Ensuring Workplace Safety: The Role of Automated Door Compliance Systems

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No matter the industry, all companies must create and follow a structured workplace safety program. This includes ensuring that health and safety risks are adequately identified, reported, and addressed.

This includes keeping all team members informed of the latest updates through instant messaging, digital signage systems, and shared content from reliable sources.

Pedestrian Detection

In some workplaces, automatic doors allow staff and visitors to move in and out of a building without pushing or pulling heavy manual doors. This can improve efficiency by reducing people’s time standing around doors waiting for them to open. It also reduces energy usage by allowing a door to be closed and spread faster than a manual one.

In addition, automated door safety compliance is crucial in ensuring a secure environment, especially in commercial settings where these doors are extensively used for accessibility and security purposes.

Pedestrian detection using weight, motion, or other sensors is used for doors that open automatically for pedestrians. These devices are becoming more popular as control mats become less reliable because of moisture and other problems. Pedestrian detection systems can be adjusted to match the environment’s needs and patterns of use.

In addition to sensor technology, information displays and audible communication systems can convey operating and safety instructions to people. This can help prevent startles or confusion over what to do when a door opens for pedestrians.

Emergency Exit Detection

Whether it’s an active shooter situation or the threat of fire, workplace safety requires the ability to evacuate the building quickly and efficiently. Property teams may need to install emergency doors to facilitate this, depending on the type of business.

As a result, all powered doors must follow specific Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards. These include daily inspections to ensure the sensors function correctly, which can be done through a cloud-based access control system.

Regarding OSHA regulations, every component in a means of egress must be operable and controlled by occupants attempting egress. To meet this requirement, doors must not require a key or tool to open from the egress side. They also cannot be locked or delayed in a way that would prevent occupants from escaping. To meet these requirements, the system solution must be capable of locking doors within a specific period (15 or 30 seconds). It should also display an exit alarm on the door.

Passenger Detection

Physical security is a primary concern in the workplace, whether through fences or walls, locked building doors, and security cameras. These barriers keep people, property, and data safe by deterring criminal activity and limiting access to sensitive areas. They also provide a way to count people in emergencies so that everyone has been evacuated and is accounted for.

Automatic doors are complex machinery and must be regularly inspected by the occupier to ensure they function correctly. The inspections usually include a visual check and a mechanical doorway inspection, including sensors and motor controls.

Two passenger detection technologies were tested against manual counts to test their ability to detect left-behind passengers. The network was found to be the best passenger detection technology because of its high speed and precision. However, the subway scene interferes with the task due to light conditions and monitoring equipment deployment angle.

Access Control

A power-operated door system can help ensure that only people with proper credentials are allowed in. This prevents theft and holds employees accountable and can make the workplace more secure.

For example, a pharmaceutical company used an access control system to limit the number of people entering its research and development center. This ensured that only the right people could access sensitive information and assets. It also prevented unsupervised children from being able to get into areas where they were not supposed to be.

This system includes an access database that helps identify people with the correct credentials. The main controllers and intelligent readers communicate with each other via the network to perform access decisions and record events. Semi-intelligent readers that do not have a database and cannot function without the main controllers should be avoided in areas where high security is required.