In 2010, 1,970 people were injured in public buildings by a radiator or hot pipework.
Due to both their age and vulnerability, it is young children and the elderly who are most at risk due to being unable to react quickly or appropriately enough if they come into contact with a hot surface.
We’ve put together a simple guide answering FAQs regarding radiator regulations in public buildings.
Are Radiator Guards a Legal Requirement in a Public Building?
According to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), where assessment identifies that vulnerable people could come into prolonged contact – such equipment should be designed or covered so that the minimum accessible surface temperature does not exceed 43°C.
The legislation that applies is:
- Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (HSWA), section 3;
- Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (MHSWR), regulation 3;
- Provision of Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER).
How Do I Know if my Radiator is a risk?
Most standard steel panel radiators can reach a surface temperature of 75°C – hot enough to cause serious burns within seconds.
It’s worth noting that most older radiators in public buildings such as churches are cast iron – which notably reach high surface temperatures and take longer to cool down upon turning off.
Do I need Radiator Covers on all my radiators?
It is important to assess the individual placement of each radiator around your building. Important things to consider are:
- Location – Is the radiator located somewhere where the public will frequent? E.g. Church Hall, Narthex or Vestibule, Nave or aisles.
- Placement of Radiators – Is the radiator situated near furniture which could cause a vulnerable person to become trapped or prevent them from moving away easily in the case of a fall?
Will Radiator Covers affect the heating efficiency of the radiator?
A properly designed radiator cover should not affect the heat flow of the room. Mesh radiator covers will prevent surface burns whilst still allowing the radiators to heat up the room efficiently.
What are the benefits of Radiator Guard by Cardea?
- Mesh wire design to allow for free heat flow and to prevent heat loss.
- Conforms to HSE Guidelines.
- A specially-coated design which remains unaffected by heat, making them safe to touch.
- Custom design to allow for access to valves and boards.
- Hook-on, hook-off design for easy removal for maintenance and cleaning.
- A range of colours available to match your decor.
If you would like to find out more about Radiator Guard by Cardea, please speak to our team of specialists on 0161 413 0766 or send us an email.