Hospitals present specific requirements when it comes to hygiene, fire safety and radiation shielding. Every element of a hospital’s construction needs to be geared towards keeping its occupants safe. The Australian building standards outlined by the BCA reflect this.
Let’s take a look at some of the key things you need to think about when choosing doors for hospitals.
Hospitals must be extremely sanitary in order to avoid disease and bacteria from spreading, and are built to maintain optimal hygiene levels at all time.
Hygienic doors are those have been purpose built with sanitation being at the fore, meaning they will not harbour bacteria and other pests, and are unaffected by moisture and common cleaning chemicals.
Our hygiene door sets have been designed to ensure optimum hygiene levels are maintained at all times. They offer the highest resistance to bacteria and are other harmful agents and are very easy to clean. They are also extremely versatile, and can be tailored to meet the needs of any commercial or industrial space.
Fire protection in hospitals is very important for keeping all staff, patients and visitors safe.
“Fire door” is a short term for a fire-rated door set. Fire doors consist of the door leaf, frame and associated hardware such as handles, locks, viewing panels and air grills. All of these elements will have been rigorously tested in accordance with the Building Code of Australia (i.e. AS1530.4) to achieve their fire rating. You can read more about this process here.
These kinds of doors are required to close and latch by themselves to avoid being left open. This is particularly important for what is known as ‘compartmentalising’ a fire, which contains flame and smoke while directing traffic to safety.
Using radiation shielded doors has become an essential part of the health and safety strategy for many healthcare facilities, including radiology and x-ray facilities, dental surgeries, veterinary clinics and research labs.
Radiation shielding can be added to a variety of doors during the design and manufacture stage to prevent unsafe radiation from penetrating the doors. There are a wide variety of materials and systems that can be used.