There are several types of inspections that can be done for fire rated doors in health care facilities, including:
Visual inspections: This type of inspection involves physically looking at the door and its components to ensure that they are in good condition and functioning properly. This includes checking for any damage, such as dents or scratches, as well as verifying that the door is properly hung and that the hardware, such as the hinges and latch, is working properly.
Operational inspections: This type of inspection involves checking to ensure that the door can be easily opened and closed, and that it latches securely when closed. It also includes checking for proper function of any automatic door-closing devices, such as door closers or hold-open devices.
Fire and smoke test: This type of inspection involves testing the door’s ability to contain fire and smoke in accordance to the fire rating of the door. This is typically done by simulating a fire, and measuring how long it takes for smoke and flames to pass through the door.
Functional testing: This type of inspection involves testing the door’s ability to function as intended in a real-life fire scenario, this can include the door’s ability to close and latch when smoke is detected.
Annual and 5-year inspections: These inspections are a requirement by the codes and regulations, they are done annually or every 5 years to ensure that the door remains in compliance with the codes and regulations and that the door is still performing its intended function.
It’s important to note that fire rated doors in health care facilities must be inspected by certified professionals, who are trained to identify any defects or issues that could compromise the door’s ability to function properly in a fire emergency.