Alan Donohoe Redd NSAI

NSAI Rejects New – “Tool List” for European Safe And Vault Testing Working Group 1 / CEN Committee 263

The Europe wide CEN vote on an updated list of tools to be used in the testing of safes and vaults ended on the 27th of April 2017.

  • Ireland was joined by Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, France and Slovenia in voting against the new standard.
  • Great Britain, Romania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Spain, and Sweden voted in favour of the new standard.

According to the CEN rules at least 65 % of the “voting population” has to vote in favour of a standard for it to be accepted. However, in this vote only 54,4 % of the voting population opted in favour so the proposed new tool list was rejected.

Significant in the rejection of the new standard were comments regarding the absence of hydraulic tools from testing, raised by Alan Donohoe Redd M.Sec.I.I. on behalf of the National Standards Authority of Ireland and backed by Germany and Slovenia.

Pneumatic spreaders (also known as hydraulic spreaders) are now being used with increasing frequency to attack safes certified under EN1143-1, especially ATM safes and deposit safes in commercial settings across Ireland.

With the omission of the hydraulic spreader tool from the proposed new tool kit the result was, in the opinion of Alan Donohoe Redd M.Sec.I.I., acting as the NSAI expert, just a moderately better tool kit which to be practical wasn’t going to alter the kit sufficiently to warrant a total reworking of the testing process, particularly when aware of such a glaring omission to the tools actually being used in attacks.

The safe and vault standards working group (CEN Committee 263 WG1) will now meet to discuss the results of the enquiry and look for compromise.

This may lead to an integration of hydraulics into the EN1143-1 standard so that a new vote can take place at the end of this year.

Ireland also called for an improvement of the requirements for base anchoring of safes under EN1143-1.

  • Hydraulic and Pneumatic spreaders can be bought on-line for between €120 and around €800, depending on the version and can spread anything from 6 to 25 Tons. These devices are eminently portable and in most case do not require any type of electrical power.

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