Health & Safety Requirements (Gate Automation)

As a provider of gate automation we at Cheshire Gates feel it is our obligation to inform you of EC laws, and updates to laws, relating to the operation of automated access equipment and the potential liability issues that would arise in the event of human injury or death as a result of faulty or un-maintained equipment.

All new gate installations should come with a gate manual and contained in the manual should be the results of the gates travelling force test. Its measured in Newton’s. A gates force at the potential crushing points should not exceed 400N. Your test will show your results, keep with your gate documentation.

To summarise the salient points relating to these legal requirements:

  • In accordance with The Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations, it is a requirement that the end user/customer of all industrial doors and automated systems shall establish a fully documented maintenance regime in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • The European Community Commission has declared that all AUTOMATIC CLOSING SYSTEMS are governed by the Machine Directives 1 and must comply with the CE, EN12453 standard (and the corresponding CE, EN12445
    relative to testing and measurement), determine the requirements for the automatic closing system and furnish
    indications as to how dangerous situations can be avoided or reduced according to the following methods:
    o Respecting the safety measurements
    o The minimum protection level and force limitation
    o Detecting presence and using safety devices
    o Resistance to breakage and failure
  • Documents to be handed over to the client, must contain the following:
    o The operating instructions for the safe use of the system
    o Normal maintenance instructions
    o The declaration of approval
    o The maintenance register
  • It is also a requirement of British Standards (BS12453) that a bi-annual service of safety systems be carried out by a competent body.

It is, therefore, imperative that you ensure that all sites fitted with any form of automated access equipment, without
exception, is issued with a maintenance regime compliant with European Community Commission directives.

At Cheshire Gates we provide competitively priced service and maintenance contracts that will not
only ensure that you keep on the right side of the law, but more importantly, will give you the peace
of mind that your entrances are protected by fully operational, maintained security and access
control equipment.