The importance of maintaining personnel doors

April 27 2022

For industrial doors in use for the protection of people and assets, regular maintenance is a top priority. Doors are one of the most frequently used structures on commercial premises, and thorough maintenance ensures that they’re working at the optimal level, avoiding more costly repairs down the line. 

But regular maintenance isn’t just important because of the cost implications. 

Regular checks can increase the lifespan of a door and using qualified engineers will ensure you’re properly advised on how to take care of your door in between these checks. If a door is well maintained, it also becomes less likely that it will cause damage and injury, or seriously deteriorate. 

There are several regulations in place that dictate how doors are maintained and the records that need to be kept on their safety and performance. For the benefit of our existing and prospective clients, we run through these regulations below to highlight the importance of taking out a comprehensive maintenance package for your personnel doors. 

To ensure their safe and trouble-free operation, doors need to be maintained as a requirement of the following regulations:

Regulation 5 of the Workplace (Health, Safety & Welfare) Regulations 1992 

Regulation 6 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 

Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 

Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008 

These regulations make it a legal requirement for organisations to have a maintenance schedule in place for their personnel doors and neglecting to do so could lead to complications down the line, as well as putting staff and other site visitors at risk. 

It’s mandatory for maintenance records to be kept for each individual door, with respect to their safe condition and operation, under the European Directive 13241-1, which covers the safety and performance of doors, gates and barriers located in areas in reach of personnel. 

Users of newly installed machinery must also carry out a risk assessment of machinery in the workplace, covering its operational use, setting up and maintenance of the machinery, in accordance with the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER). 

At Rhino Site Systems, we offer a maintenance schedule which is carried out by our specially trained engineers, ensuring appropriate records are kept in compliance with all of the above regulations cited. Minor adjustments are made, where required, and a full report is given on completion. 

If you’d like to find out about the maintenance packages we offer, or any of our other services, get in touch today.


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