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ASHE 56th Annual Conference & Technical Exhibition

1148 - Analysis of Door Latch Failures and Recommendations for Mitigation and Compliance

Jul 16, 2019 2:00pm ‐ Jul 16, 2019 3:00pm

Credits: None available.

Standard: $30.00
Members: $15.00


ASHE's review accreditation survey data reveals that door latching citations are the number one issue in hospital surveys. A new study in collaboration with Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association and The Center for Health Design examines the causes for the failures. The requirements will be compared to the research to determine to what extent doors that do not latch should be reported as a survey finding. Once the problem has been properly identified, potential design, operational, hardware, and maintenance solutions will be offered to reduce the number of survey findings. The ultimate goal of the research and the application of the research will be to significantly reduce the number of findings related to door latching in hospitals.

Join a panel of experts to discuss the findings and to ask questions about your projects and facilities.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the requirements pertaining to the 2010 edition of NFPA 80: Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives.
  • Identify when latching of doors is required in hospitals.
  • Examine survey data and work order information to identify three primary causes for door latching failures.
  • Apply study findings to decrease door latch failures and citations.


  • Lynn Kenney, Senior Analyst, Advocacy Team, ASHE
  • William E. Koffel, SASHE, PE, President, Koffel Associates Inc
  • Ellen Taylor, AIA, Director of Research, The Center for Health Design
  • Jonathan Flannery, CHFM, MHSA, FASHE, FACHE, Senior Associate Director of Advocacy, American Society for Health Care Engineering


Credits: None available.

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