Thursday 15 July 2021

ADSA Serves up Bite-Sized Learning

A menu of bite-sized learning is being served up by the Automatic Door Suppliers Association (ADSA) to give people a taste of industry knowledge.

The free online sessions are intended to extend awareness of safety and standards for those working within the sector in a variety of roles including non-technical. By widening the understanding of key issues, ADSA hopes to heighten levels of expertise across the industry and its member organisations and encourage inclusivity.

There are currently two sessions available: Powered Pedestrian Doors (PPD) and the Law and Risk Assessment – a guide to BS 7036-0:2014. Both are running throughout the year and dates are being advertised on ADSA’s social media channels.

PPD and the Law provides an overview of different areas of law and regulation that affect installation, health and safety at work and fire safety. 

It covers the difference between legal, approved documents and British and European standards and how these are applied to prevent injury from impact, crushing, sheering or drawing-in.

The difference between service and maintenance requirements is defined, as is the responsibility of landlords and occupiers to manage maintenance and supervision of PPD.

This session also includes an outline of the risk assessment criteria needed to be undertaken by specifiers or installers based on the type of door selected, its location, potential hazards and their corresponding safeguards.

The second session, Risk Assessment – a guide to BS 7036-0:2014, looks into this in more detail. It identifies the reason for BS 7036-0:2014 and how it establishes safety through compliance, considers types of people who might use the doors and their levels of vulnerability.

This assessment includes considerations around:
  • identification of hazards
  • the probability of harm being caused
  • the severity of harm
  • solutions to address identified risks.

Darren Hyde, ADSA’s Technical Manager, said that the sessions were aimed at a variety of different people across the industry – but especially those in non-technical roles.
Said Darren: “We want to widen out opportunities for training across everyone working for our member organisations, be they manufacturers, installers, distributors or service organisations, including those who carry out professional or administrative roles.

“It is only by extending a knowledge of industry requirements that we can heighten awareness of expected safety and quality requirements and the responsibilities of our sector and of those of developers, landlords and their tenants,” he said.
Further Bite-sized sessions are being developed for later this year and the start of 2022. Their delivery is part of ADSA’s drive to provide training and development opportunities for all. During the first six months of the year, more than 12 sessions were delivered which were attended by more than 120 people.

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About The ADSA

The Automatic Door Association (ADSA) was formed in 1985 to establish quality and safety standards for the automatic door industry. It developed the first industry code of practice which covered safety aspects of automatic doors for pedestrian use. This subsequently formed the basis of BS 7036: 1988, a code of practice for the provision and installation of safety devices for automatic, power-operated pedestrian door systems.

Its membership includes manufacturers, suppliers, installers and service providers of automatic doors – from global companies to sole traders. ADSA member organisations supply more than 75% of the UK market.

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