As a GateSafe approved installer, AST LTD can offer a professional and safe service when it comes to gate automation ensuring that all “powered” or “automated” gates comply with current legislation.

Did you know that all powered gate systems or “automatic gates” are considered to be “machinery?”

This means that, by law, every automated gate, when it is put into service, must comply with the European Machinery Directive (2006/42/EC), especially the Directive’s Essential Health and Safety Requirements and be “CE” marked and accompanied by a Declaration of Conformity. The Health and Safety Executive has lead responsibility for enforcement of this legislation, which has been transposed into UK law as the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008. The responsibility for complying with the law rests with the responsible person which will be either the manufacturer, supplier or installer, depending on the circumstances.

The key to compliance with the law is a risk assessment, also referred to as a hazard assessment, which includes identifying the hazards, estimating the severity and likelihood of each hazard, followed by an evaluation to determine whether each hazard is adequately controlled and, if it is not, what further action is required to control the risk; the principal aim is to secure compliance with the Machinery Directive’s Essential Health and Safety Requirements.

In most cases, the final responsibility for ensuring this will lie with the installer, us!

This would apply in all of the following situations:

  • We manufacture the gate and drive unit, including the controller.
  • We manufacture the gate, but use controllers and drive units from another manufacturer.
  • We buy the gate, controllers and drive units from other manufacturers, and commission the final assembly.

However, when a complete gate is placed on the market, such as a “factory manufactured” gate supplied with all ancillary parts (all drive units, safety devices, and control units), and comprehensive installation and setting instructions, the person placing the product on the market will have the responsibility of complying with the Machinery Directive. The installer still has responsibility under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to ensure the gate has been installed correctly and safely in accordance with those instructions, including any adjusting and setting of the safety devices.

As a requirement, several key documents need to be created in a “technical file”. This file must be retained by the responsible person (ie: the individual or organisation responsible for CE marking) for at least ten years. Where the file is being created by the installer, the documentation would include the following:

  • A description of the gate, including technical drawings, electrical/control schematics, and design calculations.
  • Risk assessments – including hazards identified and protective measures implemented to secure compliance with the applicable Essential Health and Safety Requirements.
  • Test results – including force testing results where applicable.
  • Any standards or technical specifications used, indicating the Essential Health and Safety Requirements covered by these standards.
  • Declarations of Incorporation or Conformity from suppliers of drives, controls and safety devices.
  • Installation instructions provided by suppliers of drives, controls and safety devices.
  • A copy of the operating instructions and maintenance log book issued to the customer.
  • A copy of the Declaration of Conformity issued to the customer.

Declaration of Conformity
This document must be drawn up by the person responsible for CE marking.
It must contain the following:

• Name and address of the responsible person.
• Description and identification of the machinery.
• A sentence declaring that the machinery fulfills the provisions of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC. Where relevant, similar sentences relating to other directives which are applicable
• A reference to the harmonised standards used (if appropriate)
• References to other technical standards and specifications used.
• Signature, date and place of the declaration.
A copy of the declaration must accompany the gate.

CE marking
The marking consists of the letters “CE”, affixed visibly, legibly and indelibly to the machine. This must be accompanied by the
name of the responsible person.

Not only do we supply and install a range of “off the shelf” gates, we also manufacture bespoke gates to suit our customers requirements.

Once the gates are installed, we can then automate them in line with the above stated health and safety regulations/directives.

We source equipment from many well known UK distributors to offer the most suitable kit for the application.

As well as gates, we also supply and install car park barriers.

We also maintain and service existing gates and barriers.

 

 

 

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