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How European Certification Helps You Avoid Safe Supply Scams

Most people don’t realise that a large part of the safe, data safe and fire-resistant filing cabinet market in Ireland is still in untested and uncertified units. These uncertified and often secondhand units are frequently misrepresented as having insurance or fire ratings they couldn't possibly have based on a range of totally unaccredited certifications, badges and “insurance listings”.

EN14450 "Secure Safe Cabinets" Are Not Safes And Have No Rating

The European “Secure Safe Cabinet” standard EN14450 was introduced in Europe in 2005 and was intended as a standard for secure cabinets holding items other than cash and jewellery to be used in a domestic setting. Despite the purpose of the standard being quite clear EN14450 units are still being marketed and described by unscrupulous dealers as "safes" complete with unsubstantiated cash covers. These units have no cash rating in the Republic of Ireland and in most other European countries.

Where Safe Ratings In The Republic Of Ireland Come From

Many safe suppliers are advertising inflated insurance rates for safes on sale in Ireland. To do this is fraud, yet the practice is quite widespread. Having been sourced directly from the Republic of Ireland's insurance industry the Irish Safes Ratings Group (I.S.R.G.) overnight insurance are rates are the only rates officially recognised by The European Security Systems Association and the insurance industry in Ireland as a whole.

Buying A Safe For Home Use

Buying a correctly certified safe for home use while avoiding the pitfalls of supplier fraud and misrepresentation can be a complicated task. There are a wide range of "certificates" or "approvals" available from official sounding bodies but there are only a handful of bodies who have the required European accreditation to ISO/IEC 17065:2012 for certifying safes in Europe.

Buying A Safe For Commercial Use

Buying a correctly certified safe for commercial use while avoiding the pitfalls of supplier fraud and misrepresentation can be a complicated task. There are a wide range of "certificates" or "approvals" available from official sounding bodies but there are only a handful of bodies who have the required European accreditation.

The Dangers When Buying A Secondhand Safe In Ireland

A large part of the safe, vault, data safe and fire-resistant filing cabinet market in Ireland is still in second-hand and mostly uncertified units. As many of these units were manufactured before European certification, a large proportion of these safes, vaults, data safes and fire-resistant filing contain dangerous substances, most notably asbestos.

The Criminal Sale Of Safes & Cabinets Containing Asbestos In Ireland

The issue of asbestos in safes, document and filing cabinets has been swept under the carpet by vested interests in the safe supply industry in Ireland and the UK for far too long. Safe suppliers and private sellers in Ireland are still supplying and openly advertising safes and cabinets that have been flagged by the HSA as presumed to contain asbestos and are using a variety of official looking documents to sell them.

A Locksmith Licence Has Very Little To Do With Safes

With the exception of safe key cutting, the profession of locksmith is completely separate from that of suppliers of certified safes and vaults. Modern safe and vault locking systems are almost exclusively electronic and would have more in common with advanced access control than the skills one would associate with the locksmith profession.

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