We encourage all professionals associated with the automated gate industry to take the Gate Safe training to improve their understanding of the required protocol to ensure a safe and compliant installation. (More about Gate Safe training)
Automated gate safety: the facts
- Anyone involved in the installation of a powered gate (whether it is a swing or sliding gate, a rising arm barrier, a bi folding or telescopic sliding gate) must ensure it complies with the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC.
- In order to achieve compliance the gate should have undergone a full risk assessment. The complex British Standards are used as a means to identify the various potential risks posed by an automated gate.
- A fully automatic gate should feature a minimum of two different types of safety device. Gate Safe advises that photocells / light curtains and pressure edges should be installed on every gate or barrier and would never support the idea that force limitation is an acceptable form of safety when not relying on safety edges
- In addition to using the British Standards to guide the Risk Assessment process, Gate Safe provides further additional general recommendations to encourage a holistic approach to best practice in relation to the installation of gates.
- This includes guidance on the requirements to ensure the overall mechanical strength / stability of the installation.
Gate Safe Guidance
You can read a selection of guidance documents from Gate Safe and also from HSE below:
Basic risk assessment for automated gates
Hazards associated with automated gates
Existing vs new compliance
Gate Safe Aware supporter code of conduct
Physical guidelines for automated gates
Falling gates hazard
Rising arm barrier guidance
Gate Safe Aware Installer code of conduct
Read the key HSE guidance here
Risks to pedestrians from crushing zones on electrically powered gates 1
Risks to pedestrians from crushing zones on electrically powered gates 2
New safety advice issued
Gate Safe MOT
To the untrained eye, there is no difference in the appearance of a safe or unsafe gate. The Gate Safe MOT provides a clear visual reference to indicate that a gate has been installed / maintained in line with best industry practice. Only Gate Safe installers are eligible to fit the Gate Safe MOT and the benefits include:
- Setting your business apart from the competition by demonstrating best practice and an over-riding commitment to the safety of any automated gate installation installed / maintained by your company
- The MOT needs to be renewed on a maximum of an annual basis maximum, so the scheme will help to boost customer loyalty and retention – no gate owner will be keen to have a gate which has a clear reference to the fact that the regular service has been overlooked
- The MOT offers a natural branding exercise for your business, providing a clear reference to your company to anyone that uses the gate
Gate Safe Visualiser
The Gate Safe Visualiser is an online, interactive, visual guide or checklist for those involved in:
- Gate specification
- Gate design
- Gate installation
It is designed to navigate you through nine easy steps to help specify, design and install automated gates to the latest safety standards.
In addition, the Visualiser provides guidance to the end user as to what they can expect from their automated gate.
Find out more about the Gate Safe Visualiser Here
What is a Premier Installer
Gate Safe introduced Premier Installer membership specifically for larger installer companies, to ensure that Gate Safe best practice was instilled in a significant proportion of the installer work force.
A company which boasts Premier Installer membership is required to have invested in training a minimum of 80% of its employees who are actively involved in the supply / fitting of automated gates.
Premier Installers have an enhanced entry on our postcode map and A-Z search facilities.