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Breaking down barriers with automated doors

The countdown is on. If you own a business selling goods or services in Nova Scotia, you’ll soon need to ensure you’re fully compliant with provincial accessibility laws, including those regarding certified automated doors.

The countdown is on. If you own a business selling goods or services in Nova Scotia, you’ll soon need to ensure you’re fully compliant with provincial accessibility laws, including those regarding certified automated doors. Luckily, there’s no better time to invest in an upgrade. With the help of government grants and the assistance of the professionals at MGM Automated Doors, it’s simpler than you think.

 

Nova Scotia’s accessibility plan

Nova Scotia passed the Accessibility Act in 2017. The act is designed to make communities more inclusive and accessible. Automated disability entries are an important part of the plan. They help people with disabilities access retailers, grocery stores and pharmacies. They also help parents with young children, the elderly and anyone who has their hands full. Automated doors break down barriers in more ways than one.

The deadline for compliance is 2030, but many businesses are moving now to make improvements to their bathrooms, hallways and entrances in order to adhere to the new regulations.

 

Experienced, qualified and certified

In the Maritimes, automated doors are legally required to be installed and inspected by a company certified by the American Association of Automated Door Manufacturers (AAADM). AAADM is an industry association promoting the safe use of automated doors. MGM Automated Doors is AAADM certified along with each and every technician and our annual inspections follow all provincial regulations. In all the manufacture’s manuals it clearly states only AAADM certified technicians can install or repair their doors. In this day and age Safety and liability must be adhered to.

There are companies out there that are certified by the AAADM, but they do not have all of their technician’s certified, it is the technician or a certified AAADM inspector that has to be on site to sign off on your doors, so it’s important to ask questions when hiring a company to install or inspect your automated door and they should have a signed AAADM sticker placed upon completion. If that sticker is not signed by the person working on your door then you did not have an AAADM certified technician. Plus, when we install your doors, we follow all the specifications outlined in the Nova Scotia Building Accessibility Checklist, including minimum clearing distances and maximum heights, so there will be no liability issues down the road.

 

Prevention made easy

As an MGM customer, you’ll have 24/7 access to a complete diagnostic of your doors. This includes the manufacturer’s recommendations, the repair and service history, and when your annual inspections are due. You don’t have to worry about a thing. It is one of the advantages of partnering with an industry leader.

 

There’s help with the cost

If you’re concerned about the cost of installing an automated door or automatic door opener you may want to consider applying for a grant under the Nova Scotia Business ACCESS-Ability program. This program is run by the provincial government and will help you with the cost of making your business environment more accessible. In some cases, rebates offered go as high as $100,000.

 

Commercial entry systems in the Maritimes

Making your business more accessible is good for employees, customers and your bottom line. Fortunately, MGM Automated Doors makes it easy to upgrade your entrances. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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