FRANKFURT/MAIN – 28 November 2019. Since 1977 Wolfgang Bruna has been designing safes for his employer Wertheim in Guntramsdorf near Vienna. For more than two decades, he is committed to high manufacturer-independent security standards at European level – and has since missed only one of dozens of working group meetings. Now, since 14 November 2019, he is the laureate of the ESSA International Leadership Award 2019. The European Security Systems Association (ESSA) e.V. awards the prize annually to personalities who make a special contribution to the further development of the industry through their extraordinary commitment.

Bruna has dedicated his entire professional life to safes and their security. During the award ceremony at the ESSA general meeting in 2019, he explained what drives him: “Safes are circulating in my veins”.

Striving for the best solution for the entire industry

In his laudation, ESSA Managing Director Dr. Markus Heering emphasized Bruna’s constructive leadership approach. “What we appreciate so much about Wolfgang Bruna is that he always argues on a sound technical basis, often taking a step back from his own interests – and that his calm, patient manner does not let up until the best standardization solution for the entire industry has been found,” Heering explained. For instance, the awardee has been patiently working for two decades, to adapt the tool list for destructive security testing of safes and strongrooms to the current state of the art. This perseverance was probably also connected with Bruna’s hobby: The passionate runner has completed various marathons.

Standards create room for creativity

Bruna has been a member of the board of the European Security Systems Association since 2009. In his acceptance speech, he reported on how European standardisation has changed his professional life. When he started his career, rigid technical rules deprived any freedom and creativity of safe-designers. This changed with the agreement of binding, manufacturer-independent standards that opened up room for different safe designs. In the standardization committees, however, he achieved more: “I learned there how to argue with commitment but always fair and respectfully. Over the years, we have had many hot discussions. But despite all the differences of opinion, the tone was never rude or hurtful,” he emphasized. This way of dealing helped him in his daily work. “In addition to the gain in creativity in safe design, for me this is the most important effect of my involvement in the standardization committees,” Bruna explained. The positive, fair treatment of each other distinguishes the ESSA – and it is radiating to the entire industry.

Dr. Markus Heering presents the ESSA International Leadership Award 2019 to Wolfgang Bruna.


ESSA honours Wolfgang Bruna’s long-standing commitment to the security of safes and strongrooms.

August 2019  EN 16569:2019 has been published  EN 15659:2019 (standard for light fire storage units) was officially put into force by CEN on 7 August 2019. The standard is already available as a national version in five countries. Updates to the 2009 version of the standard include the renaming of the protection levels to LFS 30 and LFS 60, a more precise description of the test specimen choice and a change of the tolerance of the depth from 15 % to 20 %.

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Hazardous substances in secure storage units

At the ESSA General Assembly in November the topic “Hazardous substances in secure storage units” is on the agenda. We have already collected data from product types from the 1950ies to the 1990ies which can contain hazardous substances.

If you have data to share on the topic, please send it to us. The more data we receive the better the presentation will be, which at the end is helpful for every member. We will only present data in an anonymized form.

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New standard for laboratories – first have already received accreditation

The former version of the accreditation standard ISO/IEC 17025 was from 2005. An update was necessary, as since then the technology has changed. ISO/IEC 17025:2017 enables laboratories to demonstrate that they operate competently and generate valid results, thereby promoting confidence in their work both nationally and around the world.

The ECB corporation partners Applus and Istituto Giordano have already received an accreditation according to the new ISO/IEC 17025:2017. Other laboratories, which have not yet received an accreditation according to the new version must renew their accreditation by end of 2020, otherwise their accreditation will be withdrawn.

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Background information: Publishing process of EN 14450:2017

The secure safe cabinet standard EN 14450:2017 was released in November 2017. The standard covers products meant for purposes where the security resistance required is less than that measured by EN 1143-1. Normally these products are used in lower risk situations.

Until now the EN 14450:2017 has been published as national standard with identical content in 38 countries and in four different languages. Even though the countries Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia and Moldova are not obliged to publish the EN 14450:2017 they have also published a national version of the standard.

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