Weatherproof Padlocks, Rim and Mortice Locks and Door Closers. Pat Jefferies, Commercial Director at Abloy UK, “We know the MLA Expo is the key event in locksmith’s diaries, and are keen to meet with visitors to discuss a range of topics including fire and escape door standards. Abloy not only has a wide range of compliant high security products, but we’re also renowned for our expertise when it comes compliance, and we’re pleased to offer training on this and other topics at our Academy, to help make sure the right products are fitted in the right applications. So, stop by stand H2.27 to chat with myself or one of our expert team, and see how we can help you and your business.”
Pat Jefferies will cover the requirements of the ‘Construction Products Directive’ applicable throughout Europe Security expert Abloy UK is calling for visitors to ISEC 2017 to attend its seminar, which explains important changes to access control locking applications on fire and escape doors. Access control locking applications Taking place on the 26th-27th April 2017 in the Conference Centre, Citywest, Dublin, ISEC is Ireland's long-established event for the Irish Security and Fire Industry. The seminar will help delegates understand the minimum legal performance criteria for access control locking applications for fire and escape doors. This includes EN179 and EN1125, reinforced with new licencing requirements for locksmiths and installers in the Republic of Ireland, through the Private Security Authority (PSA) and impending changes in local Building Regulations. Construction Products Directive Pat Jefferies, Commercial Director at Abloy UK, is presenting the seminar, and is retained by BSI and CEN as the UK’s Electric Locking Technical Expert. He will also cover implementing the requirements of the ‘Construction Products Directive’ applicable throughout Europe within the seminar. Pat commented: “If you or your business supply, specify, or install access control locking or blocking as part of a security system, you cannot afford to miss this seminar. I’ll be explaining the minimum performance criteria, and the implications of getting the specification wrong.”