The first security standard for access control equipment units in the UK has been launched to improve the safety of residential premises including multi-occupancy units, blocks of flats, single family homes, rental units, and social housing.
UL 293 is the first standard of its kind developed specifically for use in the United Kingdom. The standard is the result of a collaboration between global safety science organization UL, and Secured by Design (SBD), the national police crime prevention initiative in the UK.
Access control units certified to UL 293 will continue to allow unrestricted access to properly authorized users, while complying with SBD’s building security standards to restrict unauthorized entry and ensure premises are robust enough to resist malicious electronic and physical attack.
SBD sought the support of UL because of the company’s standards development expertise, technical capabilities, and public safety experience.
UL 293 is now referenced in ‘SBD Homes Guide 2016,’ which provides security advice to builders of new residential homes in the UK.
“It’s a wonderful case of SBD working with a standards authority to produce a standard that has not been done anywhere else before,” SBD Senior Development Officer Mick Reynolds said.
UL business development manager, Europe and Latin America, Chris Miles, said: “This initiative is one of the ways in which UL demonstrates its commitment to the UK and more broadly to Europe.
“For SBD to choose UL to develop this standard is an important step in UL providing local guidance and expertise wherever our customers are located,” Miles said.
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