Wednesday 22 December 2021

DHF celebrates 10 years of ‘gold standard’ TS 007

Ten years following the launch of kitemark standard, TS 007, DHF’s CEO, Bob Perry, reflects upon its continuing reputation as the ‘gold standard’ for cylinder lock security.

We live in a world full of standards and regulations. Although we may not agree with all of them, they are there to make our lives safer and more secure. That is certainly the case in the construction industry.

Amongst these many standards, a small number deserve recognition beyond the trade and professional circles, to a much wider audience. A good example of this is BS 3621, the BSI standard for the locks on exterior doors, and used extensively by insurance companies. Launched 60 years ago, it is entirely true to say that this standard has ‘stood the test of time’.

Similarly, PAS 24 which covers the enhanced security performance requirements for doorsets and windows, has become widely accepted in specifications.  A newer standard, launched in 1999, it has yet to receive the same public recognition as that of BS 3621.

But for the past decade, we have had a ‘new kid on the block’: TS 007, a standard that details the enhanced performance requirements for replacement cylinders and associated hardware. Launched in 2011, TS 007 has rapidly become one of the best-known component standards in building hardware.
Its introduction resulted from the emergence of a new ‘attack method’ based on snapping lock cylinders. Unlike previous attack methods such as cylinder bumping or picking, cylinder snapping required very little technical ability, relying mainly on brute force. 

A joint development between Door & Hardware Federation (DHF) and the Glass and Glazing Federation (with support and consultation from leading industry associations and Secured by Design), TS 007 was based on a star rating system.

One of its key benefits was its undeniable flexibility in achieving the three-star minimum performance level, either by use of a three-star cylinder, or a one-star cylinder combined with security hardware, such as a two-star security escutcheon. And one of TS 007’s original objectives was to act as a vehicle for third-party product certification, beginning in 2011 with the BSI Kitemark. 

A decade later, TS 007 has been adopted by the majority of cylinder manufacturers and has found a ready-made place in the market. It continues to provide assurance to domestic householders, successfully raised the bar in cylinder security and helped to significantly reduce the market demand for low-priced, poor security lock cylinders. Little wonder it is affectionately referred to as the ‘James Bond of standards’ for lock cylinders and hardware!

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