Automatic doors are a popular alternative to conventional doors in business establishments for a number of reasons. Having automatic doors makes for better user experience and addresses the unique needs of disabled visitors and those carrying heavy bags. In addition, they are huge energy savers in buildings that run HVAC, since the doors are kept closed and only opened for incoming customers.
However, just like any other motor-driven machine, there are inherent dangers with the operation of automatic doors. It's important for business/building owners to be informed about these dangers so that they can take steps to eliminate or mitigate risk factors and also comply with country regulations on automatic door installation and operation.
Hazard points in automatic door systems and how to address them
Obvious hazard points exist where the door's moving parts slide/roll/fold over the door's fixed parts, creating the possibility of trapping and/or crushing various body parts of door users. The exact location of these hazard points depend on the type of automatic door as follows:
Clearly visible signage is a key element of automatic door safety protocols. Indicators signs should be included i.e. an arrow at least 10 x 4cm. It should be installed 1.2m – 1.5m from ground level and as close as practically feasible to the leading edge. The head of the arrow should point the direction in which the panel travels on opening. Other appropriate signs include:
4 November 2015
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