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General

Automated gates & traffic barriers are convenient to use and form an integral part of any site security system in a wide range of environments, e.g. industry, commerce, education, car parks, public utilities, collective residences and domestic residences.  Systems come in a wide variety of styles that include, swinging, sliding and folding gates and vertically moving car park barriers.

As these systems are used to provide control over perimeter access, they are placed at the boundary between public and private areas.  The fact that they are used by the public, as well as a wide range of vehicle types and pedestrian capabilities, means that safety must be given high priority.  Not only able bodied adults will be affected, people with limited sight, physical restrictions, learning difficulties and of course young children may also come into contact.

It is for this reason that the law demands that these systems are safe when first provided but also kept safe by regular maintenance.  Historically there have been problems with automated gate and traffic barrier safety as not everyone in the industry was properly informed, leading to a catalogue of deaths and injuries affecting adults and children alike. 

Since 2010 dhf has been actively campaigning for safer systems and has provided training and documentary guidance for the industry as well as users.  The industry leading Automated Gate Safety Diploma is available to all industry stakeholders.  The dhf Code of Practice TS 011:2016 contains all the legislative, standards and documentary guidance necessary for both providers and users in a single document.

Properly specified and maintained automated gates and barriers are perfectly safe to use.

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