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Fire Escape doors with a lock.
#1
Morning, 

Can anyone tell me the law regarding doors on a fire exit route please.
We have doors that leave the building to go outside. These doors can be locked, some with a mortice lock and others with a padlock.
The procedure is that these doors are unlocked when the building is opened on a monday morning and locked on a friday evening when the building is closed. The company runs 24 hours monday - friday.
The failsafe is that all the doors have a Break Glass Box (with hammer) next to them with the key to unlock that specific door.

Is this ok? 

Thanks very much.
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#2
(12-03-2020, 08:32 AM)WChris12345 Wrote: Morning, 

Can anyone tell me the law regarding doors on a fire exit route please.
We have doors that leave the building to go outside. These doors can be locked, some with a mortice lock and others with a padlock.
The procedure is that these doors are unlocked when the building is opened on a monday morning and locked on a friday evening when the building is closed. The company runs 24 hours monday - friday.
The failsafe is that all the doors have a Break Glass Box (with hammer) next to them with the key to unlock that specific door.

Is this ok? 

Thanks very much.

Not 100% but doesn’t sound right especially as it would be a multiple action to unlock and open doors
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#3
Basically no

Escape Standards require a single action to get out of the Building - this over rules the security of the building as safety take priority.

If you want a complaint security solution that can be controlled by access control systems then look at Abloy EL560

If you dont need access control then fit an ASSA or similar lock that always opens from the inside but locks when the door shuts and you need a key to get back in.
All posts are of my own opinion and knowledge and do not reflect the views of the Company I work for.
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#4
That used to be OK under the old legislation dating back to the early 60's - but not anymore. The famous multi fatality fires at Woolworths, Summerland and the Rose & Crown hotel all had bodies next to exit doors that required a key to be removed from a glass fronted box to unlock the door.

I'm guessing the Fire Risk Assessment is an in house job or not done at all?
Anthony Buck
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