The first standard that I’m going to cover in this series is BS EN 179, this standard defines options for mechanical locking of escape route doors.
These blog posts will provide a high level, easy to understand overview of the standard, however the standard and any implications should be read in full to ensure compliance.
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You should always consult a registered architectural specifier prior to specifying escape standards
This standard applies to private buildings with spaces that may be accessible to the public.
The key differentiation between Private and Public buildings is that in private buildings, staff are trained on how to escape from the building in the event of an emergency, whereas in a public building, people will run towards the nearest illuminated green escape door.
The standard requires that all locking devices on an escape door must be removed with a single action, also that only one hand is needed to unlock the door.
In practice, this would usually be a push pad or live lever handle to escape, so that the person can escape from the secured side of the door at any time regardless of the status of the access control system.
Under BS EN 179, it doesn’t matter which direction the door opens.
If there are more than 60 people per escape route, doors should be specified in accordance with Panic Escape Standard BS EN 1125.
For further detailed information, please see this brochure from the Door Hardware Federation.