GUIDE TO SPECIFYING INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL DOORS
Some factors to consider when specifying new doors or modifying existing doors to powered operation are:
- What is the best security solution?
- What is the most suitable type of door?
- What is the primary function/duty of the door?
- Where is the door is going to be installed?
- Who is going to use the door?
- How is the door going to be operated?
- What is the frequency of use and speed of operation?
- How is the safety of users to be ensured?
- How is the safety of others who may be in the area ensured?
Before installing any new door a design risk assessment should be undertaken. This assessment should include any potential risk to members of public, in particular children. The risk is greater where the vertical opening rolling door is the external means of preventing access, e.g. car parks in offices and apartment type buildings. The risk increases with the degree of automation of the roller shutter door and is highest where an automatically controlled door is easily accessible by members of public, though any accessible powered door should be assessed. Any potential risk is increased where children are likely to be present.
All new doors or existing doors retrofitted with powered operation must be CE marked showing they comply with the Supply of Machinery Regulations 1992 as amended; doors manufactured in accordance with BS EN 12453: 2001 are one means of achieving this.
Where doors form part of the fire control measures the local fire authority and local authority building control should be consulted to ensure they meet relevant standards.