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Weather is also a factor to consider when deciding on the frequency of inspection, especially for the side of the building most exposed to the elements. Driving rain, snow and ice buildup can make the best door hardware balky. On the other hand, while the same frequency of inspection would not apply to an emergency exit, it is just as important to schedule regular checks to ensure emergency-exit hardware operates reliably in a crisis.
Maintenance. A list of maintenance instructions should be easily accessible. For example, here is a list of recommended actions for an upgrade of a commercial torsion spring overhead door and hardware:
Managers also should ensure technicians follow an approval process. They should submit completed checklists, recommended inspection processes, specification sheets, and operation and maintenance manuals to a subject matter expert, architect or engineer who has the final approval regarding the correctness of installation. This process ensures doors and hardware meet specification standards and that technicians follow procedures for long-term reliability.
Thomas A. Westerkamp is a maintenance and engineering management consultant and president of the work management division of Westerkamp Group LLC.
Weather Factors Into Frequency of Door Hardware Inspections