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Gate Automation and Barriers

CCSS has partnered with CAME who are leading manufacturers of gate and door automation equipment.

We specialise in automated hinged and sliding gates and provide installation, servicing and full maintenance for systems that we and others have installed. Both CCSS engineers and sales staff attend regular CAME workshops which are particularly important given the recent Health and Safety Executive (HSE) notice warning of the dangers of automated gates.

Automated gates and barriers must comply with the EU Machinery Directive. CCSS engineers are qualified to carry out the work and provide advice on compliance with these standards.

Automatic Gates

You have carried out a risk assessment and decided to secure your perimeter or restrict access to car parking areas of your estate, what should be your first concern when choosing auto gates and barriers? Its something you probably don’t even know exists: The ‘EU Machinery Directive 98/37/EC’

When specifying an automated gate or traffic barrier it is important to make sure that the product you receive is both safe and compliant with the applicable legislation. The Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations also referred to as the Machinery Directive require that the provider must make sure that the system is safe, taking into account the current state of the art, accompanied with instructions for use and maintenance, a Declaration of Conformity and be CE marked.

The term “state of the art” as required by the Machinery Directive means that the manufacturer of the system must achieve and, in some cases (where standards are proved to be deficient), exceed the levels of safety set out in current product specific standards.

These standards come from a package of European standards that have been in place since 2001 although, since then, some have been deemed insufficient. The HSE website may help you with your obligations for the workplace.

http://www.hse.gov.uk/work-equipment-machinery/powered-gates/safety.htm

Once a system is installed it becomes the owner, manager or landlord’s responsibility under various pieces of health and safety legislation to ensure that their system is regularly maintained to keep it safe. HSE has some excellent and comprehensive information on ownership of automated gates

http://www.hse.gov.uk/work-equipment-machinery/powered-gates/responsibilities.htm

Existing systems that do not match current safety standards must be upgraded to protect the interests of the owner, manager or landlord and the safety of users. Safety in use is defined as taking “reasonable and practicable” steps; in practice this will mean achieving the state of the art.

CCSS are dhf members and have been through a rigorous training program that teaches all the legislative and standards-related information to protect both your legal interests and the safety of those who may encounter your gates.

If your gate were to cause injury you could be held liable.

All gates and automation supplied by CCSS is fully compliant to the EU Machinery Directive 98/37/EC’ so you can be sure your obligations are met.

CCSS can also inspect your existing gates and offer ongoing maintenance and advice on upgrades to ensure compliance.

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Please note if CCSS do attend are your gates are found to be non-compliant it is our legal duty to switch off the gates and provide notices to the duty holder as well as a cost to upgrade.