Why is use of automatic doors growing?
Automatic doors have an outstanding record - more than 50 billion safe door openings and closings every year in the United States alone. You'll find automatic doors offering accessibility and entry convenience at airports, hospitals and stores everywhere. With proper installation, annual inspections by AAADM certified inspectors and daily safety checks by premise owners, automatic doors provide safe, convenient access for everyone who's ever struggled with a manual door while carrying a package...or if they are handicapped or elderly.

When was the American Association of Automatic Door Manufacturers founded?
The American Association of Automatic Door Manufacturers, a trade association of manufacturers of automatic pedestrian door systems, was founded in 1994 to promote safety in the manufacture and operation of automatic doors. The industry is dedicated to promoting consumer awareness as well as the education and certification of maintenance personnel.

What is AAADM doing to make people aware of safety when using automatic doors?
The American Association of Automatic Door Manufacturers has developed a public awareness program that educates both the users and the owners of automatic door systems. The program consists of public service announcements, advertising and education, all promoting safer use of automatic doors.

Just why are automatic doors "the safer approach"?
Automatic doors are the safer and easier approach for everyone who's ever struggled with a manual door while carrying packages, or if they are handicapped or elderly. With proper installation, annual inspections by certified AAADM inspectors, and daily safety checks by premise owners, automatic doors are a reliable, safe and convenient way to provide easy access to buildings for all of us.

How do automatic door inspectors become certified?
The American Association of Automatic Door Manufacturers has developed a certification and training program for inspectors and technicians. Classes are held on a regular basis all over the United States. AAADM Certified Inspectors are trained and qualified to conduct annual inspections in accordance with current industry standards.

What else does AAADM do to improve automatic door safety?
AAADM certified inspectors are also certified to conduct inspection of new installations to ensure safe operation. In addition, the association provides a strong support network to its members as they strive to continuously improve technology and increase awareness of automatic door safety.

Do automatic doors have a safety standard?
All members of the American Association of Automatic Door Manufacturers make their automatic doors and components in compliance with the ANSI / BHMA Standard for Power Operated Pedestrian Doors, ANSI / BHMA A156.10-2011. This national consensus standard defines and governs such things as installation, sensing devices, and safety requirements for automatic pedestrian doors.

How do the doors sense when someone is passing through?
Monitoring sensors above the doors regulate door openings and closings. A properly maintained automatic door will not close if there is something or someone in the way. Naturally, though, people should exercise reasonable caution and keep moving when passing through automatic doors.

How do I perform a daily safety check?
The American Association of Automatic Door Manufacturers provides a video presentation on daily safety check procedures. Premises owners can use this video to train or retrain employees to perform the daily safety checks properly. That helps assure safe operation of automatic doors. Printed material is also available.

What about annual inspections?
Automatic door systems should be checked annually by an inspector who has been certified by the American Association of Automatic Door Manufacturers. Through that annual inspection, the door system can be checked for compliance with the latest industry standards.
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