Automated doors are now common place in many public building and businesses to ensure access to all. All machines placed on the market in the European Union have a legal requirement to comply with the EU Machinery Directive 98/37/EC.

In the UK, this European Law is implemented by The Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 1992, and this regulation requires that all machines are CE marked as a proof of compliance. Automated doors are classified as ‘machines’ and as such within the EU must comply with the need to meet a ‘set of essential health and safety requirements’ and are required to feature a CE mark to demonstrate that this is the case.

CCSS offers fully compliant solutions to ensure full safety compliance and reliability in high traffic areas.

As members of ADSA our engineers and surveyors undergo rigorous ongoing training to ensure all recommendations are in line with current legislation.

CCSS has a great deal of experience supplying door automation and replacement doors into many different environments from NHS hospital wards to communal doors in tower blocks we have a solution for all requirements.

We can design, install, commission and service most makes of articulated and sliding automatic door control equipment.

We also have a sister company who manufactures and installs compliant aluminium door sets to your specification

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What legislation applies to my automatic pedestrian doors?

BS EN 16005 – 2012

What does this mean to me?

The EN 16005, being a harmonised standard, sets the minimum level of safety allowed within the Machinery Directive for new powered doors, this is a statutory directive to ensure the safety of employees and users. National and European Standards are not legally binding. They are seen as “best practice” and in many cases adopted by organisations as part of rules that must be followed. These safety standards (16005/7036) are always referred to as best practice in courts considering accidents and injuries from use of automatic doors.

Is it law to service automatic doors?

Under the Machinery Directive automatic doors must be operated safely, safe for employees and safe for other users. The doors therefore need to be maintained in accordance with the guidance from the manufacturer. However, the law does not specifically state that the doors need to be serviced but failing to maintain them so they are safe in use would lead to a court penalty if there was an injury.

What is the Machinery Directive?

The Directive is issued by the Health and Safety Executive and covers the safety of machinery at work. Full details can be viewed at the HSE website:

What is BS EN 16005 (Power operated pedestrian doorsets - Safety in use - Requirements and test methods)

BS EN 16005 is the European standard which gives guidance on safety in use and test methods for Powered Pedestrian doorsets. It is the industry guidance document to help companies meet the requirements of the Machinery Directive and form part of the CE Marking process. The document gives practical advice on safety systems and best practice ways for ensuring Powered Pedestrian doors are installed with acceptable levels of safety for users. The standard is a minimum level of safety allowed for new installations

If our engineer finds a door unsafe what is the legal legislation for powering down a door for safety reasons?

This is more a case of best practice rather than a legal requirement and also protects the service company should litigation or enforcement occur. If a door is not safe to the point that it could seriously harm someone then the engineer should turn the door off and advise the customer to keep it turned off until the safety issues have been resolved. It would be prudent to have this instruction on the engineers signed worksheet as a record. The service company should then provide ASAP a written quotation to the customer of the works needed to make it safe, so they have an option on how to proceed. The customer is relying on the service company to provide best practice advice as to the expert.

If I wanted to install an electric door operator to my home, would the engineer need to have EN16005? If the council was to install an electric door operator to a disabled tenant’s home, would the engineer need to have EN 16005?

We would always recommend that anyone involved in the supply & installation of door automation products has a good knowledge of the regulations and relevant standards including BS EN 16005 & other related standards. The best way of both proving & acquiring the required knowledge is by studying the relevant standards & taking the exam offered by the ADSA. As far as the installation being in a domestic premise it would still fall under BS EN 16005 & related legislation, even though it would be someone’s home for anyone working there such as carers or tradesmen it would be their place of work. We would as always recommend a full “risk assessment” is carried out before any installation in line with the guidelines of BS EN16005 & BS 7036-0 2014.

A door has Georgian wired glazing and my contractor is telling me this should be changed to plain glass. The reason for the existing glazing is due to the possible damage to the glass with wheel chairs. Can you advise please?

Answer using BS EN 16005

4.4.2 Materials

There shall be no sharp edges and glazing shall not form sharp splinters if broken.

Toughened glass in accordance with EN 12150-1 and laminated glass in accordance with EN ISO 12543-1 and EN ISO 12543-2 are examples of suitable glazing materials. Plain float glass (silica-based glass) and wired glass are not suitable for this application due to the risk of serious injury upon breaking.

There is also a risk assessment and reduction standard BS 7036-0:2014, this also states:

7.1 Glazing in power operated door installations should conform to the appropriate part of BS 6262 using safety materials conforming to BS 6206.

7.2 Glazing should be appropriately marked or incorporate features to make its presence apparent.
NOTE Guidance is given in HSE publication L24 [1]

Why should I use CCSS to install and/or service my automatic pedestrian doorsets?

CCSS is member of The Automatic Door Suppliers Association (ADSA) and as such adheres to and observes the requirements of EN16005. Investing in the training of its service operatives and its sales team to ensure that all doors exceed the required standards to keep your staff and customers safe when using your doors.

We are also specialists in access control and door entry solutions so we can undertake all aspects of works when adding automation to an entrance, email or phone to 0121 6054499 to discuss your requirements and arrange a free of charge survey