Health and Safety of Industrial Doors - Your Responsibilities

Health and Safety of Industrial Doors can confuse some customers, but the law is very clear.

An Industrial Door is classed as a Machine; as a result it comes under The Machinery Directive.  Indeed, just like a car, it must be serviced or have an MOT every year.

 

Failure to have a door serviced could lead to door failure and potential harm to persons operating it; consequently this could then lead to prosecution.

Applicable Legislation in England, Scotland and Wales 

Regulations 5 and 18 of the Workplace (Health, Safety & Welfare) Regulations 1992.  These Regulations require that doors, gates and barriers at workplaces are safe and subject to a system of maintenance.

Additionally, Section 3 of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 requires that employers and the self-employed, as part of their work, ensure that systems in their care are safe (e.g. landlords, workplace managers, owners, managing agents, facilities managers and maintenance contractors).

Applicable Legislation in Northern Ireland

Regulations 5 and 18 of the Workplace (Health, Safety & Welfare) Regulations 1993 require that doors, gates and barriers at workplaces are safe and subject to a system of maintenance.

Article 5 of the Health & Safety at Work Order 1978 requires that employers and the self-employed, as part of their work, ensure that systems in their care are safe.

Applicable Legislation in the Republic of Ireland

If the premises are a workplace, there are specific duties to maintain the system in a safe condition under Safety, Health & Welfare (General Applications) Regulations 2007.

If the system is controlled by a person engaged in a trade, business or other undertaking, then that person will have duties under the Safety, Health & Welfare at Work Act 2005.  Landlords of rented houses will additionally have duties under the Housing Regulations 2008.

Under the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act 1997, a charge of reckless endangerment may be considered in appropriate cases.

Service Agreements

The Law is clear; therefore, to help our customers stay within it, we offer a Service Agreement Facility.

This entitles the holder to discounts off servicing and repairs.  In addition we will send reminders when a service is due.  Click on the link below to learn more; alternatively call us for further information.


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