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New guide to conformity marking and third-party testing published by GAI and DHF

A new technical briefing has been launched to keep door hardware professionals at the forefront of changes to conformity marking.

The Guidance on conformity marking, third party testing, assessment and certification technical briefing, written by the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) and the Door & Hardware Federation (DHF), gives a comprehensive overview of the changes door hardware professionals must prepare for in advance of 1 January 2022.

When the UK left the EU, the UKCA mark was introduced in Great Britain to replace the CE mark. Wherever CE marking might have applied, UKCA marking is currently optional for products placed on the market in Great Britain until the end of 2021 but will be mandatory from the start of next year.

The technical briefing, originally launched in 2020,has been updated to include both UKCA and CE+UKNI marking. It is broken down into five sections covering: conformity marking; harmonised and designated standards; methodologies of testing and assessment; fire resistance assessment reports; and third-party product certification.

The guide also includes a helpful graphic showing the product marking sales territories and which form of product marking can be used in Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the EU.

Douglas Masterson, technical manager of the GAI, said:

“We have written this briefing to ensure that both GAI and DHF members were clear on the differences between conformity marking, third party testing, assessment and certification, as well as what their responsibilities are going forward. We will continue to make members aware of any developments and provide as much technical support as possible to help them navigate these changes.”

Michael Skelding, General Manager at the DHF, said:

“With the current changes to conformity marking, we felt that it was important to clarify the situation to minimise any confusion. We hope that the new guide will achieve this aim, while preserving the user-friendly format of the previous edition. For those who need more detail, further advice is available from our website.”

To download the guide, visit the GAI or DHF website:

www.gai.org.uk/GAI_DHF_UKCAMark

http://bit.ly/DHFGAI-CEMarking

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Which Noise Level Meter is right for your business

For businesses today there is so much to think about when it comes to running a safe and efficient operation. For example, the hazard of excessive noise. It can do a lot of harm to a business in many ways if it’s not quickly addressed. It’s here that a noise level meter can be such a useful tool, but it’s hard to know which one may be the right fit for a business. That’s why factoring in the following considerations when searching for a noise level meter is critical.

Hearing the Issue

To anyone that is yet to fully understand the importance of having a noise level meter it’s useful to note how vulnerable the human ears are, and how quickly hearing can be substantially damaged. This isn’t pleasant to think about, but the thought of permanent hearing damage is a far more unpleasant notion. So that’s why a business having tools in place that can help to protect the hearing of staff, customers, and others is always prudent. Given hearing can begin to sustain permanent damage once noise is above 85 decibels – around the same level of noise that heavy traffic emits – it’s also essential to recognise threats to hearing can exist even in workplaces that may not be obvious examples of loud and noisy venues.


Appreciate How a Noise Level Meter Works

A noise level meter will provide live readings of the sound it detects around it. While there’s a number of variables among the range of noise level meters that a prospective buyer should be aware of, essentially any selection in the range can perform the task of taking a reading of local sound.

Decide Whether a Class I or Class II is Ideal

There are two classes of sound meter in the noise level meter range. Each are very precise, but it’s the Class II that is most commonly used in workplaces.

Is Lighting and Sizing a Concern?

Although it’ll usually be possible to use a noise level meter in a well-lit environment this won’t always be the case for some businesses. Music and entertainment venues are commonly examples of such places that may have a low-lighting setup, and as a result may require any noise level meter that can be read in all lighting conditions. The same consideration should be given towards sizing, as if a noise level meter is being used for ongoing monitoring through the day, smaller models will increase the portability factor.

Factor in the Battery Life

It’ll often be easy to recharge a noise level meter from one use to the next. But in certain circumstances there may be jobs that require a noise level meter be used for an extended period of time, in a remote location, or both! In such instances having a noise level meter that has a long battery life is important, and it’s wise any business factors this is when looking for the right noise level meter for its day to day needs.

A Sound Idea

Selecting the right noise level meter for a business depends on a number of factors. First, it’s necessary to understand what precisely a noise level meter can do, and then establish whether a Class I or Class II model is ideal. Then to consider whether lighting and sizing is a key consideration, and the same goes for battery life. Once these factors have been taken into account, a business will be well-placed to pick the right noise level meter for their needs.

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