Adams Rite knows the increase in applicable legislation for social housing landlords and facilities managers, means it’s more important than ever to specify fit for purpose door hardware.
Building owners, managers and landlords, have a duty under the Equality Act 2010 to ensure their premises can be accessed by the disabled, elderly and very young, and correctly specified door closers help specifically to meet with BS8300 and Approved Document M guidelines.
Approved Document M and BS8300, specifically set a maximum door opening force to allow use by the disabled, elderly and very young. It is also critical for fire protection and building security that the door then closes automatically, reliably and in a controlled way, and does not ‘slam shut’, causing a hazard.
Taking into account all these requirements means that only cam motion closers can help building owners meet the specified requirements, and not rack and pinion Transom closers, as some manufacturers claim.
Rack and pinion Transom closers do not have the functionality to combine low opening force with the appropriate level of closing power, whereas a cam motion design allows the door to open with less pushing or pressure at the beginning of the opening cycle, which is the most strenuous part of opening a door, while maintaining closing force.
It is important to be aware that a door closer itself cannot claim to be compliant, but can aid the compliance of a door that is tested in situ. The consequences of allowing a door, that does not comply, to be fitted can be considerable.
Hospitals, schools and other public buildings are required to fulfill their duties under the Equality Act 2010 to meet its requirements under BS8300 and Approved Document M. If the door fails based on the use of an unsuitable door closer, the cost of adjustments could run to thousands of pounds.
Andy Stolworthy, Product Manager for Adams Rite, commented:
“Transom door closers have been used successfully for many years within the aluminium industry due to their concealed design and are still suitable for certain applications. However the increasing amount of legislation surrounding ensuring buildings are suitable for use by all does question their wide spread use.
“Where compliance is important, an adjustable cam motion closer should be specified, so it can be correctly adjusted to ensure the necessary opening force and closing power for the ongoing use of the door not just the time of the inspection. “To aid security and facility managers Adams Rite has recently launched a range of ASSA ABLOY door closers, including two surface cam motion models that are available in surface and concealed variants, which can assist end users in fulfilling their duties under The Equality Act 2010, by providing a safe environment that is accessible to all.”
Adams Rite is the leading supplier of aluminium door locking, electric locking and escape devices, supplying the top OEM door manufacturers worldwide.
The company is part of ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, a division of ASSA ABLOY, the global leader in door opening solutions. For more information visit www.adamsrite.co.uk