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Accredited European Standards Are Essential For Long-Term Credit Union Security And Safety

Certified Safes Ireland™ provide European certified safes, strongrooms, data rooms, time locks and audit systems for the protection of cash and sensitive data to the banking and Credit Union sector Nationwide. 

Accredited European certification is verifiable assurance that a safe, strongroom, data cabinet or data room has been tested by an ISO/IEC 17064 European accredited testing laboratory and that the results of testing have been certified by an independent ISO/IEC 17065 accredited European certification body to the relevant standard and grade. This is essential proof of standard under European law for insurance, GDPR and litigation purposes that any Credit Union simply cannot afford to be without. 

Certified Safes Ireland™ are qualified secure storage specification and certification specialists. Our advice is trusted at the highest level of the insurance, commercial and government sectors.

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Our expertise has been relied on by;
N.A.T.O. Europe, The U.S. Air Force (Europe), PayPal (Worldwide), Grant Thornton, The Department Of Communications, The Revenue Commissioners, The Danish Defence Forces (Afghanistan), The Insurance Institute of Ireland, The Royal College Of Surgeons, BFC Bank, Interxion Data Centres, BvlgariIsle of Man Gold Bullion, The Private Security Authority, Brown Thomas, Druids Glen, The Shelbourne, and many others …

Upgrading Existing Safes And Strongrooms

With a background in European standards for secure storage at an international level, Certified Safes Ireland™ are uniquely qualified to survey your Credit Union premises, equipment and systems and help you bring processes and security in line with European best practice. Surveys are free of charge, without obligation and entirely confidential. As technology moves ahead there are a wide range of upgrades that can be made to existing secure storage equipment that can greatly increase security and ease of administration across an evolving organisation. Some basic facilities include:

• Certified Time Lock With Audit: 

Time Lock gives you all the benefits of a bank level high security time lock system with built in audit. You can control when your safe or strongroom can be accessed, by whom and download access logs from the lock telling you who opened the lock, when, and how long the door and lock was open. Up to 30 holidays can be programmed that override the normal schedule. Automatically adjusts for daylight saving time. We can even program a time lock schedule that restricts specific people’s access.

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• Dual Control: 

Most certified safe or strongroom locks will allow dual code operation, which means two codes have to be entered to open the lock. Ideal in situations where dual person operation is preferred.

• Duress Alarm: 

Many certified digital locks can be added to your alarm system via an Alarm Module. With an Alarm module in place if a hold-up occurs addition of a digit to the normal access code will trigger a silent alarm.

• Alarm And Electronics Integration:

The addition of electronic monitoring devices such as seismic sensors and emergency facilities such as duress signalling is a relatively low-cost affair for most safes and strongrooms. A wide range of electronic monitoring, signalling and anti-tamper devices are easily fitted to, or already integrated into, many of the certified electronic safe and strongroom locks available on the market. A seismic sensor for example, will detect prising, cutting, drilling and heat attacks, but is not triggered by normal everyday use of the safe or strongroom. What is particularly convenient about a seismic sensor is it is tamper proof and works 24/7 even when an alarm system is switched off. With so many tested and certified alarm integration devices made for safes and strongrooms, EN50131 (alarm standard) compliant integration of Credit Union secure storage facilities is easy, low cost, and greatly increases overall security, reducing risk.

European Certification - Legal Proof Of Standard

If you consider that 70% of safes that are tested by accredited European testing labs fail on the first attempt, the implications of some manufacturers and safe suppliers displaying unaccredited "certification" badges that claim to comply with European standards is obvious.

All properly certified safes, cabinets, data units and strongrooms will display an accredited certification plate that is clear and easy to understand. Certification plates should state the products' description, display the logo of an accredited certification body and indicate that the body is accredited to ISO/IEC 17065. This is a verifiable assurance that the unit in question has been tested and certified under the strictest criteria for the relevant standard. 

A reputable supplier will always provide accredited certification documents for a safe, cabinet or strongroom and the unit itself will have at least one certification plate which can be located on the inside of the door. This will always be a stamped metal plate, never a sticker. Accredited European certification is verifiable assurance that a safe, cabinet or strongroom has been tested and certified under European law. This is proof of standard for insurance, GDPR and litigation purposes.

Pre-2000 Safe And Document Cabinet Safety Issues

A 2019 Legislation & Enforcement Notice from the Health and Safety Authority made it clear than any safe, document or cabinet manufactured before 2000 must be presumed to contain asbestos. Apart from being a severe cancer risk to both staff and mangement, Asbestos is no longer covered by insurance leaving any business, including a Credit Union directly liable for asbestos exposure in the workplace. 

Chrysotile asbestos was widely used in door seals on safes, strongrooms, fireproof safes, and fireproof filing cabinets. This invariably took the form of woven asbestos tape adhered around the door frame against which the door would close. A safe or cabinet that contains asbestos within its structure is also a danger to maintenance technicians or others called to work on such units. 

Certified Safes Ireland™ have a great deal of experience in identifying serious risks posed to both staff and management by pre-2000 safes and strongrooms that may contain asbestos, a problem which has plagued many financial institutions and offices. If such a risk is  identified by Certified Safes Ireland™, any such equipment will be dealt professionally and in strictest confidence. Certified Safes Ireland™ have already dealt with several situations, removing, and disposing of such equipment for Credit Unions in Ireland.

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Alan Redd Certified Safes Ireland NSAI

Certified Safes Ireland™ director Alan Donohoe Redd is a member of the European CEN263 Working Group responsible for writing European Standards for safes, strong rooms, secure cabinets and physical data protection for the European Union.

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