How can PAS 13 help you to select the right safety barrier?
The vehicle types operating in a warehouse facility can vary greatly. A safety barrier that is fit-for-purpose can be the difference between life and death. Therefore, matching the strength of safety barriers to the vehicles in operation is essential. PAS 13 gives specific guidance in the factors that should be considered:
A barrier’s impact resilience must match the impact forces at play in the environment it will be used.
In order to provide accurate impact ratings, barrier suppliers should have tested impact resilience using repeated dynamic testing methods as outlined in PAS 13. If the rating of a barrier is lower than the potential vehicle impact force, it is not fit-for-purpose.
The impact zone is just as important as the impact rating, for ensuring the barrier is fit-for-purpose. Carrying load, vehicle height, ground clearance, and the diameter of vehicle wheels all affect the type of barrier which is best suited.
Eye-line is another key factor that has a bearing on the most appropriate barrier impact zone. Visibility is the first line of defence. Low-level barriers and bollards might be visible to pedestrians and those handling trucks and trolleys, but they will not be visible to lorry and forklift truck drivers.
Many safety barriers are bright yellow; a universal signal hazard signal. To ensure long-term visibility, barriers should be self-coloured or undergo regular painting maintenance, this means, should an impact occur, the colour will not scrap off or fade over time.