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The Standard for
How speciﬁers can use BHMA standards to ensure safety and access
by Michael Tierney
All photos courtesy BHMA
SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS, AND GOVERNMENT
BUILDINGS SHARE ESSENTIAL CHARACTERISTICS;
THEY HOUSE SENSITIVE INFORMATION, ARE
DESIGNED TO BE USED FOR LONG PERIODS,
AND HAVE PUBLIC RESPONSIBILITIES. SPECIFIERS
AND BUILDING MANAGERS MUST ENSURE SAFETY
AND SECURITY NEEDS ARE MET BY SELECTING THE
APPROPRIATE DOOR HARDWARE.
The suite of Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association
(BHMA) standards is a tool for architects, designers, speciﬁers,
and engineers working on non-residential, public projects to
help ensure buildings are accessed and used as intended.
The industry group is composed of U.S. manufacturers in
categories such as:
• cabinet hardware and hinges;
• sliding and folding doors; and
• power doors and components.
BHMA is the only U.S. organization creating standards for
builders hardware through the American National Standards
Institute (ANSI). ANSI/BHMA standards are written criteria
deﬁning appropriate operation, test values, and safety criteria
for builders hardware products. In addition to ensuring
hardware quality and performance through its development
of standards, BHMA sponsors third-party certiﬁcation of
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