Virtually all buildings, places and structures other than individual private dwellings are covered by fire saftey law. In order to comply, the responsible person will need to carry out and implement the findings of a fire safety risk assessment and also maintain the premises in a safe condition. The responsibility clearly includes regular maintenance of fire and rescue authorities.
Due to HSE regulation 18, all industrial doors and shutters should be inspected & maintained regularly.
The following pieces of legislation are particularly relevant when considering your legal responsibilities with regard to maintenance of industrial doors. These regulations are binding on the employer or occupier of a building or premises who have a duty to safeguard the health and safety of employees and other persons on or about the premises. Industrial Door Legal Requirements include:
Regulation 5 of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992
Extract: “The equipment devices and systems to which this regulation applies shall be subject to a suitable schedule of maintenance.”
This applies to all types of roller shutter doors whether manual or electrical operation.
Regulation 5 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)
5.— (1) Legal requirements dictate that every employer shall ensure that work equipment is maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair.
(2) Every employer shall ensure that where any machinery has a maintenance log, the log is kept up to date.
Extract: “Where necessary in order to safeguard the safety of relevant persons. The responsible person must ensure that the premises and any facilities, equipment and devices provided are subject to a suitable system of maintenance and are maintained in an efficient state and in efficient working order and in good repair.”
This applies to any door provided as a fire exit, along an escape route or which provides fire containment.
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