What should a locksmith know

After four years EN 1090

This is exactly the question that high-level committees are currently dealing with. You will work out papers that should finally clarify what will apply in the future. However, the colleagues were interested in what needs to be considered at the moment. I hope I can find an understandable answer.

There are metal stairs that fall within the scope of EN 1090-1 and there are metal stairs that do not. It is the same with railings. Anyone who wants to manufacture stairs or railings that fall within the scope of EN 1090-1 must be certified according to EN 1090-1, submit a declaration of performance and apply a CE mark to their product. If the component does not fall within the specified area of ​​application, no CE marking may be applied.

In the application area EN 1090-1

Stairs made of steel or aluminum fall within the scope of EN 1090-1 if they

contribute to ensuring the mechanical strength and stability of a building / structure (>>> are part of the supporting system of the building / structure),

are to be regarded as an independent structure / structure or

serve as an escape route in the event of fire.

The manufacturer is expected to be able to assess for himself in individual cases whether one or more of the criteria apply and the component falls within the scope of EN 1090-1 or not.

railing Made of steel or aluminum fall within the scope of EN 1090-1 if they not only protect against falls, but also contribute to ensuring the mechanical strength and stability of a building / structure / support system. The manufacturer must clarify these questions himself.

Care with the CE mark

The CE marking should be handled very carefully: it is forbidden not to apply it if a legal regulation so requires. But it is equally forbidden to bring them up when it is not. Violations are punishable in both cases. I am informing about this because some colleagues have started to label everything they make. The shot can backfire!

For the production

Anyone who assumes that nothing should be taken into account with stairs and railings that do not fall within the scope of EN 1090-1 is wrong. The technical regulations of the 1090 series apply: EN 1090-2 for steel, EN 1090-3 for aluminum. The manufacturer must always observe these. By the way: The fact that no declaration of performance and CE marking according to EN 1090-1 is required, but EN 1090-2 or -3 must be observed, applies not only to stairs and railings, but also to many other products that classic metalworkers have in their portfolio Has.

Last but not least: two locksmith colleagues came by during one of my most recent audits. Not yet certified, they just wanted to take a look. The accusation was “... You are shooting against non-certified companies in the specialist magazine metallbau because you want to advertise a certificate that nobody needs. If all of this were as important as you write, our building authority would demand it, but nobody there wants to know about it ”. I have to correct these accusations: I don't want to shoot anyone with this series, nor do I want to advertise jobs for an audit. And if a building authority “does not require certification according to EN 1090-1”, this does not mean that “the certification is not needed”, but merely that the LBO or other technical guidelines are either not known or not implemented there. As a result, many metal workers make themselves liable to prosecution and take economic risks that they are not aware of. This is not about quality at all. I write for this specialist magazine because I fear that the metalworkers are heading for a “weld gate”. The auto industry has its diesel scandal.