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At the forefront of innovative and intelligent foundation engineering, the RETENTION SYSTEM enhances the use of passive safety posts and offers specifiers, operators and all road users accessible levels of road safety.

The European Standard EN12767:2007 (Passive Safety of Support Structures for Road Equipmemnt) states; 'the severities of accidents for vehicle occupants are affected by the performance of support structures for items of road equipment under impact. Based on safety considerations, these can be made in such a way that they detach or yield under vehicle impact'.

EN12767 specifies performance requirements for passively safe support structures for permanent road equipment. It both defines and limits the levels of occupant injury severity when impacting these structures. This important advancement recognies the unacceptable number of people killed or seriously injured in single vehicle collisions with street furniture. EN12767 and associated guidelines calls for all those involved in the design, construction and operation of roads to actively consider the use of passively safe street furniture including lighting columns, traffic signals and sign posts.

IPL group is a signatory in The European Road Safety Charter with a commitment to actions that will reduce road fatalities. The company undertakes to implement, proactively, the measures within the sphere of our responsibility and activities so as to speed up progress on road safety. As a leading manufacturer and supplier in the passive safety industry, IPL group offers a range of passive safe products that have been designed to exceed legislative crash protection standards and bring about real safety improvements in a 'forgiving roadside' enviroment. They include:

  • Retention System Sockets
  • Safety Bollards
  • Safety Poles
  • Cable & Disconnection Plugs
  • Electrical Isolation Systems

  • The RETENTION SYSTEM™ and other passive safe solutions are listed in Passive Safety UK - Designing Safer Roadsides guide to best available products. IPL group and our partners work closely with many local authorties introducing innovative products and solutions. We actively endorse this and other safe roads initiatives and participate in roadshows and seminars throughout Ireland and the UK. IPL group also continue to contribute to the European Commission's 'Safer Roads' initiatives. For further information on the European Commission Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport’s road safety activity, debates and discussions and work in the field of raod safety, visit the website: Mobility & Transport - Road Safety

    Passive Safety Solutions

    Safety Bollards

    We offer an extensive range of bollards, that come in a range of elegant designs. Choose from the timeless Boyne design to the new cutting edge X-last Flexible bollards. All bollards are available root-fixed or removable with RS sockets. Optional features include diamond grade reflective tape, heavy-duty chain-link, custom colours, cast county crest or corporate logo.

    When installed in reusable RETENTION SYSTEM™ sockets, Rivers and X-last Bollards give all road users a new level in safety and is an attractive and sustainable design option for public and private infrastructure management.


  • Extensive range of designs
  • Range of bollard heights
  • Customer colour requirements
  • RS socket (for removable & locking option)

  • Safe Posts

    The RETENTION SYSTEM™ is designed to suit most post types and shapes. The use of passively safe lighting columns, traffic signals and sign posts are becoming increasingly important on both highways and rural roads. The European Standard EN12767 specifies performance requirements for passively safe support structures for permanent road equipment. It both defines and limits the levels of occupant injury severity when impacting these structures.

    There are three categories of passive safety support structures:

    High energy absorbing (HE): slow the vehicle considerably on impact. The risk of secondary collisions with trees, pedestrians and other road users is reduced, however the severity of the impact for vehicle occupants can be high.

    Low energy absorbing (LE): are generally designed to bend in front of and under the impacting vehicle, before shearing or detaching towards the end of the impact.

    Non energy absorbing (NE): permits the vehicle to continue after the impact with a limited reduction in speed. They may therefore provide a lower primary injury risk than energy absorbing support structures, but a higher secondary injury risk if other hazards exist behind the support structure.

    The RETENTION SYSTEM can be used in conjunction with most leading passive safe posts available. IPL group promote the use of Sapa Pole Products for both passive safety applications and standard post installation.


  • Extended range of poles
  • RS socket (for removable & locking option)

  • Cable Disconnection

    Molex has developed the Passive-Safety Pole Connectors with overmolded cables to meet future EU legislation governing passively safe street furniture.All powered road-side lighting,traffic lights and signage will be required to have an emergency power quick-disconnect system.In line with the legislation,the Molex Passive-Safety Pole Connectors provide electrical isolation of powered apparatus within 0.40 seconds of impact.This quick-disconnect function prevents poles and cables from becoming live conductors at crash sites.A further safety feature of the Molex system is that it allows a pole,which shears at its base on impact,to break-away cleanly.This prevents armoured electrical supply cables from dangerously tethering a pole during a crash.


  • Passive Safe Disconnection
  • Intergrated Tether Anchor Cable
  • Overmoulded Cable
  • IP68 Rating
  • Voltage - 200/250 AC
  • Operating Temperature Range -20c to +80c
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