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DHF Publish Best Practice Guides

Two more Best Practice Guides, covering thief resistant lock assemblies and lock cylinders, have been published by the Door & Hardware Federation (DHF).

They are the latest to be added to its series of guides addressing the major issues that must be considered when specifying, ordering or using door hardware products. They have been produced by the DHF hardware group.

The Best Practice Guide for thief resistant lock assemblies looks at the revised BS 3621 and BS 8621: 2004. Advice is given on Kitemarking requirements which include durability, door mass, suitability of use on fire or smoke doors, safety and security. It also spells out what information should be provided on the product itself, on packaging and on any labelling or literature.

The Best Practice Guide for cylinders for locks to BS EN 1303: 2005 deals with specification issues relating to cylinders intended for use on locks in buildings. It identifies various grades covering usage, durability, fire resistance, corrosion, temperature resistance and security.

Said DHF hardware group chairman David Whitworth: “Our growing series of Best Practice Guides provides specifiers with concise documents which include summaries of the relevant sections from the appropriate European standards. The Guides allow everyone to seek further specialist advice where necessary and to recognise genuine conformity to the new standards.”

The DHF hardware group produced the two guides in association with the British Hardware Federation, Builders Merchants Federation, Guild of Architectural Ironmongers and Master Locksmiths Association.

Both guides are now available on the DHF website

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