Door Hardware: Controlling Cross-Contamination
In recent years, manufacturers have improved the designs and materials for mechanical and electric door-hardware components to meet end-user needs.
One timely example involves current concerns about seasonal and H1N1 flu. Maintenance and engineering managers are increasingly concerned about cross-contamination that can help the viruses spread. Door hardware and elevator push buttons are high-contact areas and require sanitizing to minimize bacterial cross-contamination.
In response, manufacturers have developed anti-bacteria, silver-ion coatings that inhibit the growth of algae, bacteria, mold, and mildew on these surfaces.
Tests have shown that copper alloys also possess similar properties. These measures do not eliminate the need for proper cleaning and sanitizing, but they can act as a secondary deterrent to germ growth.
DOORS AND HARDWARE RESOURCES
American Hardware Manufacturers Association,
Associated Locksmiths of America, www.aloa.org
American National Standards Institute, www.ansi.org
American Society for Industrial Security, www.asisonline.org
Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association,
International Code Council, www.iccsafe.org
The Construction Specifications Institute, www.csinet.org
Door and Hardware Institute, www.dhi.org
Window and Door Manufacturers Association,
National Fire Protection Association, www.nfpa.org