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Legal Requirements

There are a range of important legal and safety requirements relating to industrial door installations it’s important to have a clear overview of, and we can fully advise on your responsibilities.

Part of our survey and consultation, and also part of our planned maintenance service, is helping provide our customers with sound advice; not just on the general care of industrial doors but also on legal regulations and safety requirements. Failing doors, poor operation and inadequate safety measures have lead to some serious crushing incidents in the past in the UK and internationally, so legislation is strongly enforced and subject to fines and even custodial prison sentences.

Some of the key legislation to consider when operating commercial doors at any kind of facility across London and Kent includes;

HSE Regulation 18

Health and Safety Executive guidance asserts the importance of ensuring all doors and shutters are regularly inspected and maintained.

Workplace Health, Safety and Welfare Regulations 1992

Notes that a range of equipment, including industrial doors whether manually, powered or automated, are subject to a regular schedule of maintenance.

PUWER Regulation 5

Applying to powered and automated electrical door installations, the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 insists that employers have a responsibility to ensure work equipment such as commercial door installations are in an efficient state, efficient working order and good repair, further noting the need for a maintenance log to be kept and always up to date.

Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005

This identifies the responsibility of employers or property owners to ensure that all aspects of a premises, including shutters, doors and automated opening systems, be subject to suitable maintenance and kept in good repair. This primarily applies to any door which could be utilised as a fire exit or escape route providing fire containment; our fire shutter door installations are a classic example. The burden of proof is to be able to demonstrate that regular maintenance is carried out, dangerous defects are repaired in timely fashion and records are kept documenting this maintenance and repair schedule, typically a log book.

BS EN 12635:2002

This standard applies directly to industrial, commercial and garage doors and gates and their installation and operation. Supporting standard BS EN 13241-1:2003 (the product standard for industrial roller and garage doors), this describes guidance on documentation, installation, labelling, operation, maintenance and repairs including a requirement for log books to be kept for all power operated doors.

Log book requirements

A critical document for meeting many of these standards, and to provide a paper trail of meeting them, is a log book. BS EN 12635 outlines the key features a log book should include;

  • Name and contact details of manufacturer
  • Unique identification number
  • Door location reference
  • Name and contact details of installer
  • Installation date
  • Results of installation testing
  • Identification of power unit
  • Identification of safety devices
  • The results

The log book should also include clear instructions on door operation and have space available to record details of all maintenance and repair visits, any work being done, changes or upgrades to the door or opening system and all be signed off and dated by the relevant responsible person in each instance.

You will notice just how critical a schedule of planned door maintenance is to all of these notes of legislation and guidance; having expert eyes regularly check over and ensure the door is operating correctly is your greatest protection against breakdowns and serious accidents. Our preventative maintenance contracts are bespoke built around your requirements and delivered by our own expert team; contact us for more details on servicing throughout London, Kent and Sussex.