Industrial Roller Shutter Safety Guidelines 101

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Roller shutters have become an essential part of securing premises, in many parts of the UK.

Farms, shops, offices and industrial buildings all use them to secure the premises, provide insulation and help increase energy efficiency.

However, not everybody knows the roller shutter safety guidelines.

As useful as they are, these doors have also been responsible for many deaths and injuries, usually from collapsing on people or dragging them if a piece of clothing gets entangled.

As an employer of labour, you must adhere to health and safety legislation to protect your staff and members of the public from harm. These days, most of these doors are electrical and are thus classified as machinery. This means they must comply with the HSE’s Supply of Machinery Regulation.

Not sure if your doors comply? Follow along with this guide and check off what applies to you.

The first step to finding out if your doors comply with the HSE requirement is to find out if it has been manufactured in accordance with BS EN 12453:2001. This is an European standard that relates specifically to electrically powered doors.

A major cause of death in relation to roller doors is due to a lack of safety devices. Your next check should be to see if your door has any of these basic safety devices:

In the Motor Device.

Ideally, the motor controlling the door should have in-built safety devices, which can limit the force of the door as it opens or closes, reducing the risk of injury from possible impact. This is maybe in form of a surge protector, which causes the door to quickly reverse its direction if its movement is impaired in any way.

Dead Man Switch.

Basically, this is a rocker switch placed in full view of the door being controlled. To use this, the switch must be held down constantly for the door to operate. This also guarantees that the operator is in control and responsible for its operation.

Safety Brake.

This device stops the roller door form dropping suddenly, in the event of any mechanical or electrical failure. Safety Brakes or Anti-fall back devices are necessary to comply with European regulations.

CE Marking.

In keeping within the law, the doors must be CE marked. This applies to the initial purchase and also if any modification is carried out. Alterations that require a CE marking include:

  • Addition of safety devices.
  • Increasing the voltage of the motors.
  • Addition of control systems.

If the following modifications are made, a like for like replacement of the motor or replacing a door leaf, the CE Marking doesn’t need to be changed.

Comply with Regulations.

The following legislations are relevant when assessing legal responsibilities in regard to planned maintenance of industrial and commercial doors.

  • Regulation 18 of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992.
  • Regulation 5 of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992.
  • Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
  • BS EN 12635:2002 – Industrial, Commercial and Garage Doors and Gates – Installation and Use.

Knowing all the relevant laws that govern the fitting and use of roller shutters comes to nought if basic maintenance is neglected. To ensure that these doors function for a long time, it is important that there is ongoing maintenance. Full servicing by a competent engineer, every six months, is advised. Regular inspections can help identify signs of wear and tear, and help prolong the life of your doors.

For the best roller shutter door deals in the Manchester area, contact SRL Limited today. Our team will help you through the process of choosing a door and ensure that you know the roller shutter safety guidelines.

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  • James R Hoggett says:

    Do residential garage door come under the regulations, with regards to the cover fitted inside to cover the door and motor?

  • Mr broom says:

    Does a window shutter also require a brake by law, or is it just doors

  • Steve says:

    If the manual over ride is not working on a tubular motor are you to replace it for new. It’s on a 4m hight x 3.5m wide shutter.

  • Alan Dolby says:

    When talking about regs it appears to me that the 1992 Regs have been superseded by 1998 PUWER, We have a manual operated counterbalance door ( some 36 years old) 4.5 by 3.5) should this have some secondary braking sustem.

  • Andrew timms says:

    We have manual counterbalance roller shutter doors, when you release the chain to open the door the door will only open roughly 1 Mtr and when closing the door will only drop down the same amount.
    Do these need replacing with a motor and braking system or are do they still meet the safety requirements?

  • Chris Wall says:

    Is it a legal requirement to retro fit safety devices if roller shutter was manufactured and installed prior prior to the changes?

  • kingsley reed says:

    Is it a legal requirement to retro fit safety devices if roller shutter was manufactured and installed prior prior to the changes? as under grandfather rights you only need to install as when new and to the current standard.

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