School Security - It's beyond a duty of care

Physical perimeter security measures and effective access control are at the heart of any successful school security programme but creating a safe and secure school environment requires significant planning and key features need to be designed into the overall perimeter security architecture. It is imperative to consider all factors, like entry and exit points, weaker areas of the existing physical security and use risk assessments to consider and highlight so the school can be fenced to maximum effect.

Perimeter Security

High risk school fencingPhysical perimeter security measures and effective access control are at the heart of any successful school security programme but creating a safe and secure school environment requires significant planning and key features need to be designed into the overall perimeter security architecture. It is imperative to consider all factors, like entry and exit points, weaker areas of the existing physical security and use risk assessments to consider and highlight so the school can be fenced to maximum effect.

Local community

School ground fencingThe local community also needs to be considered when discussing security especially when members of the public live within close proximity of the school. Noise coming from playground can be combated with acoustic fencing. Our acoustic barriers combine outstanding noise reduction characteristics with security and high levels of privacy.

The aesthetic appeal of a school’s perimeter fencing and gates is also of importance when considering the local community and plays an important role in attracting the right type of response from prospective parents/pupils. Having an effective barrier but also an attractive appeal is crucial for any school to balance safety and creating a pleasant place for children to learn.

Playing safe

School Security Its beyond a duty of careAll fencing, gate and access control solutions must be carefully considered to ensure they are compliant with the stringent safety regulations designed to minimise the risk of accidents. In infant and junior schools and for play areas, it is important to look for RoSPA approved and BS EN 1176 compliant products which have been tested for their ability to provide a safe fencing or gate solution, reducing the risk of puncture wounds or the entrapment of limbs.

Jacksons steel and timber play fencing is RoSPA approved and conforms to BS EN 1176. The range has been specifically designed for the safe and secure demarcation of areas in use by schools with the overarching requirement to minimise the risk of injury whilst still providing effective containment. Products such as Anti-Trap Bow Top fencing feature a wider gap between each hoop to specifically prevent children from getting wedged within the fencing structure whilst the matching gate boasts an in-ground, self closing hinge with adjustable closing rate and soft close feature specifically to prevent slamming and the associated risk of injured fingers.

Automated Gates

Automated gateSchools should be aware of the new EU Machinery Directive 98/37/EC and 2006/42/EC which states that automated gates are classified as a machine, meaning that the whole structure (not just the automation equipment used) comprising of gates, openers and safety devices must be designed and installed to meet the defined safety standards. Compliance with this directive is essential to avoid the risk of costly litigation in the event of an incident.

Investing

Anti Trap Playground FencingTaking a long term view on investment of capital purchases by selecting products which offer a long life expectancy is key for schools. All Jacksons timber and steel fencing and gates are manufactured in the UK and are designed to deliver fitness for purpose, low maintenance and carry class leading 25 year guarantees to provide lowest lifetime cost.

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