DHF RELEASES NEW BEST PRACTICE GUIDE FOR BUILDING HARDWARE SECTOR

DHF RELEASES NEW BEST PRACTICE GUIDE FOR BUILDING HARDWARE SECTOR

DHF (Door & Hardware Federation) has released a new Best Practice Guide for the locks and building hardware industry covering the British Standard for Mechanically Operated Push-Button Lock sets (BS 8607:2014 + A1:2016).

The Standard sets out the requirements and test methods for durability, strength and also functionality.

Classification of theMechanically Operated Push-Button locksets is in five grades.Products tested to BS 8607incorporate specific performancegrades from BS EN 12209 for mechanically operated locks, latches and locking plates, and also requirements of BS EN 1906, BS 3621, PAS 24 and for the overriding cylinder, where applicable, BS EN1303. A BSI Kitemark certificationscheme is available for products achieving grade 5.

The British Standard includes requirements for locksets intendedfor use on fire-resisting and smokecontrol doors but does not specify requirements for locksets intendedfor use on final exit doors onescape routes, which are coveredin BS EN 179:2008. The standard also will test the performance of the lever/knobs as well as the durability of keypads.

“The objective of this British Standard is to provide a classification for MechanicallyOperated Push-button Lock sets,”explains DHF’s CEO, Bob Perry.“These products are generally used as a means of convenience, but they are now also used on fire doors and perimeter doors and the standard is available to give specifiers guidance on the performance of these types of products. Lock sets should not only have acceptable documentary evidence to demonstrate that they are fit-for-purpose on any smoke and/or fire-resisting doors for which they are intended but must be correctly installed. This isessential in ensuring that they areable to operate efficiently within theperformance levels described in the Standard.

“We have simplified this standard for our members, with  the Best Practice Guide providing practical help for all those involved with Mechanically Operated Push-button Lock sets and offering clear guidance on safety, compliance and the standards that they should be adhering to. This is at the very heart of the support we continue to offer to our members.”