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Garage Door Opener Safety Standard Revised

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a final rule that, effective May 9, will amend its regulations for the safety standard for automatic residential garage door operators to reflect changes made by Underwriters Laboratories Inc. in the entrapment protection provisions in its safety standard for door, drapery, gate, louver and window operators and systems.

According to the CPSC, UL added requirements for certain types of GDOs that were not previously covered by the standard, and most of the revisions to the standard involve adding requirements for these types of GDOs and making changes related to these provisions. In addition, UL added requirements for unattended operation of GDOs and for wireless control and communications. UL also made several editorial changes throughout the standard to provide better descriptions of the appropriate requirements and test conditions and revised dimensional tolerances on test fixtures so that the fixtures can be manufactured using generally available machine tools.

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