The health and safety responsibilities of industrial premises

If you manage or own and industrial company, whether it’s a warehouse, factory, depot or anything inbetween, you probably already know about the importance of health and safety. After all, it’s your legal responsibility to keep your staff members safe, as well as any members of the public nearby. Furthermore, any health and safety incidents can damage your company’s reputation end ultimately your bottom line.

In this post, we will go over some of the basic things you should consider when thinking about health and safety in your industrial premises.

Fire exits

One of the biggest health and safety issues is fire. This is for good reason since fire it’s not only a threat to your stock and premises, but it’s also a threat to the lives of the people in your building as well.

For this reason, fire exits should be properly signposted so that people can see where the exits are in the event of a fire. It’s also important to make sure that your fire exits aren’t blocked, by crates or tools for example. A blocked fire exit can slow people down when they’re trying to leave the building, and can even be the difference between life and death.

Make sure to check your fire exits regularly so that people can use them in the event of a fire.

Other fire precautions

Fire exits are just one type of precaution that you’ll need against fires. Another precaution is fire extinguishers. You should have plenty of fire extinguishers placed regularly around your premises so that people can find them easily.

It’s also a good idea to do fire drills every once in a while so that your staff don’t panic in the event of a real fire.

If a fire does break out, then a good way to contain it is with fire doors. Here at Norton industrial doors, we sell and install a range of fire doors. Check out our webpage to find out more.

Staff training

All staff should be properly trained in what to do in the event of a health and safety issue. This could mean filling in the details in an accident logbook for example. This way, all instances are recorded, which can help for legal purposes.

Staff should also receive training in manual handling and working at height if these situations apply to them.

Furthermore, if you have heavy industrial doors on your premises, then staff should be fully trained on how to use them safely.

Doors and windows

Another thing to think about is your doors and windows. It’s a good idea to use industrial doors in settings such as warehouses, as these are built to withstand many kinds of safety threats.

However, if you do have industrial doors, do get them periodically checked to ensure they still comply with legal obligations.


In this post, we have briefly touched on some of the health and safety issues affecting industrial companies. If you would like to know about how Norton Industrial Doors can help your company to comply with health and safety regulations, then just give us a call!