5 Things to Think About When Choosing Doors For Industrial Spaces
Here is an overview of things you need to think about when choosing doors for industrial spaces, such as fire resistance, hygiene and radiation shielding.
Industrial spaces house a wide range of activities, many of which present an environment that requires a certain attention to detail when it comes to their makeup. Industrial spaces must be compliant with the Building Code of Australia (BCA), and this of course includes the doors.
Doors are a very important component in the overall makeup of an industrial space, and no matter what the space is used for their utility should reflect its needs. Here are some things to think about when choosing doors for an industrial space.
Some industrial spaces require shielding on doors to prevent unsafe radiation from penetrating through. These include certain research laboratories, communications centres, nuclear power plants and more. If you are unsure whether your business requires radiation shielding, you should seek advice from a professional radiation expert.
Unsafe exposure to radiation can have an array of negative impacts on the health of your building occupants. This can range from nausea and skin irritation through to nerve damage and cancer. Radiation shielding for doors can provide a vital layer of protection on your doors to keep staff, clients and the general public safe from radiation.
Industrial facilities present very specific conditions when it comes to fire safety. These spaces require superior levels of fire protection as they inherently house hazardous materials and activity. The legislation and building regulations for industrial spaces are stringent.
“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 are 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.
Some spaces in industrial facilities, such as engine rooms and research labs, need to be soundproof. Any kind of door works as a sound barrier in some respect. With standard doors, however, sound waves will still manage to make their way through unless further preventative measures are taken. These measures include sound insulation and sound absorption – putting up an acoustic barrier.
The greater the mass of the insulation material per unit area of a door, the more soundproof it will be. A double-leaf partition – two sections separated by an air gap filled with a sound absorber – is an efficient and practical sound absorber.
Read more about how soundproof doors work here.
Industrial facilities present very specific conditions when it comes to safety. Aside from industrial fire doors and radiation shielded doors, heavy-duty security doors may be required in some spaces to help protect against serious threats.
FSE Special Purpose Doors provide a range of industrial security doors that adhere to Australian building standards outlined by the BCA (AS/NZS2343:1997). Our security range consists of a selection of ballistic doors, including bullet proof doors and blast resistant doors. They provide provide protection against things such as weaponry assaults, forced entry and other criminal attacks, and blasts and explosions.
Some industrial spaces, such as industrial kitchens and research labs, also need to be extremely sanitary, and their doors must adhere to this.
Hygienic doors are those have been purpose built with sanitation 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 other harmful agents and are very easy to clean. They are also extremely versatile, and can be tailored to meet the needs of any industrial space.