Imagine this…you have a single restroom where the property manager wants to install an automatic operator for easier access to the restroom (or to overcome a maneuvering clearance problem). How do you allow access but also give the person using the restroom privacy? If the restroom is empty, the door should open when someone pushes the actuator. If the restroom is occupied, the door should not open. How do you facilitate code-compliant egress from within the restroom, and also make the locking and unlocking of the door easy for users to understand?
There are two potential scenarios – one where the door is not required to latch, and one where positive latching is required but there must be a means to unlatch the door so the automatic operator can function.