Access Control - S.I. 144:2012

The standard for Access Control is S.I. 144:2012 and the only standard you need for this  to attain certification is S.R. 40 which is the non-technical side of the audit.  In essence we do not need any site visit for this standard, but to keep to best practice Stellar would prefer to do at least one site visit to look at your workmanship.

When you sign a contract with Stellar, we will inform the PSA that you one are one of our clients. The PSA charges for the first two years are, provided you are a new business, €1,000 and thereafter €1,250 per two year cycle up to and including a turnover of €300,000.  If you are an existing company the charges are €1,250 for each 2 year cycle up to the € 300,000 turnover.  To get a list of charges for the PSA for turnovers exceeding €300,000, please refer to the PSA web site at www.psa.gov.ie.  At  present all licences within the PSA suite of standards cover a two year cycle.

Our charges for the same period, which also covers the two year cycle are €940 + Vat @ 23%. This covers the certification audit and the surveillance audit 12 months later. We require a non-refundable deposit of €100 on signing of the contract.  This amount will be deducted from the overall contract value.

Stellar  will provide you with suggested paperwork that may be of some help to you in preparing for your audit.  Any other queries please call us and a trained member of staff will guide you through the whole process from start to finish.

Upon request, Stellar will carry out an audit which will comprise of an S.R. 40 audit covering your company’s management systems, including tax clearance, insurances, references, screening of individuals, I.D. cards, etc. We will then look at your paperwork concerning your clients for the Access Control system  and conduct the site visit.  For the first audit called the certification audit, an inspection of one system is expected, and at all subsequent audits no site visits are required.

 

On completion and compliance to the standard Stellar will award your certificates of compliance, you can then apply to the PSA for your licence, and once everything is in order with your application, your full licence will be issued by the PSA.

 

The definition of Access Control as defined in S.I. No: 144 of 2012 states:

“ installer of security equipment (access control) “ means a person who installs, maintains, repairs or services security equipment that consists of electronic or other devices designed, constructed or adapted to control or record access by persons or vehicles to or within premises where such equipment is situated.

Access Control is further defined in S.I. No: 144 of 2012 as follows:

“ access control “ means the control or recording of access by persons or vehicles to or within premises by means of-

(a) Personal identity verification, including by means of biometrics

(b) Vehicle identification

(c) Numerical codes

(d) Alphabetical codes

(e) Access or other card management, or

(f) Electronic key management,

or any combination of such means.

 

HOW ACCESS CONTROL APPLIES IN PRACTICE

What is licensable?

• any door, gate, access control barrier or other access control device with a recording system whether installed in a domestic or commercial setting,

• any door, gate, access control barrier or other access control device installed as part of a multi-point access control system whether installed in a domestic or commercial setting,

• any door, gate, access control barrier or other access control device that records users access or permits users to access in a predetermined time zone,

• two or more wired or wireless electronic locking units operated by the same opening device whether installed in a domestic or commercial setting

• any gate, access control barrier or other access control device installed in a commercial setting,

• any access control barrier or other access control device installed in a domestic setting,

• any gate, whose height is greater than 1.5 metres from the ground, installed in a domestic setting,

 

Licensable activity includes the installation, maintenance, repair and servicing of all hardware, software (including programming), access control media, locks, door operators and closers, intercom systems or other components that form part of the access control system. Access control media includes card, fob, numerical or digital keypad, biometrics, electronic key, remote control, mobile phone or other remote device whether installed in a domestic or commercial setting.

 

What’s not licensable?

• a stand-alone door which has no recording system and is not part of a multi-point access system installed in a domestic or commercial setting,

• any system in a domestic setting installed by the householder,

• any gate, whose height is 1.5 metres or less from the ground, installed in a domestic setting,

• mechanical key systems and mechanical digital locks.

 

Feel free to contact us.

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