Thursday, 19 September 2013

DHF Training scheme leads latest powered gate safety drive

Andy Holz, chairman of the Powered Gate Group of the DHF (left),
pictured with DHF Gate Safety Diploma assessor Steve Allen
and some of the successful candidates.


New chapter in powered gate safety opens as first candidates gain training qualifications

The first candidates have successfully completed the new DHF Powered Gate Safety Diploma training course. This is the latest initiative by the Door & Hardware Federation (DHF) in its drive to increase safety levels of powered automatic gates.

Twenty installers were put through their paces during the intensive two-day course held in Manchester at the beginning of September. They completed 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.

The training scheme is compulsory for all DHF members who supply and install powered gates or powered gate equipment. It has been put in place by the Powered Gate Group which was set up by the DHF to educate and promote the safe and responsible design, manufacture and installation of automatic gates.

The DHF Gate Safety Diploma opens a new chapter in powered gate safety in the UK. The training curriculum was developed following consultation with the Health & Safety Executive and is the industry's only scheme to offer this depth of training.

Said Andy Holz, chairman of the Powered Gate Group of the DHF: 
“The Gate Safety Diploma course sets a new standard in gate safety. There is no other safety assured training scheme for gate safety like it in the UK and it will quickly become a benchmark.

“This is not simply about turning up to get the badge. This is about ensuring safety standards are prioritised and every candidate is being fully assessed before qualification for the diploma is confirmed.”

The course is open to installers and all personnel responsible for assessment and inspection of powered gates. The second diploma course is being held in October and further courses will be held early in 2014.

Chris Threadgold, general manager of Lancashire based Astbury, who successfully completed the course, said: 
“Safety is fundamental to the work we do and the diploma is the only way forward for the industry becoming safety assured at all levels.”

For more information on the DHF Gate Safety Diploma scheme visit .

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