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Revision of Standards for Powered Doors, Gates and Barriers

Health and Safety Executive - Safety alert

Department Name:       
Safety Unit, Engagement and Policy Division

Bulletin No:     

Issue Date:      
26 November 2018

Target Audience:         
Architects/specifiers, designers, manufacturers, suppliers, and installers of powered doors, gates and barriers primarily for vehicular use, and those responsible for servicing and maintaining these products in workplaces, car parks and the common areas of shared premises, including residential.

Key Issues:     
Publication of two newly revised European Standards on the safety of doors, gates and barriers - BS EN 12453:2017 and BS EN 12604:2017.
These new standards replace four older standards from 2000 and 2001; they represent a significant move forward. However, these standards do not completely address the risks that may be present and additional consideration should be given to the following aspects:

  • Undertaking a risk assessment covering the unique environment and type of user
  • The selection and implementation of appropriate design measures
  • Ensuring appropriate levels of force limitation (below the specified maximum)
  • Where the technology permits, ensuring that the safety function is monitored and checked before each movement; and
  • Ensuring effective measures are in place to detect any means of failure in the means of suspension for vertically moving doors. More detail is given below.


Cover for BS EN 12453:2017-'Industrial, commercial and garage doors and gates - Safety in use of power operated doors - Requirements and methods'

Cover for BS EN 12604:2017-'Industrial, commercial and garage doors and gates - Mechanical aspects-Requirements and test methods'


Action required:

Relevant legal documents:


Further information:

Further information on the safety of powered doors and gates is available at

Previous Safety Bulletins at:

and from the:

General note:

Please pass this information to others who may have this type of product or equipment on their premises; or those who advise on/assess (including consultants); those who specify (including architects and their clients), design, make, supply, install, maintain, service this type of equipment; or those who have any responsibility (eg landlord/managing agent) for this type of equipment.