It is mandatory in the European Union for all exit devices to comply with the latest revisions of EN1125:2008 and EN 179:2008
This applies to panic applications where the exit door is used by the public and provides ‘safe and effective escape through the doorway with minimum effort and without prior knowledge of operation.’
DANGER OF PANIC
Typical applications: theatres, schools, shops, hospitals, cinemas
This applies to emergency applications where the exit door is used by people who ‘are familiar with the emergency exit and its hardware and therefore a panic situation is unlikely to occur’.
NO DANGER OF PANIC
Typical applications: offices, small apartments
EN classification codes
Under both standards (EN 1125 and EN 179), each product is classified and graded to identify the level of compliance within each category. These classifications are set out below with the additional element of ‘Field of Door Application’ introduced in the 2008 edition of EN 1125 and EN 179 shown highlighted.
It is mandatory for manufacturers to mark all panic and emergency exit devices with the new CE classification to prove compliance with the latest standards.
There are 3 ways to be sure exit hardware meets the CE mark criteria:
CE certificates are readily available for inspection
Products are regularly tested within a UKAS accredited testing facility as part of an ongoing audit test programme
3. Products are manufactured on a production line that has been inspected and accredited under FPC (Factory Process Control) conditions, a further requirement of the CE marking process. This ensures that correctly specified materials and manufacturing methods are consistently employed