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Tests and CE Marking of Power Operated Doors

The main European Technical Norms

The legal position is that powered gate systems are considered to be “machinery”. This means that, by law, every new powered gate, when it is put into service, must comply with the European Machinery Directive (2006/42/EC), especially the Directive’s Essential Health and Safety Requirements, be CE marked and accompanied by a Declaration of Conformity.

The responsibility for complying with the law rests with the responsible person which will be either the manufacturer, supplier or installer, depending on the circumstances. The key to compliance with the law is risk assessment, which includes identifying the hazards, estimating the severity and likelihood of each hazard, followed by an evaluation to determine whether each hazard is adequately controlled and, if it is not, what further action needs to be taken to control the risk; the principal aim is to secure compliance with the Machinery Directive’s Essential Health and Safety Requirements.

The main European Technical Norms are: 
- EN 13241-1, Industrial, commercial and garage doors and gates. 
- EN 12453, Industrial, commercial and garage doors and gates. Safety in use of power operated doors. Requirements. 
- EN 12445, Industrial, commercial and garage doors and gates. Safety in use of power operated doors. Test methods. 
- EN 12978, Industrial, commercial and garage doors and gates. Safety devices for power operated doors and gates. Requirements and test methods. 
- EN 1760-2, Safety of machinery. Pressure sensitive protective devices. General principles for the design and testing of  pressure sensitive edges and pressure sensitive bars. 
- EN 12604, Industrial, commercial and garage doors and gates. Mechanical aspects. Requirements. 
- EN 12605, Industrial, commercial and garage doors and gates. Mechanical aspects. Test methods. 
- EN 12635, Industrial, commercial and garage doors and gates. Installation and use. 
- EN ISO 13857, Safety of machinery. Safety distances to prevent hazard zones being reached by upper and lower limbs.

GT Engineering can assist you in both the Risk Assessements and the execution of the compulsory Tests.