Our clarification on why Cova Security Gates challenges the use of the Machinery Directive for high security powered gates.
Further to Cova Security Gates press release in February concerning withdrawal of membership of the Door & Hardware Federation’s (DHF) Powered Gate Group, driven by concerns regarding its (DHF) governance processes, it has come to our attention that one part of that statement, highlighting Cova’s longstanding issue with how fit for purpose the use of the Machinery Directive is for High Security Powered Gates, have been reported incorrectly across several social media channels (by others) alluding that Cova intended not to use the Machinery Directive but forge its own path, this is in no way the case and we continue to work to the directive.
We are not alone in this view and have received many comments and words of support from our industry colleagues who share our opinion that in its current form, the Machinery Directive needs to be reviewed for use in the ‘perimeter security’ sector. This view is more prevalent today given the changing landscape of terror attacks worldwide where vehicles are used as a weapon, meaning safety and importantly, security go hand in hand.
Our position is solely to raise awareness that the world of perimeter security and public safety is changing rapidly, and there is an urgent need to implement an industry specific set of standards that allow for the challenging parameters of achieving a safe and ultimately secure solution.
As a leading manufacture with full product cycle (concept, manufacture, daily utilisation through to ultimate hostile vehicle security) it is incumbent on us to highlight our views to industry bodies and standards committees. To this end Cova have raised this through our membership of the Perimeter Security Suppliers Association (PSSA) to pursue further.
PRESS RELEASE – Issued 1st February 2018
Cova Security has announced today via a Press Release that it has withdrawn its membership of the Door and Hardware Federation (DHF).
We have not taken this decision lightly but have come to conclude that the direction of travel currently being taken by the DHF and that of recent member company’s actions (based on DHF training and association) is not one that Cova can support at this current time.
Adrian Lewis – Commercial Director commented;
“Since the very beginning, we have been a firm supporter and an active member of DHF’s ‘Gate Safety’ initiative and whilst we applaud and fully commit to the drive to improve overall safety of powered gates, the production and subsequent use of ‘DHF TS 011:2016 Code of Practice for Powered Gates and Barriers’ as a publicly available ‘compliance’ document, has not undergone sufficient rigorous and critical review.
Cova are concerned that the DHF does not appear to have sufficient mechanisms or publicised processes in place to ensure fair arbitration when it comes to dispute resolution between member companies. Furthermore, the reliance on a DHF individual acting as advisor and arbitrator with the attendant risk of partiality cannot be considered best practice.
From Cova’s perspective we believe that the DHF are promoting a Code of Practice that is neither proportionate, reasonable or adaptable to suit the actual risk of harm – inevitably, this has led to a significant heightening of fear for manufacturers, installers and users alike.
There is a clear defining need and understanding within the industry of who creates policies and directives and who is responsible for their enforcement, and where associations and federation roles and responsibilities begin and end.
Cova are concerned that the Code of Practice has not been written by a recognised conventional standards authority, has not engaged sufficiently with manufacturers and experts across the wider industry. Indeed, it is apparent that there has been very considerable blurring of responsibility.
Cova believe that the Machinery Directive is not the correct tool to best drive product conformance for the automated gate and barrier industry. Clearly there is a need for a stand-alone industry standard which is risk based and fit for all automated gate and barrier systems, across a very wide spectrum of users and applications.
Cova understand risk, we have been designing, manufacturing and installing automated gates for over 30 years without incident, and we intend to maintain our good reputation.”
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