Automatic doors are stylish, modern, assist the disabled and elderly and are a great money saver. But how can you be sure that an automatic door is safe?
It is a common feature in any business that the appearance of the establishment can overlook other features. However, it is imperative when designing a place where the public will congregate, that it is safe.
The saying goes, “first impressions count”. The first thing a customer sees when they enter a building is the door. This is your sophisticated, beautifully designed masterpiece with a door that opens to large traffic flow of customers as they approach, making them feel welcome.
The automatic door is the key to your hard work, the entryway to your breathtaking design that you have put your heart and soul into.
But what if something goes wrong. What if the door doesn’t open? Or closes too soon? Or shuts on the customer? If the customer is injured there can be a large penalty involved and not just with money. Everyone involved will be held responsible for not taking action to ensure that those who installed the doors are qualified to do so to the most up to date standards.
There have been cases where someone has died as a result of a faulty automatic door. So, how do you, the architect, make sure the doors that are installed for your project are safe?
Simply, ensure they are fully skilled. The BS EN16005 accredited by City & Guilds by the Automatic Door Installation is the safest and securest option.
Not only do those who are qualified pass an exam and get registered with City & Guilds but they have weeks of learning and hands-on training as well as practical assessments to guarantee they are to the highest standards.
So be sure you are specifying automatic doors that are supplied, installed and maintained by a fully skilled engineer and a member of the Automatic Door Installation Association to make sure you, your client and their customers are safe.