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GGP 04 Apr 2016

HARDWA R E & S E C U R I T Y Firefighting with facts When it comes to panic devices for emergency escape, legislation is in place to help ensure safety in an emergency situation. Here, Wayne Rogerson, joint managing director of CENSolutions, explains this legislation and what needs to be done in order to satisfy it. When it comes to fire escape or emergency exits and ensuring people’s safety in an emergency situation, there can be no excuse for false claims of compliance. Although, thankfully, numbers are falling year on year, there were still 258 fire fatalities in England in 2014- 15, as reported by the Department for Communities and Local Government Fire Statistics Monitor. With so much information on health and safety regulations, it can be easy to become bogged down with it all. But manufacturers need to be aware of their responsibilities with regards to the Construction Products Regulation and armed with the facts in respect of the Harmonised European Norms (hEN Standards), particularly when it comes to emergency escape. The Facts: Panic Devices to hEN 179 and 1125 Under these standards, manufacturers must supply a publicly available Declaration of Performance to EN 14351-1 and prove that the panic hardware chosen conforms to the requirements for safe escape (EN 1125 push bar panic exit devices / EN 179 push pad emergency exit devices) from a building in which occupants may or may not have “People are put off by what they imagine are the reams of paperwork they will have to read through and understand in order to comply.” prior knowledge of the panic device. The manufacturer must have specific processes in place (proof of initial type testing/Factory Production Control (FPC) etc.) that fully comply with the requirements of EN 14351-1. I appreciate that, if talking about standards, compliance and certification isn’t your day job, it can all just become a bit tiresome. Add it then to the ever increasing list of considerations manufacturers are faced with on a daily basis, and you can understand why it may get pushed to the bottom. But, it can’t be ignored and doesn’t have to be hard work. CENSolutions, in association with TÜV Rheinland and ER Certification, has already helped numerous companies achieve the required level of certification (Notified Body AVCP Level1). Our hassle free plain English approach makes things much easier to get to grips with… Here’s how we do it Once there is a strong FPC in place, it is simply a case of cascading all the relevant test information and works instructions down from your suppliers (with their written permission of course). We would arrange for the contract to be signed and sent between the manufacturer and TÜV to show your intent to proceed, before ER Certification Ltd carries out an audit on behalf of TÜV. Upon passing this audit, you receive Certification from TÜV. The audit must take place annually and CENSolutions can assist you at every step of the way to ensure on-going compliance. We are happy to talk you through any concerns or questions you may have or you can view our series of guides, on our website www.censolutions.com. There’s no excuse At CENSolutions, we recognise that getting up to speed with legislation isn’t always the most straight forward thing to do. People are put off by what they imagine are the reams of paperwork they will have to read through and understand in order to comply. That is why we provide a cost effective consultative and hands on service, to help make the entire process understandable and hassle free. When it comes to fire safety, it’s simply not an option to bury your head in the sand and hope you’re not caught out. 94 www.ggpmag.com April 2016 Wayne Rogerson


GGP 04 Apr 2016
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