Certification and Protection Standards

Manual Attack, Bullet, and Blast Resistance solutions for products, such as Security Doors or Security Windows, all need to be tested for certification. With different levels of certification all offering a range of different protection levels, the difference can be considered a matter of life and death as a single incorrect resistance specification can ruin an entire security solution – risking lives and reputation.

Certification + Protection Overview

The Value of Certification

Certification is often required by law or trade regulators and associations to provide a universal and trustworthy point of comparison between different products and levels. As infrastructure continues to develop, and individuals working on every step of a project are occupied with more and more tasks and points of differentiation, certification provides a quick, easy and global reference point to stick by to meet customer demands. Overall, the value of certification comes down to these two points:

  • To be able to compare materials with an equal security level
  • To have a guarantee that the materials used within the products are resistant to the specified level

Bespoke Security and Certification

When dealing with bespoke and modified solutions, even those with minor changes such as a changed lock on a bullet resistant Security Door, the standard certification provided for the product changes due to the modification may become null. In instances such as this, a certified product will be duplicated and the bespoke changes will be made to the equivalent level and often independently tested.

Recognizing Standards

British and European Standards identify, rate and certificate an entire industry of products. However, when dealing internationally, there are some other certification standards to understand. To help identify these, please see:

  • “BS” = British Standards
  • “BS EN” = British Adoptions of EU Standards
  • “ISO” = International Standards
  • “BS ISO” = British Adoption of International Standards

What is Ballistic Protection?

A wide array of different ballistic/bullet resistance certifications exist to provide the exact specifications required across various sectors – with protection levels to defend against guns, bullet calibres, and distances – with the aim to provide tested and certified products at a cost and resistance level to match an organisations security needs.

What is Blast Protection?

Blast Protection is defined as resistance from air pressure arising out of “blast” attacks. To gain a certification rating, official tests are conducted and then rated, often by assessing resilience to TNT explosions or air pressure. A range of different blast resistance levels exists to counter a wide array of different explosions and TNT blasts, with certification at distinct levels to help provide solutions to various sectors in a cost-effective manner to match their requirements.

What is Manual Attack Protection?

Manual attack protection is defined as resistance to physical attack arising out of violence or burglary from hands to a variety of tools. Manual Attack protection is rated by the European Standard (EN) and Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB) with the higher the numerical rating relating to a higher level of protection.

What is Fire Protection?

Fire Resistance is defined as the ability to resist burning and heat. It is measured with the FR abbreviation and time in minutes. Testing will recreate a fire scenario, timing resistance to intense fire. Fire resistance is not to be confused with Fire Insulation, which relates to the transfer of heat.

Detonation + Deflagration

When specifying for fire resistance, there are two types of information you might find yourself regularly noticing: Detonation and Deflagration. Our guide can help clarify the difference.

Bullet Proof + Bullet Resistant

Misunderstanding the term ‘Bullet Proof’ is a fairly common practice. However, the difference between ‘resistant’ and ‘proof’ can mean the difference between life and death when working with security specifications.

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