Section 404 of the 2010 Standards covers Doors, Doorways and Gates and section 404.2 covers manual door installations in great detail. Section 404.3 covers Automatic and Power-Assisted Doors in Gates but only provides very limited specific guidelines on installation and operation. Ever wonder why? Well I’ll tell you.
Automated door installations and operations are very complicated. In fact, they are so complicated the 2010 Standards says this, “Full-powered automatic doors shall comply with ANSI/BHMA A156.10. Low-energy and power-assisted doors shall comply with ANSI/BHMA A156.19.” First of all, good luck finding copies of these ANSI standards, and, if you do find copies, be prepared for some very complicated information. So the 2010 ADA Standards punted, to use a sports metaphor, and is telling you to go find these ANSI standards and figure it out yourself. I don’t blame them. Because that is exactly what I did. And it was painful.
But this is important because owners or tenants in buildings that have automated doors are responsible for the installation and operation of these doors with respect to the ADA. And if they are not installed properly or do not work correctly, they can be dangerous to the public and very dangerous to the disabled community. And did you know that most manufacturer’s of automated doors provide and advise owners and operators to complete a “Daily Check” of these automated doors?