DHF (Door & Hardware Federation) is celebrating its decade of support for the automated gate and traffic barrier sector. The Tamworth-based trade association continues to be a vocal advocate for raising industry standards.

Through its key initiatives such as training and collaboration, and as a result of its tireless efforts in advancing safety across all of the sectors it serves, significant improvements have been seen industry-wide. This is noticeable in the improved quality of gate installations and installer knowledge across the UK.

“We are not only celebrating 10 years of putting our weight behind the industry, but the many positive and considerable milestones that have been achieved along the way,” says DHF’s Head of Commercial Operations, Patricia Sowsbery- Stevens.

For example, ’setting the standard’ by offering Ofqual- regulated training, and in so doing, becoming the UK’s very first organisation to offer an official qualification for the automated gate sector that complements the industry NVQ, has been a significant highlight for the federation. The formal qualification is recognised by employers and is vital in demonstrating a competent workforce. This has been a genuine ‘game changer’ across the industry.

“In addition, in 2016 we launched the first version of the DHF TS 011 series; our Code of Practice for the Design, Manufacture, Installation and Maintenance of Powered Gates and Traffic Barriers, provides a framework to ensure a gate is safe and therefore complies with the law. We successfully condensed more than 250 pages of legislation and standards into just 17-pages of the 44-page document, in collaboration with DHF members and with input from certification bodies. This is currently under review and a 2021 edition will be launching in the summer. This serves as a further highlight for the sector.”

With gate safety very much in mind, DHF will once again be demonstrating its support for Fencex when the event is held later this year, its 10th anniversary. The exhibition, which was due to take place in October 2020 but was cancelled because of ‘covid’, is staged every two years and will be taking place on 13th October at the Warwick Suite at NAEC Stoneleigh near Coventry.

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