With the continued spread of the COVID-19 virus, businesses are having to think more about how to keep their facilities safe for employees and visitors. “Touchless” door hardware is one way to help prevent the spread of pathogens within a facility.

Public health officials recommend wiping down “high-touch” surfaces like doorknobs, phones and light switches with a disinfectant such as a bleach solution. With doors, touchless entry hardware makes this less necessary. Research has confirmed that reducing contact with doorknobs and handles does lower the possibility of spreading the virus through contact.

Touchless solutions for entryways include touchless door activation, touchless access control, and automatic doors.

A touchless activation system typically uses a motion sensor, so that a person can open the door by passing their hand in front of the sensor.

Touchless access control allows for the same reduction of physical contact with the door, but adds an extra level of security. They usually use an opener in the form of a fob or keycard, and are hooked into a security system that limits who can open the door. They can limit access in different ways – by keeping an electronic list of approved people, for example, or by allowing different levels of access based on certain criteria, such as a person’s role in the business.

Another option is an automatic sliding door or doors, of the type often seen in groceries, hospitals and elsewhere, and that open automatically when a person approaches them.

Though presumably the pandemic will be over at some point, the need for continued health and hygiene precautions may continue into the future, which means that installing touchless door hardware may be worth looking into for the long term.