What regulations affect the use of fire doors?
In the case of new buildings, or those which include alterations, extensions or change of use, the appropriate Building Regulations for fire doors, specifically Approved Document B: 2006, apply.
Existing buildings, other than domestic properties, are governed by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order: 2005 . This RRO applies to all buildings other than domestic housing, and replaces 118 pieces of previous fire legislation, including the old Fire Certificate. Since the RRO came in, there is a legal requirement that fire doors are "subject to a suitable system of maintenance and are maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair". Be aware, the law now shifts responsibility from the Fire Authorities for fire safety to whoever has day-to-day control of premises, a "Responsible Person" which could be you. The so-called responsible person could be the owner, manager, site manager, or someone who oversees the fire safety and risk management of the building. Under the RRO, the responsible person must carry out a fire safety risk assessment and implement and maintain a fire management plan. The law applies to you if you are:
Regulation 38 of the Building Regulations forms the link between the Building Regs and the RRO; it ensures that any work done is documented, itemised, and this fire safety information is formally handed over from the contractor to the Responsible Person once a project has been completed.
Fire doors play a major role in the fire safety and protection of ALL buildings covered by the RRO and it is important that fire doors are inspected correctly and maintained to ensure compliance with these regulations. Failure to do so can place property and lives at risk and is likely to result in criminal prosecution, resulting in building closures, heavy fines or even imprisonment.
The Workplace (Health, Safety And Welfare) Regulations 1992 also requires that fire doors have a suitable programme and system of maintenance .
It may seem a daunting task when trying to fall in line with legislation, but to ensure you're able to meet full compliance, the team at North West Fire Doors can help you on that path and offer a complete solution. For more information or guidance on fire safety laws and regulations, contact us and we will be more than happy to advise you on your requirements.
To speak to one of our team for more information, or advice on anything related to fire doors in the North West contact North West Fire Doors now on 01925 577 177 where a member of our office based team will direct your call to the most appropriate specialist.