Disabling Corridor Door Closer
by Bob Armbrister, on Mar 11, 2020 12:00:00 AM
Q: Is it allowed to disable a corridor door's closer by removing the arm in order to keep it open while working inside of the office in a healthcare facility? I know that propping the door open with a wedge is not an option; I was just wondering that if these doors were required to have closers on them due to being a corridor door.
A: No… it would not be acceptable to disengage the function of the closer, even if it is was not required by a code or standard. Section 18.104.22.168 of the 2012 LSC says existing features of life safety obvious to the public if not required by a code or standard, must be maintained or removed. Now, there are exceptions. When you say ‘working in the office’, if you meant there was a construction project or a repair job in progress, then yes, you can disengage the closer in order to accommodate the work in progress. In a situation like that, you would assess it for Alternative Life Safety Measures according to section 22.214.171.124 (some AHJs call this Interim Life Safety Measures or ILSMs). But if you mean the person whose office it is wants the closer disabled so they don’t have to deal with a door that closes automatically, then the answer would be no, it is not permitted. If the closer is not required on the door by the Life Safety Code, then I suggest you ask your state and local authorities to determine if you may remove the closer.