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Requirements for maintenance of fire doors

Virtually all buildings, places and structures other than individual private dwellings are covered by fire safety 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.  This responsibility clearly includes regular maintenance of fire and escape doors.  In most premises, enforcement is the responsibility of local fire and rescue authorities.

Details of the applicable legislation follows:

ENGLAND AND WALES- The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2005/1541/pdfs/uksi_20051541_en.pdf

Regulation 3 defines the “responsible person” and regulation 17 requires that facilities and equipment provided for fire safety are subject to a suitable system of maintenance and maintained in an efficient state.  Further guidance is available from: https://www.gov.uk/workplace-fire-safety-your-responsibilities/fire-risk-assessments

SCOTLAND- Fire (Scotland) Act 2005, Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations 2006

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/asp/2005/5/pdfs/asp_20050005_en.pdf

Sections 53 and 54 deal with the duties of employers and others.

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ssi/2006/456/pdfs/ssi_20060456_en.pdf

Regulation 16 requires that facilities and equipment provided for fire safety are subject to a suitable system of maintenance and maintained in an efficient state.  Further guidance is available from: http://www.firescotland.gov.uk/your-safety/for-businesses/your-duties.aspx

NORTHERN IRELAND- Fire and Rescue Services (NI) Order 2006, Fire Safety Regulations (NI) 2010

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/nisi/2006/1254/data.pdf

Articles 25 and 26 deal with the duties of employers and others.

https://hberm.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Fire-Safety-Regulations-Northern-Ireland-2010.pdf

Regulation 16 requires that facilities and equipment provided for fire safety are subject to a suitable system of maintenance and maintained in an efficient state.  Further guidance is available from: https://www.nifrs.org/firesafe/

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND- Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007

http://www.hsa.ie/eng/Legislation/Regulations_and_Orders/General_Application_Regulations_2007/General_Application_Regulations_2007_SI_2007_Unofficial_Copy.pdf

Regulation 11 (Doors and gates) and 12 (Emergency routes and exits) contain requirements relating to both fire-resisting and emergency exit doors in workplaces.

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