Which countries require LST radiators by law?

  • 17 Jun 2019

LST radiators are an invaluable and very safe method of heating a space. Here, Contour discusses which countries require the use of low surface temperature heating solutions in particular areas.

The UK & Ireland

The UK Government lays out the legal requirements for LST radiators and heating solutions across multiple sectors to ensure health and safety standards are consistently maintained.

LST radiators are required in schools, hospitals, residential care homes, doctor’s surgeries and disabled bathroom as a matter of protection to vulnerable people in those spaces.

The Health And Safety Executive makes recommendations for the design of healthcare facilities, stating: “many [traditional] radiators and associated pipework are likely to operate at temperatures which may present a burn risk”.

The UK’s Care Quality Commission requires heating controls on LST radiators to be external to the room in mental health spaces. UK schools must have a working classroom temperature of 18°C within one hour of pupils entering the premises, otherwise, they can be sent home.

LST radiators in the education space are advised not to exceed 43°C. Above this temperature there is an increased risk of scalds and burns should a pupil fall against the radiator . The aim of the UK legislation is to eliminate this risk by providing a safer heating solution.

Europe And Beyond

The European Union does not specify low surface temperatures as part of the safety requirements in its discussions of heating and ventilation. However, it does require a higher level of energy efficiency from any heating product including electric heaters, radiators and LST radiators.

In the US, LST radiators are required to be fully maintained and operational at all times, as they are in the UK, but are not a specified requirement in certain spaces.

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