Be Safe, Be Legal - Regular door maintenance is vital

It is essential that a regular maintenance programme is in place - and adhered to - for all industrial doors.

Serious accidents and injuries caused by faulty doors are almost always the result of lack of maintenance. If an accident involving an industrial door or shutter takes place, the building manager or owner faces prosecution under the Health Safety at Work Act for failing to ensure the health, safety and welfare of his employees. This extends to visitors and even trespassers.

If the building is open to the public, then the building landlord and the employer are responsible under the Health Safety at Work Acts 1974 to ensure members of the public are not exposed to risks.

In an industrial or commercial workplace, the Workplace Regulations 1992 have specific requirements for the safety of doors and gates.

Fire doors are governed by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO) and managers must self certify that all fire prevention equipment - including fire doors - have been correctly specified and are regularly maintained.


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