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Philip McDonald Completes dhf Refresher Course

We’re proud to announce that our team director, Philip McDonald, has completed the automated gate safety refresher course in May and is now approved to inspect and assess the safety of automated gates and barriers for a further two years, and in line with the most up-to-date legislation. The certificate shows Philip’s commitment to continued learning, making sure he stays on the forefront of current regulations. 

What is the dhf diploma? 

Dhf are a trade body who are dedicated to representing the interests, and raising the standards, of companies who trade in industrial doors, gates, shutters, metal doorsets, and other hardware. In 2013, they launched a specialised Automated Gate Safety Diploma, achievable through a two day training course. Companies who have a responsible person with an Automated Gate Safety Diploma can reassure their customers that any gate fitted is done so by a fully-trained engineer that adheres to safety regulations. 

The diploma is aimed at owners, managers and supervisors, or anyone who is responsible for legal compliance within their company. In our case, we sent our very own director, Philip McDonald, who is already trained in the diploma and has been qualified in high standards of gate safety and inspection for several years. We sent him for a refresher course to ensure his knowledge was still up to date with the latest legislation. During the course, attendees gain a deeper understanding of legislation and how it influences the maintenance, inspection, repair, and supply of automated gates, making sure that all attendees are fully trained in safety regulations. 


Why is automated gate safety important? 

If not installed, inspected, maintained, or repaired with expertise, automated gates can pose safety risks, which include: 

  1. Electric shock: If the electrical components of automated gates are not fitted with the utmost professionalism and care, this can pose a safety risk, including an electric shock risk. 
  2. Collision: It’s vital that the gates are crafted and installed to ensure the height, width, location, and vicinity to vehicles and buildings is designed to avoid any collisions – especially if any of the area is populated by children, animals, or people with mobility issues. 
  3. Crushing: Automated gates are powerful, high-strength pieces of equipment and if inadequate gaps are left between the walls and gates, this could result in a crush risk.

When it comes to automated gate safety, corners should never be cut, and only fully qualified engineers should be hired to complete the work – such as the professionals here at Total Quality Security. We offer a variety of composite board and wrought iron electric gates, ideal for both commercial and domestic settings. All can be fully customised in terms of style, size, and functionality.

Thanks to our dhf Automated Gate Safety Diploma, you can rest assured that our engineers are supplying and installing high quality gates that adhere to current legislation. Here at Total Quality Security, we have hundreds of styles and designs to choose from, allowing us to create bespoke products for our customers that fulfil their security requirements. Get in touch to find out more




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