Freeing hands up for new functions

FSB’s ergonomically designed lever handle 1287

Courtesy of its angled styling and upwardly-bent grip, FSB’s new 1287 lever handle can also be securely and comfortably operated by forearm. The upshot: top-quality fittings “made in Germany” that are conveniently used in “hands-free” mode so as to reduce the risk of infection. This new product developed by Brakel’s premium hardware manufacturer is the latest to benefit from the company’s many years of experience in coming up with solutions specifically for use in the Health & Care sector.

High levels of patronage in public buildings result in frequently used items such as lever handles becoming potential carriers of germs. This increasingly begs the question as to whether operating handles by hand is in any way appropriate for the age in which we live. By cutting out the need for manual contact, the latest creation by FSB designers Markus Michalski and Michael Schmidt affords enhanced protection against infection whilst also opening up new horizons for hands.

The handle is operated with the user’s forearm pressing against its quarter- turn end section – the return-to-door – and establishing form-fitting contact with the upwardly-bent grip. The optimum height of the return-todoor was identified as being 111 cm on the basis of in-depth analysis of anthropometric data for average body measurements such as height, weight and the length of arms, legs and thighs. This is particularly conducive to the user comfortably resting their arm on the handle. Operation is possible regardless of from which side the door is approached (from the left or right). The door can be safely opened and yet the user’s hands remain free to perform other tasks such as steering medical equipment along or carrying a tray or some other work implement.

The Brakel hardware specialist manufactures its new ergonomic lever handle in a top-quality high-grade steel alloy. So as to avoid contamination whichever form of operation is adopted, the handle is supplied as standard with FSB’s anti-infection coating (AIC), which guarantees optimum protection against infection by virtually eliminating germs. The material used, a composition of chrome, nickel and steel as laid down in DIN 17440, is highly corrosion-resistant and notably impervious to knocks and scratches. The stainless-steel surface forms an invisible passive layer, moreover, that provides it with a high level of resistance to cleaning agents and disinfectants.

The product range is fit for heavy-duty applications and just the thing for use on highly used, heavily frequented doors in, for instance, hospitals and nursing homes, childcare facilities, schools or other public buildings. And the new handle is equally ideal for public toilets, e.g. those in motorway service areas, keeping freshly washed hands hygienically pure.

Properties and benefits of the new FSB 1287 model at a glance:

  • doors can be opened without manual contact
  • optimum height for measured convenience
  • ideal for heavily-used doors
  • anti-bacterial finish
  • easy to fit
  • top-quality high-grade steel alloy (chrome-nickel steel to DIN 17440, material no. 1.4301, approx. 18 % chrome and 8 % nickel)
  • suitable for standard, emergency-exit and fire doors
  • straightforwardly retrofittable in place of existing hardware technical circumstances permitting

About FSB
FSB is a byword the world over for visually and functionally top-quality hardware solutions for doors and windows, electronic access solutions and sanitary fit-outs. Architects and builders’ clients favour reaching out for products from Brakel owing to FSB’s great design expertise and its pro-found understanding of the requirements of modern construction. Every-thing in any way associated with handle culture in built spaces is catered to from a single source.

Franz Schneider
Brakel GmbH + Co KG

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33034 Brakel
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