5 Top Tips for Fire Exit Regulations in the Workplace

Current legislation, The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, sets out requirements in non-domestic premises for a minimum fire safety standard to be adhered to. Introduced in October 2006, it’s the consolidation of 70 pieces of pre-existing legislation and states the requirement of a ‘Responsible Person’ in the workplace who has a duty to ensure satisfactory general fire precautions are in place along with completing a fire risk assessment.

If you are the ‘Responsible Person’ for your workplace, you will know how important it is to take workplace fire safety seriously. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 states that the responsible person is required to:

(1) Carry out a fire risk assessment of the premises and review it regularly
(2) Tell staff or their representatives about the risks you’ve identified
(3) Put in place, and maintain, appropriate fire safety measures
(4) Plan for an emergency
(5) Provide staff information, fire safety instruction and training

According to the Health and Safety Executive, in 2017/2018 there were 3 workplace fatalities as a result of ‘Exposure to Fire’. Thankfully incidents such as these are rare, but the importance of Fire Safety in the workplace cannot be underestimated.

Fire Escape in the Workplace

One element of Fire Safety in the workplace is to ensure sufficient provision of fire escape routes, including fire escape doors. In order to safeguard persons in the workplace, the following guidance has been set out and must be adhered to as defined on legislation.gov.uk:

(a) emergency routes and exits must lead as directly as possible to a place of safety
(b) in the event of danger, it must be possible for persons to evacuate the premises as quickly and as safely as possible
(c) the number, distribution and dimensions of emergency routes and exits must be adequate having regard to the use, equipment and dimensions of the premises and the maximum number of persons who may be present there at any one time
(d) emergency doors must open in the direction of escape
(e) sliding or revolving doors must not be used for exits specifically intended as emergency exits
(f) emergency doors must not be so locked or fastened that they cannot be easily and immediately opened by any person who may require to use them in an emergency
(g) emergency routes and exits must be indicated by signs
(h) emergency routes and exits requiring illumination must be provided with emergency lighting of adequate intensity in the case of failure of their normal lighting

Fire Exit Doors

Ensuring the provision of appropriate and sufficient Fire Escape Doors is an essential element of a Fire Risk Assessment. Here at Latham’s we stock a variety of Emergency Exit Doors, all of which are compliant with regulations and building control. These include:

Standard Duty Fire Exit Door: An ideal option for satisfying building regs if you’re on a budget. Available from just £199.99+VAT, it comes fitted with the Exidor 296 panic push bar.

Double Fire Exit Door: This door is available as a double or leaf and a half, and will suit openings sized from 1295mm to 1995mm wide. This door comes pre-installed with the Exidor 285a Single Point push bar on the active door, and the Exidor 294a 2 point push bar with adjustable shoot bolts on the passive door.

Security Fire Exit Door: Our Security Fire Exit door boasts a thicker gauge steel (nearly twice as thick) than the Standard Duty Fire Exit Door, a higher security 2 point Exidor panic bar and has a larger range of sizes than the standard fire exit door.

Fire Exit Door Accessories

Outside Access Devices (OAD)Image of Exidor 294 push bar fitted to security fire exit door

The main purpose of a fire exit is for easy escape out of a building in case of an emergency. Sometimes though external access is also required, and, in that instance, the door can be fitted with an outside access device (OAD).  We are very proud to supply Exidor OADs for all of our doors based on their robust and reliable performance, and have a variety of styles including lever, knob and code lock operated devices.

Panic Bars

Unsurprisingly, all of our emergency exit doors are fitted with Exidor Panic Bars again, due to their superior construction and reliability. If you’re looking to purchase replacement parts or alternative panic furniture such as a push pad version, we also stock a variety of these available to purchase online.

Fire Escape Signage

Legislation states that a fire exit must be clearly marked and kept free of obstructions. All of our emergency escape doors are supplied with the relevant signage required including ‘Push bar to open’ and ‘Fire Exit Keep Clear’ stickers. We also supply these as add on items should you need to purchase them individually.

5 Top Tips for Fire Exit Regulations

Poor safety practices with fire exit doors can have catastrophic consequences should the worst happen. The following are Latham’s Top Tips for ensuring your emergency exit door is functioning appropriately though we would always recommend you consult the relevant authority should you have any queries or concerns:

  1. Ensure doors are checked regularly to report and action any issues that may arise which impacts the functioning of the door
  2. Make sure there are no obstructions blocking the fire escape
  3. Ensure your door has the relevant signage required and is clearly sited on the door. If you plan on painting your fire escape/door, make sure you use fire-retardant paint.
  4. Ensure your fire door opens in the correct direction to allow for quick and easy escape during an emergency.
  5. Ensure that your fire exit doors can be easily accessed and opened by anyone in the building, and have a robust procedure to cater for those who are less mobile in the case of an emergency.

For any further information regarding any of our steel security fire exit doors contact us 

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