- a thorough risk assessment is a key part of the safety process on every individual automated gate installation, repair or maintenance visit
- force testing can be used to quantify some hazards and verify control measures, either on site or in a documented type test, but such testing is not a substitute for a thorough risk assessment
- gates should operate with the minimum force to deliver a reliable installation
It is jointly accepted that every new installation should be installed to a safe standard and that there should be a declaration of conformity with the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008 supported by the application of a CE mark.
We also agree that the same level of safety be applied to existing installations whenever any work is done or a maintenance contract is entered into and that the industry needs to have clear understanding on how best to approach the issue of old and possibly unsafe installations.
In the interest of public safety, both Gate Safe and the Powered Gate Group continue to work alongside each other in pursuit of a common shared goal. As agreed at an original Gate Safe Steering Group meeting (15.4.11), attended by the HSE and the DHF, Gate Safe is committed to focusing on building awareness amongst all professionals involved in the industry, while a prime objective of the Powered Gate Group is to provide a substantially enhanced level of training.
We trust this open statement deals with any of your concerns and reaffirm our pledge to be united in the crusade for improved standards of safety for automated gates.
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