The issue of security in a building raises the question of balance. How do you balance the needs of the legitimate users of the building for access, aesthetic qualities and a general feeling of openness and freedom, against the needs of those responsible for security to seal areas off, prevent access and harden the building as a target for criminals and terrorists?
A thorny problem, and one that demands answers as security risks become higher than they have been in the past. The first consideration of the security and safety needs of organisations should be the façade of the building. Doors are a primary consideration. While we acknowledge that all types of security have a part to play in reducing risk, only physical security actually prevents entry and has to be considered as a critical part of the mix, particularly as police now operate a graded response approach to alarms.
Many building managers find the problem of security a perplexing one. There are so many different products on the market, so many advertising messages and so much advice that the choice is confusing. In order to take the guesswork out of specifying security products, it is helpful to understand the testing and certification that exists to protect the buyer. Standards and testing provide measurable security and Surelock McGill Ltd have a philosophy of continuous research, development and testing to ensure their products can be assessed against the latest standards.
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Secured by Design – the ‘Police Preferred Specification’ logo provides reassurance in product suitability.
Exit devices – ensure conformance to either BS EN 1125: 2008 (panic) or BS EN 179: 2008. (emergency) and are CE marked.
Security – ensure approval to the required LPS 1175 Security Rating requirement to suit your specific needs.
Fire – ensure certification to BS476: Part 22: 1987 or EN 1634
Blast – ensure doors have been successfully tested in accordance with the methodology set out within ISO 16933 EXV15 & EXV25, utilising the hazard rating as defined for Walls and Doors.
Ballistic – ensure certification to BS EN 1522:1999
The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA)
Safety for the Disabled
Some simple guidelines when determining if your building is as safe and secure as it could be are as follows: