- August 5, 2019
- Posted by: Laura
As a company who installs, maintains or supplies automatic doors, you know how important they are in everyday life. But do your potential clients?
THEY COULD BE BREAKING THE LAW
The UK has over 11 million people suffering from limiting long-term illnesses and disabilities , not to mention the millions of elderly people.
Those who do not have automatic doors do not comply with the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA).
DDA is what allows the disabled to move freely in public places in order for them to not feel discriminated against. If a premises does not have the relevant access for those who are disabled to enter, they could be breaking the law.
This is why it is the ADIA’s duty to educate companies who ignore DDA.
In addition, those business owners are losing out on profits as they are limiting those people from using their services. Putting it simply no access, fewer customers, less money.
WHAT DO THE ADIA DO TO PROMOTE SAFETY TO YOUR POTENTIAL CLIENTS?
As well as running a range of health and safety courses to ensure our members have obtained or developed their knowledge of automatic door safety, we created the ADIA Directory (both online and printed hard copy). A hard copy is sent annually to your potential clients. This includes:
- +2100 Architects – Architects often choose the door companies to suit the design they have created for new projects.
- +1600 Councils – Councils control many government-run and public properties such as libraries, doctors surgeries and other local amenities.
- +1200 Surveyors – Surveyors specify what a building requires.
- PLUS +190 ADIA members
Within the Directory, we inform them of the importance of safety and why automatic doors are incredibly useful to the public and how it will be helping those they are providing properties for. It is here where we tell them about the importance of automatic doors, the BS EN16005 and what it does etc.
BUT THEY ALREADY HAVE AUTOMATIC DOORS…
It may be all well and good them having automatic doors, but are they safe?
This is another question that property owners tend to ignore. Luckily for you, our members, we have the DoorSafe Register that shows what companies have the BS EN16005 accredited by City & Guilds.
The BS EN16005 focusses on both the theoretical aspects of the safety of automatic pedestrian doors. We ask those with experience in automatic doors (or with transferable skills such as locksmiths, access control or security etc.) to demonstrate their knowledge on real doors as well as completing the online study and an exam.
Our course has been accredited by City & Guilds as it meets their criteria and is of a high-quality standard. We train in small groups to ensure engineers can get the most from their trainer.
Thus, if any clients question why the BS EN16005 accredited by City & Guilds is of any relevance, it is because you have proven your capabilities and knowledge.
WHY THEY NEED YOU
So, remember when you are talking to potential clients remind them that they need YOUR doors because you’re an ADIA member. A member who receives updates on the latest within the industry, a member who has the BS EN16005 accredited by City and Guilds and access to a range of training that puts you ahead of your competitors.
Remember to make yourself stand out. Whether this is by getting trained in Service and Maintenance or Surveying and Estimating. Perhaps is simply by wearing a DoorSafe lanyard on-site, carrying a technicians card with a City & Guilds accreditation crest.
Be sure to make use of your benefits so you can be ahead of the game! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information