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Davidfilce  
#1 Posted : 14 November 2023 15:07:35(UTC)
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Davidfilce

Hi

The RRO states "emergency doors must open in the direction of escape", emphasis on the word "must".

However, various fire-related companies suggest that there are reasons why inward opening exits are permissable such as few people using them, opening out onto a walkway and similar.

However, there is nothing in the RRO that allows for any deviation from that "must". Is there something in the RRO I have missed?

Regards

Elfin_Safety  
#2 Posted : 14 November 2023 15:56:58(UTC)
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Elfin_Safety

The 'must' is qualified in the first part of that paragraph, which states 'where necessary...in order to safeguard the safety of relevant persons'

Building Regs Approved Document B gives further guidance:


5.11 The door of any doorway or exit should be hung to open in the direction of escape whenever reasonably practicable. It should always be hung to open in the direction of escape if either of the following conditions applies.
a. More than 60 people might be expected to use it during a fire.
b. There is a very high risk of fire with potential for rapid fire growth, such as with some industrial activities.

thanks 1 user thanked Elfin_Safety for this useful post.
peter gotch on 15/11/2023(UTC)
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