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Does anyone have information on what should be the maximum force needed to push or pull open a door for a population of women (age 20 to 50) ?
First, the door should be designed with the minimum amount of force required that would allow for opening and closing. Mital, Nicholson, and Ayoub reference 7 kg as the maximum frequent one-handed pull force for females.
In the US, the ADA requires that the limit for interior doors is 5 pounds. It is vague about exterior building doors.
Ira Janowitz, PT, CPE
University of California Ergonomics Program
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