It is essential that the door operation remains functional in accordance with the operating instructions. To ensure this happens a documented maintenance regime shall be established and maintained by the employer in accordance with regulation 5 of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992.
FAILURE TO DO SO MAY RESULT IN PROSECUTION IN THE EVENT OF AN ACCIDENT.
Regulation 5 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)
Extract A: “Every employer shall ensure that work equipment is maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair.”
Extract B: “Every employer shall ensure that where any machinery has a maintenance log, the log is kept up to date.”
This applies to all power operated doors.
Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
Extract: “Where necessary in order to safeguard the safety of relevant persons the responsible person must ensure that the premises and any facilities, equipment and devices provided are subject to a suitable system of maintenance and are maintained in an efficient state and in efficient working order and in good repair.”
This applies to any door provided as a fire exit, along an escape route or which provides fire containment. In order to satisfy the above regulations it is important that you can demonstrate:
That regular maintenance is carried out at suitable intervals
That potentially dangerous defects are remedied in a timely fashion