Next Tuesday, I’ll be presenting my 4th webinar of the year – this time on the code requirements that apply to touchless door openings.  I know that there have been a lot of webinars lately, so here’s a little more info to help you decide whether to attend.

Many facility managers are exploring ways to reduce the transmission of germs in their buildings.  Doors are an area of focus, as one study conducted in a health care facility found the COVID-19 virus on 16% of the operable door hardware.  There are many options for retrofit hardware to promote “hands-free” operation of doors, ranging from new designs in door pulls, to automatic operators with touchless actuators.

My webinar will focus on the code implications of making these changes, to avoid creating non-code-compliant openings.  I will discuss how the egress, fire protection, and accessibility requirements can impact touchless hardware, and I’ll cover some of the mandates found in the standards for automatic operators.

  • Will the new door pull designs operated by a forearm or foot comply with the egress codes and accessibility standards?
  • How can fire doors be held open safely, or modified so they don’t latch under normal operation?
  • Are touchless actuators that open doors with a wave of the hand considered a “knowing act”?

I will answer these questions, and others, in the upcoming webinar, and the presentation qualifies for continuing education units from AIA, ICC, and DHI.

There is more information (including the registration links) on the webinars page of iDigHardware.


In addition, our national trainers will continue their Webinar Wednesday presentations tomorrow, with sessions on:

  • Electrified Hardware – Wiring Choices
  • Hurricane Hardware Product Testing and Compliance
  • Creating a Path to Safety
  • The Basics of Interlocks

You can find more information and register for any of these free classes on the Allegion Virtual Event Calendar.

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