Guide To Gate Safety Legislation & Standards

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If you’ve been thinking about having an automatic gate opener installed but got discouraged at the sight of laws and regulations you need to pay attention to, you’re not the only one.

The laws and regulations may seem overwhelming, especially on topics that aren’t in your everyday conversations. We’ve created a short guide with the laws and regulations you need to comply with, so you can have a bit more clarity. Fortunately, most of them are the manufacturer’s or installer’s responsibility so make sure you ask them what’s important.

First, check with your homeowners association or local municipality to see if there are any restrictions on the type or style of gate you can have. Second, be sure to get all the necessary permits before having any work done. Third, make sure your installer is licensed and insured. And lastly, be sure to have a backup power source in case of a power outage.

Now that we’ve gone over the basics, let’s get into the details of each law and regulation.

How to Make Sure Your Automatic Gate Opener is Compliant

Some people tend to overlook the importance of a system that is properly installed and compliant with the legislation. However, after the two tragic incidents in June 2010 where two children lost their lives in less than one week in separate events, the safety standards were raised.

Please remember that the proof of having a compliant system is more than just a piece of paper. It’s the peace of mind in knowing that your new addition to the property does not put your family or visitor’s lives at risk.

Make Sure To Check All Documentation

Before contracting an installer, you need to make sure can provide you with the following documents and marks:

  • The declaration of conformity
  • The CE stamp or label that certifies the product is compliant with the European legislation
  • The instructions for safe use of the gate
  • The installation and maintenance log.

In case of an accident, each of these documents proves that the automatic gate opener that you had installed did not pose a threat under normal circumstances. This can save you not only peace of mind, but also money otherwise paid on fines and penalties.

Required Tests By Installers

Additionally, the installer needs to carry out two different tests, to make sure that the gate was installed properly:

  • The risk assessment
  • Force testing results

The Risk Assessment

The first test is called “the risk assessment” and its purpose is to identify any risks that might be associated with the use of the gate.

The Force Testing Result

The second test, called “the force testing results”, is meant to identify if the gate has been installed according to the manufacturer’s specifications. The test consists of trying to push the gate open with increasing force until it reaches a point where the door should start opening.

The results of both tests should be kept on record and made available to you, the customer.

If there are any risks associated with the use of the gate, they must be removed by the installer.

If they cannot be removed, the installer must point them out to you, instruct you on how to operate the gate safely, and apply signage on the affected areas of the gate.

The risks that cannot be removed must be included in the installation and maintenance log that the installer hands over to you after the installation.

The Onus In On You To Comply

If you suspect the risks identified are too high and will interfere with the system’s compliance with the current laws and regulations, please seek a second opinion from a different installer. However, the risks identified at this step are almost always minimal.

Make Sure Your Gate Is Serviced Regularly

Aside from these indicators that you must ask your installer, you also need to make sure the gate remains compliant with the upcoming regulations. Although your installer will most likely let you know when new safety standards are enforced, it is your responsibility to pay for the new intervention.

Automatic gates need to be serviced regularly to make sure they are working properly and are compliant with the law. The recommended service interval is once every three years.

If you choose not to have your gate serviced, you do so at your own risk. If an accident were to happen and it’s found that your gate was not serviced in over three years, you could be held liable.

Call Us For Advice Or Help

At MDS Security, we make sure all our products comply with the most recent standards and are installed risk-free. If you have any questions regarding the compliance of your automatic gate opener, feel free to contact us at 01204 852 262 or send your message via the contact form.