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A Handy Guide to Gate Safe Training

Posted by Christos Panayiotou on 13th April 2016

Electric Gate Safety is something which doesn’t feature highly on most sparkies lists. They may be aware that there is a risk when installing electric gates but probably don’t realise quite how serious a threat electric gates can pose to customers. It can also mean if the installer hasn’t installed the gates correctly that they could be liable should an accident occur. With have spoken with Gate Safe an organisation dedicated to raising awareness of the dangers of electric gates to clarify some key points on the training they offer.

Is there a legal requirement for an installer / electrician to undertake the training?

No there is no legal requirement however if an accident were to happen and the installer/installation company had no record of having undertaken any specialist training, the court a would take a very dim view of it and this could influence the overall judgment

Will taking the training protect me from litigation in the event of an accident?

Taking the course on it’s is no guarantee. It is the knowledge gained from the course that you must put into practice that will protect you and the homeowner. It’s a bit like the 17th edition regs. If you have the qualification but ignore the regs you will find yourself in trouble.

Is there on going technical support if I take the course?

Technical help is always available and if Gate Safe does not readily know the answer we will make it our business to seek out the relevant information

If I can still install a gate without a legal requirement to do any training why should I bother? 

There are many examples of people who have been taken to court, found guilty and received substantial fines. In addition to this, as the installer the law would expect you to be a competent person and taking the training would be a sign of that competence. Aside from the financial penalties, such cases cause considerable disruption to any business and often irreparable damage to their reputation.  In addition to this, as the installer the law would expect  / require you to be a ‘competent person’ and taking the Gate Safe Aware training would signify your commitment to demonstrating competence.

What support do I get if I become a Gate Safe Aware Installer?

When you become a Gate Safe Aware installer, you will receive a comprehensive reference manual (which is regularly updated); access to a dedicated Gate Safe help line / email support; an entry on the Gate Safe Aware installer register (which is published on the Gate Safe web site); discounted membership to Checkatrade and advice on how to market your Gate Safe Aware status

How much awareness is there of the Gate Safe Aware register?

We have thousands of visits to our website every year and are constantly working to promote the issue both to the industry and to consumers. You will regularly see stories from us in the press and trade magazines.

What are the benefits to the customer of having a gate installation undertaken by a Gate Safe Aware installer?

A customer that elects to seek out a Gate Safe Aware installer has the comfort of knowing that they have been trained to understand the risks associated with automated gates and most importantly, is aware of the actions that should be taken to deliver protection against those risks

How will taking this training benefit my business?

As well as demonstrating your competence to your customers you and your trained engineers will be able to install gates safely thereby protecting the business from litigation and acting as a responsible company

How many people does a company need to train to secure access to the Gate Safe Aware installer logo?

One trained person will give access to the Gate Safe Aware installer logo but to secure Premier Installer status you would need to train 80% of your installer work force

If I as an installer take the training and then move companies, can the new company claim Gate Safe Aware installer status?

Yes, one trained person will give access to the Gate Safe Aware installer logo and can move companies.

Once you have passed the training, is there a need to refresh / renew your knowledge?

Currently Gate Safe does not require delegates to take a refresher course but a number of people have attended a further training session a couple of years after they passed their original training, to refresh their understanding of the key issues that must be considered to deliver a safe and compliant installation. In the future there will be a formal refresher course

The training was first launched in 2012, is it still the same format as when it was originally rolled out?

The format is the same but there have been a number of tweaks and minor changes as new information and guidance pertaining to automated gates is developed. The training also evolves in response to the feedback we receive from delegates who have taken the course

How is the training vetted to ensure it represents / remains a credible qualification?

The training is accredited by IOSH (Institution of Safety and Health) the biggest professional health and safety membership organisation in the world

What is the HSE view of the Gate Safe Aware training?

The HSE and Gate Safe have worked closely together since 2010.  Most recently Gate Safe met with the HSE to run through the training presentation so that the HSE had an improved understanding of the established Gate Safe training offering

If you do want to learn more about electric gate installation make sure you book onto one of the upcoming course dates. You can find course content here on our website but to book you should contact Gate Safe directly.


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