18 August, 2023
While the UK has strict gun laws, incidents of crime involving firearms are on the rise. Many businesses, community centres, and government buildings are considering adding a layer of ballistic protection to their buildings as a result. While the word “bulletproofing” is commonly used, it’s an exaggerated term.
There are different levels of ballistic protection. When a product or material is deemed bullet-resistant, it indicates that it’s been tested to offer a degree of protection against bullets and projectiles and mitigate/resist the impact. It won’t necessarily provide full protection against all types of ammunition, for example.
To better understand the level of protection offered, examine the ballistic classification assigned according to set ballistic standards.
Ballistic standards provide a scientifically validated framework for testing and classifying the resistance of materials, structures, and barriers against ballistic threats, such as bullets and projectiles.
Ballistic ratings and standards play a vital role in specifying the appropriate level of ballistic protection required for safe room designs and other security applications. Each standard provides valuable information about the materials’ ability to resist various calibres and types of ammunition. Understanding and adhering to these standards ensures that security measures are effective and reliable in safeguarding against small arms threats.
In high-risk environments such as government buildings, financial institutions, law enforcement facilities, or retail stores, the threat of armed attacks is a genuine concern. Ballistic-rated materials can significantly reduce the risk of injury and damage during such incidents, offering occupants more time to seek shelter or escape and allowing law enforcement personnel to respond effectively to the threat.
Incorporating materials that adhere to recognized ballistic standards ensures consistency and reliability in security solutions. These standards have been thoroughly tested and validated by experts, making them a benchmark for assessing the performance of various products. Relying on such standards helps avoid the ambiguity of individual company claims and ensures that security measures meet industry-accepted criteria.
Ballistic ratings help in optimising the use of resources and finances. By precisely understanding the level of protection required, security managers can avoid overinvesting in unnecessarily high-rated solutions while still addressing the specific threats they face. This cost-effectiveness ensures that security measures are both robust and practical, catering to the specific needs of each facility.
The European Standard EN 1522 and EN 1063, created by the European Committee for Standardization, play a crucial role in establishing internationally recognized ballistic resistance standards.
The certifications for bullet/ballistic resistance are classified into different levels, each designed to withstand specific types of ballistic threats. For doors and enclosures, the classifications are as follows:
For windows and glazing, the classifications are similar and designed to provide protection against various types of ballistic threats:
Ballistic ratings ensure that the security measures companies take are effective and reliable, providing peace of mind and safety for occupants and assets. Ensure that whatever products you choose align with the widely accepted EN standards. That way, you can be confident in the level of protection on offer.
At Safetell, we make sure that our wide range of products are fully tested to meet the specific requirements of your security strategy, providing tailored solutions based on the recommendations of a security auditor. Get in touch if you would like to discuss your unique requirements.