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Legal responsisibilities for automated product owners explained by DHF

16 October 2020

Essential advice on the need to understanding the various legal requirements is being provided by the Door & Hardware Federation (DHF).

It is presenting a series of seminars, the first of which took place on 23 September, all of which are free to access for DHF members.

Presented by DHF senior training and compliance officer Nick Perkins, the seminars provide a guide for owners and managers of industrial doors, powered gates and traffic barriers.

Also included in Mr Perkins' presentations is advice on vehicle and loading bay doors and vertically acting shutters over pedestrian access areas.

Many FMs have versions of the above within their facilities or estates and the DHF is making considerable effort to assist everyone to ensure that these are correctly maintained and managed to avoid accidents and legal actions.

Mr Perkins refers to the need to comply with BS EN 12453:2017: Industrial, commercial and garage doors and gates - safety in use of power operated doors - Requirements and testing methods.

The standard is designed to assist all owners, FMs and managers that their systems are operated and maintained correct "and left in a safe condition following maintenance".

Working in collaboration with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the DHF has created a graded system of potential safety issues to assist in identifying where action is most needed.

The issues are graded as "safety critical" or "requiring improvement" and labelled as red or amber respectively.

Further information on seminars can be accessed here.

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