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European standard EN 16005 came into force in April 2013.
It is designed to safeguard pedestrians from accidents caused by the design and installation of automatic doors.
In the introduction to the standard, its scope is described as “[dealing] with all significant hazards, hazardous situations and events relevant to power-operated doorsets when they are used as intended and where conditions of misuse are reasonably foreseeable by the manufacturer”.
Automatic sliding doors
The danger points are where the two leaves come together, and at the two closing edges.
The use of sensors and pocket screens – essentially a pocket into which the door slides – can help to reduce hazards. The “slot” at the top of the door where the operator is located is not deemed a hazard because of its height above floor level – any injury caused from touching the door here would be classed as an intentional act.
Automatic swing doors.
Here the danger points are where the door closes into the frame and the secondary closing edge where the door pivots.
The primary danger points are overcome by a combination of safety sensors and controlling the door opening and closing speeds.
Finger entrapment protection will limit the potential danger at the secondary closing edge.
Automatic folding door
The main danger points are where the leaves come together – the main closing edge – and where the door folds – the secondary closing edge.
Again, the use of presence sensors and limiting the opening and closing speeds can reduce the risk of injury.
The profile design on the secondary closing edge can help to prevent finger entrapment.
A typical revolving door has several potential danger points due to the number of closing edges.
On moving leaves, foot or heel switches are needed so that if the door catches up with the user it will stop.
On the top of the moving leaf there should be a safety sensor. And on the leading mullion a safety strip is required.
There are already a number of standards and codes of practice to be taken into consideration when designing and installing automatic doors.
BS 7036. Although the British standard is being integrated into the EN standard, its signage and manifestation requirements will remain.
This is because it includes UK-specific guidance, whereas the EN standard is more generic.
The Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC. This outlines the legal requirements and obligations for safeguarding users of machinery. It defines only the essential health and safety requirements.
As an automatic door is a machine, it comes under the umbrella of the Machinery Directive.
EN 16005 is derived from this directive. The Health and Safety Executive’s Workplace Health, Safety and Welfare Approved Code of Practice.
This is necessary as the HSE investigates all accidents involving power-operated doors. The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992.
This implemented an EU directive on minimum health and safety requirements for nearly all workplaces.
The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.
These lay down requirements for employers regarding the safety and use of all work equipment including machinery.
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