Roller Shutter Safety Regulations
Understanding Roller Shutter Safety
In order to comply with UK Roller Shutter Safety Regulations, it is important you understand your machinery. It is extremely complex, so you must keep it in a good working condition in order for it to function properly. This is also imperative to a prologued product life and a cost-effective solution for your business. With this in mind, you must understand and comply with the Roller Shutter Safety Regulations surrounding maintenance and servicing. Furthermore, if you require Roller Shutter Repairs, you must ensure these are completed as soon as you notice a defect.
Why are Roller Shutter Safety Regulations a Requirement?
These strict regulations are necessary because Roller Shutters are classed as machinery. This means that they, like any other device, are prone to failure over time. This is a particular issue for those in regular or excessive use at shop premises, for example. Roller Shutters can be dangerous accidents can be quite common both whether at home or at the workplace. Therefore, tight regulations are in place to reduce the risk of this occurring as much as possible. A major part of these reduction and prevention measures are focused on maintenance. Looking after your Roller Shutter – and checking to see that it operates as it should at scheduled intervals – is key to identifying any potential problems and avoiding risk.
Fault Response Regulations
You should attend to any Roller Shutter faults as soon as they occur. You should, of course, have safety devices for limitation or obstruction detection in place. These may, however, fail, which can render the roller shutter a severe hazard anyone near or working with them. In the event of an emergency, the fault should be identified, the door disconnected and repair work completed as quickly as possible. You should absolutely not use your Roller Shutters until a technician has completed their fault analysis and made the necessary repairs. They should then test the door to make sure that is safe, reliable and fit for use again.
Sometimes, a fault occurs which does not pose a serious safety threat. It may, however, impede the functioning of the door. The fault could be a damaged control switch, for example. In this instance, you may simply take the door out of use and arrange an inspection and repairs visit. In industrial or commercial environments, however, any fault should be rectified as soon as possible. Even if it is not immediately dangerous, you are best ensuring that the issue is fixed in a timely manner. Your business can then return to normality as quickly as possible.
Your Roller Shutters in Compliance with Regulation 5 of the Workplace (Health Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992
Under this regulation, any powered doors and shutters should be “maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair”. They should also be “subject to a suitable system of maintenance”.
It is important to take a deep dive into the Roller Shutter Safety Regulations under this act. It is further stated that equipment that has the potential to be dangerous should be, “checked at regular intervals, as appropriate, by inspection, testing, adjustment, lubrication, repair and cleaning.”
The government advice does not specify what the frequency of these checks should be. They decide, rather, depending on the machine in question, frequency of use, its location and according to the manufacturer’s guidelines. When purchasing your Roller Shutter, you should seek advice from your suppliers on a suitable maintenance schedule. This, as with many other aspects, should be specific to your business.
For further information on how this could affect your business, please visit the Government Legislation Website.
Your Roller Shutters in Compliance with Regulation 5 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)
PUWER is focused on the responsibilities of employers, owners and operators of powered doors. These regulations are designed to “ensure work equipment does not deteriorate to the extent that it may put people at risk”.
As with the previous regulation, PUWER decrees that powered doors are “maintained in an efficient state, in efficient order and in good repair”. It is the responsibility of the individual in charge to ensure that all Roller Shutters on the premises are regularly inspected. They should follow the manufacturer’s guidelines when doing so and act more regularly if needed.
Furthermore, PUWER states that a maintenance log may be required. If so, it is down to you, as a business, to ensure it is kept up to date.
you should keep a log book in which you record all maintenance inspections and work carried out. Work includes:
- Time and date of inspection/maintenance
- Nature of the fault
- Details of any work carried out
- Results of inspection
- Details of additions/replacements/upgrades made to the door
- Signature and information of the individual responsible for carrying out the inspection/repair.
It is imperative that you make sure you understand all the regulations associated with Roller Shutters. In order to do this, you should discuss your responsibilities with your supplier both before and after they are installed.
As mentioned above, a maintenance schedule is vital to ensure prolonged Shutter life, as well as employee and client safety. Any maintenance or repairs should only be carried out by a qualified technician. Then, the Shutter should not be used again until it has been verified for use again.
For further information on how this could affect your business, please visit the Government HSE Website.
Contact us at Majestic
Here at Majestic Shop Fronts, we provide a comprehensive 24 Hour Roller Shutter Repairs service. With this, we ensure that your Shutters are in perfect working condition and that they comply with industry regulations. For further information on all of our services, please do contact us today.