ADSA serves up bite-sized learning

  • 16 Jul 2021

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 will extend awareness of safety and standards for those in the sector, in many roles.

By widening understanding of key issues, ADSA hopes to heighten levels of expertise across the industry and its member organisations.

There are 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 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. It 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, says the sessions were aimed at a variety of different people across the industry. A particular emphasis was for those in non-technical roles.

Darren says: “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.”

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, attended by more than 120 people.

For more information email: [email protected]

The ADSA welcomed more members in 2020 than ever before – read more about that here.

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