Standards Compliance /Abloy/AbloyCOUK/Downloads/skyline-07-london.jpg Abloy UK is committed to ensuring those responsible for specifying, installing and maintaining escape and fire doors are up to date on the relevant standards. Fitting the correct system can mean the difference between saving lives by allowing occupants to exit a building, or failing to do so. Setting standards There are a number of building regulation standards in place that relate to access control. It’s essential that these are adhered to, in order to ensure safety and security. These include BS EN 179 Emergency Escape (for when the building occupants are aware of the building environment), BS EN 1125 Panic Escape (for environments used by the general public) and the new standard BS EN 13637 Electronically Controlled Escape Systems (for use on escape routes). CE marking A CE mark should be present on locking devices too, confirming they comply with EU legislation. It is now a legal requirement for manufacturers of construction products in the UK to apply CE marking to items that are covered by harmonised European Norms (hEN). A CE mark shows that the minimum performance requirements of the product have been met, however it is not always a sign of high quality. Alongside the CE mark, a Declaration of Performance (DoP) document has to be made available to the customer upon request. DoP’s are legal documents provided by the manufacturer stating that the product (or combination of products) meets the minimum performance criteria for the application in question Electric locking In the event of an emergency such as a fire, there needs to be a reliable exit route that allows a quick and easy escape, so ensuring the correct locking solutions are installed at access points is crucial. There are safety advantages to be gained by opting for an electric locking system – such as a motorised or solenoid lock – rather than choosing door magnets. This is because there can be fire risks associated with installing a magnet on a door which is used as a fire escape, as they require special arrangements to guarantee they are fail-safe at all times in the event of an emergency. For example, some door magnets require an alarm or ‘request to exit’ mechanism to allow someone to exit, so there could be delays for people needing swift egress in an emergency situation. Solenoid locks, like the Abloy EL560, work by controlling the handle and are suitable for internal doors of public buildings, offices, schools or hospitals, and external doors of apartments and detached houses. Motorised locks, like the Abloy EL520, work by drawing the bolt back once a proximity card or device is presented. Both locks automatically secure a deadbolt upon closing, and can be used with escape mechanisms as appropriate to the environment and application. To read about this subject in more depth, download our Keeping up with Compliance White Paper Are you putting lives at risk? Watch our exclusive animation video here to find out more. To find out more about standards compliance and the escape risks and regulations applicable to public buildings, book a place on the Abloy Academy Foundations Course.