Friday 11 June 2021

10 years of support for the automated gate sector, from DHF

DHF (Door & Hardware Federation) is applauding its decade of support for the automated gate and traffic barrier sector. The pro-active Tamworth-based trade association continues to be a vocal advocate for raising industry standards. 

Through its key initiatives such as training and collaboration and as a result of its tireless efforts in advancing safety across all of the sectors it serves, significant improvements have been seen industry-wide. This is noticeable in the improved quality of gate installations and installer knowledge across the UK.
DHF’s Head of Commercial Operations, Patricia Sowsbery-Stevens said:  
“We are not only celebrating 10 years of putting our weight behind the industry, but the many positive and considerable milestones that have been achieved along the way.

“For example, ’setting the standard’ by offering Ofqual-regulated training and in so doing, becoming the UK’s very first organisation to offer an official qualification for the automated gate sector that complements the industry NVQ, has been a significant highlight for the federation. The formal qualification is recognised by employers and is vital in demonstrating a competent workforce. This has been a genuine ‘game changer’ across the industry.
“In addition, in 2016 we launched the first version of the DHF TS 011 series; our Code of Practice for the Design, Manufacture, Installation and Maintenance of Powered Gates and Traffic Barriers, provides a framework to ensure a gate is safe and therefore complies with the law. We successfully condensed more than 250 pages of legislation and standards into just 17-pages of the 44-page document, in collaboration with DHF members and with input from certification bodies. This is currently under review and a 2021 edition will be launching in the summer. This serves as a further highlight for the sector.”   
With gate safety very much in mind, DHF will once again be demonstrating its support for Fencex when the event is held later this year, its 10th anniversary. The exhibition, which was due to take place in October 2020 but was cancelled because of ‘covid’, is staged every two years and will be taking place on 13th October at the Warwick Suite at NAEC Stoneleigh near Coventry.  
Fencex is the only UK exhibition dedicated to perimeter security, fencing and access control and attracts close to 400 delegates, bi-annually; this year, it will be hosting companies from the UK, Europe, China and America.  DHF has been a long-standing supporter of Fencex and is the premier sponsor for 2021.
DHF launched their own national gate safety campaign, ‘Gate Safety Week’ (later, Gate Safety Month) in 2012, a cause that the trade association continues to support. DHF and ‘Gate Safety Week’ rapidly became synonymous with one another and was actively supported by some of the most influential organisations in the security, enforcement, inspection, education and safety sectors, with likes of Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and Health and Safety Executive (HSE) choosing to endorse its objectives.  
Patricia continues:
“Every day is about gate safety at DHF and we consider it our responsibility to inform and educate a wider audience on the importance of safe and compliant gates and the standards affecting the safety of installations, maintenance and repair on an on-going basis.

“We will never stop lobbying for safer standards surrounding powered gates.” 
The challenges of the past year have been more than met by DHF, with training, collaboration and safety a continuing top priority.
Patricia says:
“We remained focused on providing our members - and the wider industry - with much-needed information through the covid pandemic, ensuring that those at a distance could continue to learn by way of our Distance Learning programme (DLP).” 
Martin Keelagher, Chair of the DHF Automated Gate Group commented:
“DHF is leading the way in raising awareness of the safety issues involved in the correct installation of automated gates and traffic barriers, to protect users and the general public. It is my privilege as the current Chair of the Automated Gate Group to advocate the work DHF has done and continues to do in the sector.  
“Everyone is looking forward to seeing Fencex return this year after a short hiatus and DHF welcomes visitors to its stand in October. The Technical & Training Team will also feature in the learning programme of Fencex, which is further testament to DHF’s commitment to safety and education.”  
DHF will be on stand 32 at Fencex 2021. For further information about DHF’s training provision, please visit: 

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