The handles are the most exposed parts of the fittings. These should be positioned in an easily accessible position, but can be positioned in an eye-catching and restrained way, e.g. in recessed grips. As a rule, visually appealing specimens are desired. It is important to ensure that the handles are used all the time and are designed to ensure different functions. They have to be permanently usable and easy to operate and also withstand the forces of the leaf. In public buildings, the anti-panic regulations must be observed, among other things, which are intended to ensure rapid departure and require the appropriate type of fittings. Handles should be comfortable to grip and should not be sharp-edged or attached too close to the profile, ensuring that they are easy to grip. In highly frequented areas, the decision may be taken not to use handles in order to prevent germs from being passed on from one hand to another. Automatic doors that open without contact or corresponding coatings on the handles, which themselves have an antimicrobacterial effect, are useful here.