Dismantling a roller shutter requires expert skill and will soon show that it is a multipart mechanism. The array of these parts is important and must be kept in good working condition in order to deliver a secure commercial solution for business premises.
Clients will want a reliable service from their security products and for it to last a long time. To ensure that this happens, we provide roller shutter maintenance and repair to domestic and industrial structures. All our work complies with regulated rules and standards.
Is There A Need To Regulate Maintenance?
With businesses opening almost every day, it is expected for roller shutters to be in daily use. With such regular use the possibility of a mechanical part breaking down eventually is quite high and will need replacing at scheduled intervals to prevent a disaster. Shutter accidents can be dangerous as they are heavy and have sharp corners.
Scheduled maintenance contains the key element in checking for potential issues and ensuring all mechanisms work as they should. It provides the opportunity to replace items that are near to end of life which will avoid breakdown in vital components in a business or domestic environment. With a high regard to potentially preventing a major catastrophe it is amenable to regulate maintenance to protect employees and the public.
Workplace Regulations 1992 (Health Safety and Welfare)
In rule 5 of the Workplace Regulations 1992 there is a reference to a need for powered roller shutters (doors) to be maintained competently and have a systematic course of upkeep. For apparatus that is potentially dangerous, the regulation is clear that they must be ‘checked at regular intervals, as appropriate, by inspection, testing, adjustment, lubrication, repair and cleaning’.
The regular checks are recommended to be carried out at least once a year, but it does depend on the type of shutters or doors that is installed. Often, manufacturers will provide their own guidelines to maintain their products. We can check this for you when you provide us with the item’s details including the make and model.
People are always advised to take action immediately when they recognise a hazardous fault which may harm life. This means calling out experts to rectify any problems in a safe and approved manner. (We have an emergency 24 hours service for such events.) An issue with one part can trigger fault in safety devices which can become dangerous with continued use. It is better to remove power supply where possible and get repairs authorised straight away. Do not use the electrically operated doors and roller shutters until it has been sorted and tested by a qualified expert engineer.
For minor faults that are not serious with the shutters secured in place, you can arrange for repairs at a more suitable time. However, a running business will not benefit from a broken security product as it will put their trade at risk. So, whether you have a broken access panel or a jammed mechanism, it is advisable to get a professional called in to put things right.
Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)
Do you have or operate a powered door or electrically operated roller shutters? Under the PUWER regulations you are accountable to “ensure work equipment does not deteriorate to the extent that it may put people at risk”.
Similarly to the Workplace Regulations 1992, PUWER expect power-driven doors to be maintained to a reasonable standard for efficient operation. The person in charge has a duty to plan for regular inspections of roller shutters according to recommendations and to keep a record of maintenance tasks where necessary. It is essential to include details of when, where, who and what work was carried out.
In summary, looking forward to safe use and long-life of shutter operations will be foreseeable where a maintenance schedule is implemented in the workplace which also satisfy legal requirements. There is a stress towards instructing professionals to maintain, repair and test these electrically operated machineries competently due to the complex nature of assembled parts.
We at Provectus Doors have a team of roller shutter engineers to maintain and repair your domestic or commercial setup according to industry protocols. Use our 24 hour emergency service if required for a quick turnaround to keep your business running smoothly. If you have any further queries, call our friendly expert advisers to discuss whatever your issue involves.