Buyers guide to industrial safety gates
Choosing a suitable industrial safety gate can make the difference between life and death. There are several things which should be considered when buying a safety gate, ranging from its compliance and corrosion resistance to the location of the gate and its purpose.
By law, all employees need safe access to areas of work, whether at ground level or at height. In many industries, such as petrochemical, process engineering, construction, and manufacturing, regular access is needed to areas by platform or ladder, creating a potential fall hazard. This hazard can be minimised by using a chain or bar, but continued protection relies on these being replaced after use. The ideal solution are industrial self closing gates.
Most Health and Safety regulations, including OSHA and EN Standards, recommend using self closing gates to protect access to restricted areas. A spring loaded gate creates a permanent and reliable solution to the hazard, ensuring no void is left open at the point of access as the gate automatically closes behind the user.
What should you look for when choosing an industrial safety gate?
There are several things you need to consider when buying a safety gate, ranging from its compliance and corrosion resistance to the location of the gate and its purpose.
The opening to a restricted access area creates a hazard, so you need to protect that opening the moment you walk through. This is where the self closing hinge becomes very important.
Self closing safety gates are spring loaded to automatically close behind the user for guaranteed safety.
Adjustable gates for varying widths are the best option, so you do not need to worry that a new gate will be slightly wider than your opening. There are gates on the market, which have been designed to be trimmed on-site, so they can be cut to the required size, when needed.
You need to be sure that your gate is fit for purpose. Gates should be tested with the most rigorous environments in mind, to make sure they are compliant to the relevant safety standards.
Clamp On Design
You should be able to attach a gate to existing railings and ladders with basic tools, without any need for drilling. Brackets should fit over any round or square tube, so a gate can be easily attached to the existing structure.
If you are going to install a gate outdoors, you need to ensure that the gate is corrosion resistant. Galvanised steel is the perfect material for this scenario, and it’s probably the most economical option as well.
Works In Either Orientation
The gate hinge should be designed to work in both directions. There is clearly a right direction when installing the safety gate, which is usually determined by the stickers or writing oriented right side up.
However, if you’d prefer the hinge being on the other side of the opening, you should be able to flip the gate around for installation.
Where should you install an industrial safety gate?
The most common places where safety gates should be installed are warehouses and other general industrial environments. Self closing gates should also be installed when working at height, no matter how small the falling distance is.
Access to restricted areas
Restricted areas such as testing zones, or spaces dedicated to industrial machinery, can be enclosed using a barrier and gate system.
The most effective way to ensure that workers and vehicles can move safely around the workplace is to provide a safe demarcated route for workers to walk along, with protective barriers and guardrails. These systems can provide a safe route within an area where vehicles are working or prevent access to a specific area. By combining industrial self closing gates with the barrier or guardrail, employees are made aware that they are leaving a safe area when they pass through the gate. A combination of handrails and gates can create a clearly demarcated safe walking zone.
Stair access points
A self-closing safety gate installed at the top of a staircase will minimise the risk of falling.
Top of access /working platforms
Installed on a step-over platform, for example, gates will prevent users from falling when accessing equipment for maintenance purposes.
Industrial safety gates can be used to provide access to a roof - through a ladder or a hatch, and they will help to navigate people to various areas of the roof.
Ladder access points
Open voids at the top of ladders can be extremely dangerous. Together with a suitable safety cage, a self-closing gate will considerably reduce the risk of people falling into the void.
Roof hatch openings
When installed within a close perimeter from the roof hatch (preferably together with a guardrail system), an industrial self closing gate can prevent people from falling into an open hatch.
Safety Gates From Kee Safety
All Kee Safety’s gates have been extensively tested, to make sure that our products are reliable and comply with international standards.
- Reversible hinges for left or right hand side opening to allow easy installation
- Performance tested for trouble free operation
- Can be used internally and externally
- CE marked
- Compliant to EN 4211, EN 14122:2016 and OSHA
- Available galvanised or powder coated
- Passed salt spray testing to assess performance of coating to resist corrosion
- Fully adjustable – can be cut to size on-site
Types of Gates Available From Kee Safety
- Single Gates - The single gates are supplied as a standard 1m wide and can be easily cut to size when required.
- Double Width Gates - The double width gates are designed for openings greater than 1m wide and can accommodate a maximum width of 1.8m.
- Full Height Gates - The full height gates are a great option for fall protection on ladders, stairs and roof hatches.
To find our more about Kee Safety industrial safety gates visit the KEE GATE page.
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