ASM Access offers a comprehensive range of anti finger trapping devices, with a system to fit every budget.
ANTI FINGER TRAPPING
There have been a number of accidents in schools where pupils have had their fingers trapped in doors. Corporate Health and Safety requires schools to assess the risks of such finger traps and if the risk is significant to take appropriate action such as installing proprietary protective strips to the hinge edge of doors.
This page indicates where finger guard devices are required. It also provides more detailed guidance on assessing the risks and the control of finger trapping risks.
This involves detailed pre-construction planning crucial to successful construction and on-time delivery, and allows the client and team a clear pathway to the bidding process, construction phase, and through to completion.
SUMMARY OF ACTION REQUIRED
Headteachers or the schools health and safety ‘responsible person’ should ensure, on completion of a risk assessment, that finger guards are fitted to classroom doors; entrances to toilets and toilet cubicle doors (unless the trapping hazard has been eliminated by the design). Assessments should also be made of the risks of entrapment from other doors with reference to the guidance.
This will mainly relate to nursery schools, primary schools and special schools. However, secondary schools and Post 16 establishments should assess the risks in areas where young children may occasionally be present (e.g. reception areas).
Required and Recommended Actions
- Doors next to areas where pupils congregate;
- Doors which pupils queue beside for lunch or other reasons;
- Doors near entrances;
- Doors which are susceptible to strong winds;
- Doors which have created problems in the past (check accident records)
- Heavy doors (with or without dampening mechanisms);
- Areas where pupils are unsupervised.
NEW & REFURBISHED CLASSROOMS
In all new classrooms or major classroom refurbishments, toilet entrance doors and toilet cubicle doors in primary phase schools should normally have the risk of finger trapping designed out at the planning stage. Where this is not possible they must be fitted with finger guarding devices. Schools must instruct their chosen contractor to include these standards in the brief for the project.
A number of finger guards are available in the UK. It is advisable to ensure that the device chosen is guaranteed for a length of time and that the fixing method is suitable for the door type and traffic that the door will encounter. ASM Access offers a comprehensive range of anti finger trapping devices, a system to fit every budget.
CHECKS AFTER INSTALLATION
For both new and existing devices in schools there should be a system of regular brief visual inspection to check for damage or deterioration as the means of fixing so that appropriate remedial action can be taken. In addition, staff should be encouraged to be vigilant for and report damaged devices. Furthermore, there are good reasons why pupils and young people should be informed about the trapping hazards which doors pose the purpose of the devices and the need to tell staff about any damage they spot.