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Automatic Doors and Safety: Understanding AAADM and AODA Standards

Automatic doors have become an integral part of modern businesses, enhancing accessibility and customer convenience. Ensuring these doors operate safely and efficiently is paramount. This article sheds light on two significant sets of standards governing automatic door safety and accessibility: the American Association of Automatic Door Manufacturers (AAADM) and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). At City Automatics, operating in Hamilton, Burlington, and the GTA, we pride ourselves on adhering strictly to these standards in all our automatic door installations and services.

The Importance of Safety Standards

Safety standards play a pivotal role in automatic door installations. They ensure doors function correctly, minimize accidents, and provide unhindered access to all users, including those with disabilities. Two leading entities have established these standards: AAADM in the United States and AODA in Ontario, Canada.

Understanding AAADM Standards

AAADM is an association of automatic door manufacturers dedicated to advancing safety, security, and convenience. They’ve set forth guidelines for installing and maintaining automatic doors to ensure peak performance and maximum safety. AAADM standards focus on various aspects, from door speed and backup systems to sensor functionality and overall performance.

Understanding AODA Standards

In Ontario, the AODA establishes standards to create a barrier-free Ontario by 2025. Under the AODA, businesses must ensure their services, including automatic doors, are accessible to people with disabilities. For automatic doors, this means providing appropriate door width, door speed, and safety features that cater to individuals with various mobility challenges.

The Impact of AAADM and AODA Standards on Installation and Maintenance

AAADM and AODA standards guide all steps of the installation process, from the initial site assessment to the final inspections. Every feature, from the sensors to the motor system, is installed following these guidelines to guarantee safety and accessibility.

Moreover, these standards extend to regular maintenance and inspections, focusing on aspects like door speed, sensor functionality, backup systems, and overall performance. Through thorough inspections and routine maintenance, potential issues can be identified and rectified before becoming significant problems, ensuring the long-term safety and operation of your doors.

City Automatics’ Compliance with AAADM and AODA Standards

At City Automatics, we prioritize safety, quality, and accessibility, with our commitment reflected in our strict adherence to AAADM and AODA standards. Our automatic door solutions, including automatic swing doors, sliding doors, and full breakout doors, are installed and maintained following these standards, ensuring they meet and often exceed, required safety and performance measures.

Our technicians are not only factory-trained but also receive specific training in AAADM and AODA standards. This ongoing training ensures our team stays current with the latest guidelines and best practices, installing and maintaining your automatic doors to the highest standards.

Additionally, our customer service reflects our commitment to these standards. We provide comprehensive after-sales support, offering regular maintenance and checks as per AAADM and AODA guidelines. This ensures your automatic doors continue to operate at peak performance and safety levels.

Choosing City Automatics means choosing a partner that understands and respects the importance of AAADM and AODA standards. Whether you’re in Hamilton, Burlington, or the GTA, we’re dedicated to providing you with automatic door solutions that prioritize safety, performance, and accessibility. Trust City Automatics for reliable, standards-compliant automatic door services.