In order to secure business premises, many building owners and architects choose to select roller shutter doors as a cost effective and user friendly means of securing the contents of the building against theft.
However, in order to ensure your workplace remains a safe place to be for both employees and visitors, it is a legal requirement that such types of roller door comply with the required legislation and are maintained on a regular basis to ensure they remain compliant with safety legislation. Failure to carry out regular inspections and carry out proper maintenance on heavy doors will leave employers liable should an accident or injury ever occur.
According to a survey completed by the Door Hardware Federation, the number one cause of accidents relating to roller doors is as a result of a person coming into contact with a moving door, the door not stopping and as a result causing crush injuries. This can be attributed to the fact that many roller doors are fitted with inadequate or in some cases no safety features to prevent someone becoming entrapped in under the door.
Whilst many people are not even aware of the requirements, all electrically operated industrial or commercial roller shutter doors and domestic roller garage doors must comply with the “Supply of Machinery Regulations 1992”. This is because the motor is classed as a machine due to the force it uses to move the door open and closed.
In order to meet this piece of legislation, it is important that all newly fitted roller doors are manufactured to meet the standards set out in BSEN 12453:2001. In this document, one of the main areas of concern is how an automatic door is operated by the user. For example, it is a requirement that unless there are safety devices fitted to the door to stop it should it come into contact with someone, then it must only be fitted with a hold to run switch that has a clear line of sight of the entire area of the door during its operation. This ways the user is able to stop the door should someone put themselves in danger when the door is moving.
Unlike domestic roller garage doors that are supplied with fully compliant safety features that stop the door on contact with a person or object as standard, many building owners choose to cut costs and place little emphasis on safety and install dangerous doors resulting in accidents. As such should you ever see doors of this nature in your workplace it is strongly advised they are reported immediately.
Taking proper safety precautions is vital to ensure employers are not liable should an accident occur. Remember it is the responsibility of the employer and not the building owner carriers this out so if this applies to your business be sure to your door complies with the above legislation.
How to Remain Compliant
In addition to the “Supply Of Machinery Regulations 1992” employers face a raft of other legal requirements in terms of health and safety.
As such, the easiest way to comply is to take out a maintenance contract with a specialist company. Upon taking out the contract, the company will inspect the doors, make recommendations and carry out repairs to the required standard. From there, it will simply be a case of the company coming and inspecting the door at approx 6-12 month intervals (depending upon the frequency of use) to check the door is still in safe working order.
This way should an accident ever occur, you can have documentary evidence that will demonstrate steps have been taken to keep the working environment safe.
About the Author
This article has been written by Dan from www.rollergaragedoorsale.co.uk, a specialist in the supply of fully compliant garage doors fitted with the latest safety features.
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