Tuesday, 15 March 2016

600 trained powered gate specialists… and counting

The Door and Hardware Federation (DHF) has announced that the number of powered gate installation engineers and specialists to successfully complete its gate safety diploma course has topped 600.

Training is provided by the DHF Powered Gate Group which represents the leading companies which manufacture, supply, install and maintain powered automatic gates and gate automation equipment.

The courses are held around the UK. With several more training sessions planned for the coming months, the number of qualified powered gate installation engineers and specialists is set to rise significantly.

The high demand for its training scheme demonstrates the industry’s commitment to further raise levels of powered gate safety in the UK, says the DHF.

The two-day training course is aimed at all those individuals involved in the safety of automatically controlled powered gates including installation engineers and those responsible for gate maintenance. The scheme ensures that DHF member companies' personnel are trained to provide and install fully compliant gates in all environments.

During each course, delegates complete a number of training modules - covering all aspects of gate safety from initial risk assessment through to force testing - in order to obtain their coveted DHF gate safety diplomas. Topics covered include law and regulations, use of standards, risk assessment, testing and inspection, documentation, repair and maintenance.

It is compulsory for all DHF Powered Gate Group member companies to put their personnel through the training scheme. It allows member companies to use the DHF Safety Assured mark which is their customer assurance that specifiers and purchasers have made a responsible and safe choice when choosing and maintaining powered gates.

The DHF is also accelerating its drive to raise standards in other sectors by extending its training offering to companies that manufacture, install and maintain industrial doors and garage doors. Those training courses have just been launched are being held throughout 2016.

Said DHF CEO Bob Perry:
“The high demand for our training schemes demonstrates our determination to carry on raising the safety bar. Specifiers, contractors and end users are increasingly recognising that the level of safety, quality and compliance offered by all our member companies is reinforced by comprehensive training. There must be no place in our industry for untrained personnel who supply and install unsafe and illegal products.”
The DHF gate safety diploma training scheme is open to employees of all DHF member companies and also to non member individuals who are responsible for installation, assessment and inspection of powered gates. 

For information on dates and venues of future DHF training courses, and to book places, go www.dhfonline.org.uk/training.aspx .

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