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Understand your Compliance Responsibilities as an Electric Gate Installer.

Gate safety is not just about installing certain products but more about the education of gate safety legislation and understanding your requirements as a professional gate installer. As a leading manufacturer and distributor of quality gate automation products we have not taken our role within the industry lightly and are keen to help raise gate safety awareness by directing customers to professional help and advice. 

“In our experience, we are often relied upon by our installing customers to keep them up to date with the current gate safety legislation and industry news. Even if this includes basic friendly advice, this is all part of the service when purchasing through Beninca UK."

You only get one chance to make a first impression and this is what adds so much beauty to our industry as our customers create such stylish and elegant gates for the front of peoples homes and properties. However, what looks good, has to be safe, and in automating gates, our customers are creating machines and they are responsible for how safe those machines are. The target is to find a multiple of equilibriums, a reliable gate that is also safe as well as a stylish and elegant design that is compliant. There are so many challenges to reach all of those points, especially when working to a clients budget, but the advice from Beninca UK is, never make compromises when it comes to gate safety and do not underestimate your legal responsibilities.
Jamie Berry
General Manager, Beninca UK.

Whilst gate safety can never be simplified, we are going to give it a go:

The Installer

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Picking up a set of screwdrivers and calling yourself a security installer or professional gate engineer comes with legal responsibilities. If you are designing and installing a brand new gate system, retrofitting automation to existing gates, or maintaining an existing system, it is your responsibility for that gateway to be safe and compliant with current gate safety legislation. This can differ from civil law or criminal law responsibilities depending on the customer and ultimate owner of the gate such as a domestic homeowner or a gate within a commercial environment. However, often the easiest responsibility to understand is the moral responsibility that the machine that you are being paid to create, install or maintain, does not hurt anyone. Consider yourself a parent with a small child playing near a gate system, you must offer a risk assessment to all work undertaken on electric gates and if you identify any risks, a sufficient control measure must be put in place to eradicate the risk or reduce the risk to a negligible level. Knowing the legislation that defines your profession is so important, what are you looking for when trying to identify a risk? Who is at risk and what is the degree of possible harm? Identifying the risk, combined with the understanding of the products you install, knowing what products or solutions work as a suitable control measure for each risk is what will keep you compliant.



The Homeowner


Purchasing electric gates for the front of your home is exciting and can add value to your home or property as well as creating the perfect first impression for your visitors. These benefits do not come cheap and electric gates are a significant investment, your installer has a legal responsibility to supply a gate system that is safe and complies with current UK legislation under the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Act 2008. We advise you to get multiple quotations and build a relationship of trust with your installer, take their advice and consider all gate safety suggestions. Whilst the installer is legally responsible for the machine that is created, you as the owner of the gate system are also responsible for the ongoing safe operation of your gate. We do not expect you to know the specifics, your washing machine must comply with similar or often the same laws but actually, the risks are very different, and electric gates must be safe for its users and the surroundings when in use. For more advice, check out some of the downloads below from the Door Hardware Federation, or call our friendly and knowledgeable team who can point you in the right direction of a recommended Beninca Installer.



The industry is supported by the Door Hardware Federation, which has the Powered Gate Group as one of its many industry groups. The Powered Gate Group has over 250+ members of gate installers, manufacturers and maintainers which collectively offer an experienced and industry-leading knowledge and education on how safe a gate should be and how to make your electric gates compliant.


dhf produces a wide range of relevant publications covering a range of subjects, all relevant to Automated Gates & Barriers. These are listed below and  available for download.

DHF-TS013:2021.1 Code of Practice for Automated Gates Traffic Barriers Industrial & Garage Doors

Part 1 On-site Guide

DHF-TS013:2021.3 Code of Practice for Automated Gates Traffic Barriers Industrial & Garage Doors

Part 3 Guidance for Owners and Managers

Safety Warning Notice No 1

Telescopic sliding gate safety

Safety Warning Notice No 6

Addition of Alarm Intercom and Access Control Systems to Existing Powered Doors and Gates

Guidance for managing on site working during the COVID-10 outbreak

Brings together best practice from a number of sources

Safety Warning Notice No 9

Remote activation of: vehicle doors, pedestrian access shutters, gates & barriers

Notified Body guidance on rebranding

Supporting documentation from CPR

CE and UKCA Marking after 31 December 2020 part 1 of 5

Part 1 – Moving goods from the EU 27 to GB


CE and UKCA Marking after 31 December 2020 part 2 of 5

Part 2 – Moving goods from GB to the EU 27

CE and UKCA Marking after 31 December 2020 part 3 of 5

Part 3 – Placing goods manufactured in the UK on the GB market


CE and UKCA Marking after 31 December 2020 part 4 of 5

Part 4 – Moving goods from GB to Northern Ireland

CE and UKCA Marking after 31 December 2020 part 5 of 5

Part 5 – Goods manufactured in Northern Ireland & EU goods sold in GB market from Northern Ireland


Compliance Standards & CE Marking

For Industrial Doors, Domestic Garage Doors and Powered Gates & Barriers

Importance of maintenance – Powered Gates

Information for the consumer


Advice for Owners and Managers Maintenance of unsafe systems

Information Leaflet for Advice for Owners and Managers

Automated Door, Gate & Traffic Barrier FAQs

A quick reference to the main points of automated entrance legal compliance and safety 

Forthcoming amendment of EN 12453:2017+A1:2021

Highlights of upcoming changes to EN 12453:2017


Compliance responsibilities for powered doors, gates and traffic barriers

Responsibilities of suppliers, manufacturers, installation & maintenance companies and owners

UKCA marking: FAQ’s

Following the UK leaving the EU, some rules and procedures changed as of the 1st January 2021. As a company and industry impacted by this post Brexit change, we want to pass on our knowledge and understanding around the new legislation and have compiled a list of useful questions you may be looking for the answer to. 

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