The Importance of Roller Shutter Legislation Compliance

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Due to the health and safety risks posed by industrial and domestic garage doors, it’s paramount that companies and individuals abide to relevant health and safety regulations. At UK Roller Shutters, mitigating these risks and ensuring the health and safety of roller shutter users is our number one priority.

It is essential that a regular maintenance programme is in place and adhered to for all industrial doors and shutters to avoid serious injury and accidents. You can risk facing prosecution under the Health and Safety at Work 1974 for failing to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of your employees, visitors, passers-by, customers and even trespassers.

The laws relating to roller shutter applies to two groups:

Those with legal responsibilities relating to industrial and domestic garage door and repair, maintenance and modification of existing systems can be categorised into two groups. These are:

  1. Maintenance Contractors – this includes any company or person maintaining, repairing or modifying existing door systems.
  2. System Managers – this includes owners, workplace managers, landlords, managing agents and facilities managers.

To help you to understand which legislation applies to you, you can take a look at our handy Roller Shutter Legislation guide that we’ve just released. The guide covers specific legislation relating to the repair, maintenance and modification of existing door systems.

In the guide, you will find specific requirements for England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and The Republic of Ireland as there are certain legislation regulations that only apply to specific locations.

If you don’t comply with the regulations that apply, you may be at risk of breaking the law. By abiding with the legislation you will:

Keep Users Safe

Ensure that anyone using your shutters won’t be at risk of injury due to faulty breaks, poor electrics or a jammed shutter.

Avoid Unexpected Repair Costs

By ensuring you stay on the right side of the law and booking in for regular servicing will ensure that your shutter is maintained to a high standard. This will help to identify any faults early on and therefore help to avoid expensive one-off repairs or full shutter replacement if your shutter function fails to work.

Provide a Safe Environment for your Customers and Employees

Ensure that accidents will be prevented and you can rest assured that anyone that enters your premises or passes under the shutter will not be at risk of injury.

Keep your Shutter Regulary Serviced

Ensure your shutter is serviced so it works as efficiently as possible and the wear and tear of your shutter is regulated so that problems can be caught without sudden failure resulting in loss of income due to limited access.

Allow Fault Identification Before They Get Worse

By identifying faults early they can be caught and repaired before they deteriorate, saving you significant repair costs and money in the long run.

Extend the Life of your Shutters

The life of your shutters is guaranteed to be longer if you ensure your shutter is serviced regularly. Health and safety laws will tell you that if your shutter is in a place that public pass though, then you must have your shutter serviced at least once a year. By doing this you will ensure that your shutter is kept healthy and regular check-ups will diagnose any problems or potential issues that may occur.

By downloading our roller shutter legislation guide, you’ll be able to understand which laws you need to keep an eye on to ensure you and your shutters are in line with regulations.

For any further information regarding regulations, safety or roller shutters in general give us a call on 01384 221743 or pop us an email

For more information about our roller shutters, get in touch by calling 01384 221743. You can also contact us online.