Tips of the trade

Paul Ryan, operations director OF GEZE UK

  • 1. Consider the type of traffic and accessibility needs before selecting the system type. If you cater for the person with the most needs, inevitably the needs of others will be met.
  • 2. Factor in fire safety. If the automatic door forms part of the escape route it’s imperative that this connects with the fire escape and smoke exhaust requirements.
  • 3. Consider environmental issues. For example, heavy rain or wind can influence the operation of an automatic door and pedestrian traffic may approach from an acute angle.
  • 4. Sustainability is a key issue. Assess the supplier’s manufacturing processes in terms of recyclability and hazardous materials.
  • 5. Maintenance. This point could be your number one as without excellent back-up the product is worthless.
  • 6. Be aware of your responsibility to ensure safety in use. All automatic door systems fall under the machinery directive and should be specified in accordance with BS 7036: 1996 Safety at Powered Doors.