The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) have now issued official gate safety guidelines following gate safety campaigners and representatives from the Door & Hardware Federation (DHF) powered gate group ‘gate safe’ and CAME safe, pushing to have them released. The guidelines also come after talks with the government body.
New information has been released through the HSE website, including guidelines on safety relating to the design, construction, supply, and use, inspection, examination and maintenance of powered gates.
Details relating to the law and responsibilities for designers, manufacturers, installers, owners, maintenance; safety for design and construction when in use and following maintenance, has also been included.
Nick Perkins from the Door and Hardware Federation said that he has had discussions with the HSE about clarification of the rules applicable to powered traffic barrier systems. He explains, “We are making a document available through the PGG section of the DHF website.”
The Gate Safety Conference 2015
This Autumn’s Gate Safety Conference, which is currently being planned, will be the third to be staged in the UK. Hosted in the midlands, the conference will bring attention to the latest developments.
The conference, which will be taking place in Dudley on October 14th, will be jointly promoted by German based manufacturer, ASO Safety Solutions, and EasyGates.
The conference will, of course, coincide with Gate Safety Week which is run by the DHF’s Powered Gate Group. Gate Safety week will run in October of this year to promote industry and consumer awareness.
Why is the Gate Safety Conference important?
As this is the third Gate Safety Conference, it is more important than ever to maintain the interest sparked by the first two conferences. Helmut Friedrich, MD of ASO Safety Solutions explains that a lot has happened in the industry in the three years since the last conference. He says that there have been positive changes in some areas however there are some things that have not yet been improved.
Gate safety is essential for not only protecting people but for helping out businesses. Keeping installers up to date with clear guidelines is important, especially when there is a lack of training in the market. You can find out more about last year’s Gate Safety Week and the DHF gate safety training course in January by reading our latest articles.