Gate Safe is a charitable organisation that was formed in 2010 following the death of two children in seperate accidents caused by automated gates. The charity focuses on raising awareness, through training and education, of the serious safety issues associated with automated (and manual) gates . The initiative is supported by the HSE who state “The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) supports the work which Gate Safe began in 2010 to improve the safety of automated and manual gates and barriers in the UK.”
Who is the Gate Safe training for?
The Gate Safe training is targeted at the installers of automated gates. There are many cases of court proceedings and hefty fines which have been handed down to those who have been found guilty of negligence as a result of an unsafe installation. Gate Safe aims to help protect both installers and users of automated gates by increasing knowledge and understanding of the correct installation and safety requirements relating to these machines.
What are the benefits of taking a Gate Safe course?
As mentioned above the installer will learn how to install a safe and legally compliant gate. Furthermore, the public using the gate will be protected from the risk of injury as a result of an unsafe installation. The training will also provide the installer with an understanding of the wider risks and the actions that need to be taken to mitigate against these.
Where can I complete the Gate Safe training?
Gate Safe runs courses across the UK on a regular basis. View the course dates here!
How long is the certification valid for?
Presently there is no requirement to take a refresher course. However, many Gate Safe trained installers take a refresher course every two years or so to update their knowledge.
What does the training include?
We often get questions as to what the programme includes. Therefore, below is an outline of the course content.
- Scope and nature of legislation and standards of automated gate safety
- Implications of failure to install equipment to standard
- Risk Assessment protocol
- Styles and configurations of different gates alongside the associated risks
- Details of safety features and installation guidance
- Additional safety considerations
- Importance of maintenance
- Practical examples of good and bad practice
Gate Safe is supported by from a number of reputable health and safety / trade organisations. These include RoSPA, Electrical Contractors’ Association, Electrical Safety First, ECS, IIRSM, IOSH, Risk UK, SaFED, Trade Skills 4 U and Secured by Design.