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Delayed EgressDoor LocksCMS

Q: I have a question about delayed egress locks in nursing homes. Can you have more than one door equipped with delayed egress locks in a path of egress? I …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 13, 2020
Behavioral HealthDoor Locks

Q: We have a Geri-Psych unit and the stairwells are locked on that unit. Back in 2009, you surveyed our facility and wrote in your findings, "The housekeeper person on …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 1, 2020
Door LocksStairwellsDoors

Q: I'm a Facilities Director overseeing an existing 8-story (basement included) acute care hospital fully sprinklered. We wish to mechanically lock (no auto unlock feature) floors 2-7 (Floor one being …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 25, 2019
Behavioral HealthDoor LocksFire Drills

Q: I work at a hospital that has just partnered with a Behavioral Health organization. We have renovated a floor and will be opening up soon. My question is this: …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 25, 2019
Door LocksDoors

Q: I have been asked by a clinic manager at one of our primary care clinics to install a door knob on a split Dutch type door that goes into …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 28, 2019
Door Locks

Q: When deactivating a magnetic lock but leaving it in place, what is the exact/excepted wording used noting that this magnetic lock is no longer in use? A: What you …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 19, 2019
Door LocksAccreditation

Q: For clinical needs locks, can occupants pass through four locked doors (patient room door, a cross-corridor door, another cross-corridor door, and a door at exit discharge) in a required …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 20, 2019
Delayed EgressDoor Locks

Q: Lately, due to many different construction projects within this hospital, contractors install crash bars (aka panic bars) on doors that have locks for security reasons. The doors do lead …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 6, 2019
Inspection & Maintenance (Electrical)Door LocksAccreditationTesting (Fire Detection Systems)CMS

Q: Is there a code requirement for testing magnetic-locking devices, for a facility maintenance director? A: There is a requirement in NFPA 72-2010, section 14.4.5 that all interface devices (ie …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 29, 2019
Door Locks

Q: In a multi-tenant office building, can restrooms in the common areas have controlled card access and mag locks tied into the fire system on the entry/exit doors? A: Well, …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 13, 2019
SecurityDoor Locks

Q: Our hospital is not fully sprinklered and is not fully smoke detected, but we want to install an infant security locking system in our Mother/Baby unit. I discussed this …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 11, 2019
Door LocksDoors

Q: Is there a Life Safety Code requirement for door lever hardware to have a return, so as to not "hook" passing clothing, straps, purses during emergency evacuations? I swear …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 9, 2019
Door LocksArticle

Q: I have a question regarding access-control locks. I’m told that a PUSH TO EXIT button is required. My question: Is a PULL TO EXIT lever equivalent? A: No… I …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 5, 2018
Door LocksArticle

Q: A while ago, you made a posting that said a deadbolt lock on a door in the means of egress (such as an aluminum-framed glass sliding door at the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 12, 2018
Door LocksArticleStairwells

Q: Can a stairwell door that leads to the outside of a hospital be locked with a lock that requires a code to unlock it? I seem to recall that …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 11, 2018
Door LocksArticle

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals... Dead-bolt locks... Up until the 2012 edition of the Life Safety Code, dead-bolt locks were …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 31, 2018
Door LocksArticleFacility Services

Q: Is it a common practice to keep pharmacy access controlled doors so they will not unlock on a fire alarm activation? Texas Pharmacy board requirements to secure medications is …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 25, 2018
Door LocksArticleFacility Services

Q: I am a consultant and I have a 30% sprinklered high rise hospital with locked psychiatric units. The state authority made them unlock the stairwell doors under the 2000 LSC …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 26, 2018
Door LocksArticle

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen when consulting at hospitals... So, here we have another exit door that is equipped with a manual latch-bolt. I …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 15, 2018
Door LocksArticleDoors

Q: As I understand the Life Safety Code, doors opening from a patient floor corridor into a patient room do not have to latch. I have a room next to …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 5, 2018
Door LocksExitsArticle

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen when consulting at hospitals... Isn't this a winner...? I should submit this picture to Lori Greene so she can …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 22, 2018
Q&ADoor Locks

Q: Regarding a recent question on access-control locks, you said the egress side of the door is required to have motion sensors and a wall-mounted “Push to Exit” button. Does …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 20, 2017
Q&ADoor Locks

Q: In follow up to your articles on locks on doors, we are a mental health facility and have mag-locks operated by swipe cards / fobs. The same doors also …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 1, 2017
Q&ADoor LocksStairwells

Q: We have a potential elopement risk at the nursing home where I work. A patient gets into the stairwell and down to the first floor and exits the building …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 16, 2017
Q&ADoor Locks

Q: I currently serve as plant operations director at a nursing home in east Tennessee. State surveys questioned the locking arrangement on bathroom doors used both by the public and …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 9, 2017
Q&ADoor Locks

Q: Is it legal for a deadbolt lock to have a thumb turn on the inside where the user needs to "push and turn" to open rather than just turn …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 19, 2017
Q&ADoor LocksDoors

Q: Is it allowed to use door wedges to keep the exam doors locked? If an intruder enters our hospital, there was some talk about using the door wedges to …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 14, 2017
Q&ADoor LocksOperating Room

Q: Our operating rooms were constructed with deadbolt locks on each surgical room. I'm told they did this to keep someone from entering the room during a case. Since this …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 17, 2017
Mechanical RoomsQ&ADoor Locks

Q: The computer server is located in the mechanical room. IT wants the room locked for HIPAA compliance. Is it permissible to lock a mechanical room? Doesn't locking compromise access …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 15, 2017
Q&ADoor Locks

Q: Does section 7.2.1.5.10.2 of the 2012 edition of the LSC, which prohibits more than one releasing actions to operate the door apply to office doors within a healthcare occupancy? …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 12, 2017
Q&ADoor LocksPatient Rooms

Q: Are locks permitted on patient room doors? Where can I locate the NFPA requirements for adding new hardware to patient room doors? A: Section 19.2.2.2.2 of the 2012 Life …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 3, 2017
Q&ADoor Locks

Q: I’ve read from your column that dead-bolt locks are not permitted on doors in hospitals, but I’ve seen in other facilities where dead-bolt locks are installed on bathroom doors …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 16, 2016
Door LocksExitsArticle

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals.... This series of pictures is just plain sad... and wrong. The top picture shows a …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 24, 2016
Door LocksArticle

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals.... This is a picture of a door to an exit stairwell. Note that there is …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 10, 2016
Q&ADoor Locks

Q: While conducting fire drills in the hospital, one of the questions on our drill evaluation sheet is, "Did the security doors in the fire zone release properly?" We have …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 12, 2015
Fire AlarmDoor LocksArticle

I received a telephone call recently from a lawyer that asked me if I would be willing to serve as an expert witness in a pending litigation suit. The situation …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 26, 2015
Q&ADoor Locks

Q: We have a separate building on our campus that includes our behavioral health unit, along with related offices and meeting rooms for the support staff. The behavioral health unit …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 5, 2015
Door LocksArticleDoors

Hospitals want to keep their nurseries, mother/baby units, and pediatric units secure, so they lock the doors. This causes a problem with the Life Safety Code because you can't lock the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 23, 2014
Q&ADoor Locks

Q: We have been asked to install a lock on a door in the path of egress through an office. For security reasons they would like to lock the doors …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 8, 2014
Q&ADoor LocksStairwells

Q: During a recent survey, the surveyor said a card reader on the stairwell door cannot be located on an adjacent wall or door frame, but it must be an …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 14, 2014
Q&ADoor LocksSoiled Utility Room

Q: Where is the reference in the Life Safety Code that requires the doors to housekeeping or soiled utility rooms to be locked? I have a Risk Management director that …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 31, 2014
Ambulatory Care OccupancyDoor LocksArticle

A friend of mine was working on a project involving ambulatory health care occupancy, and they wanted to use a delayed egress lock on an interior door. The 2000 Life Safety …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 27, 2014
Q&ADoor LocksDoors

Q: A surveyor cited us for not having positive latching doors to our entrance of the ICU suite. We have magnetic-locks on those doors and pointed out that they serve …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 1, 2013
Door LocksArticleDoors

If you search my website on door locks, you will find a few entries concerning dead-bolt locks. For decades hospitals seem to have installed dead-bolt locks on any door they …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 2, 2013
Fire AlarmDoor LocksArticle

Outside of the healthcare setting, locks on doors are utilized nearly everywhere we go, and we don’t give it much of a thought. But in the highly regulated industry of …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 18, 2013
Q&ADoor Locks

Q: In a Psychiatric hospital emergency room, are patient holding rooms allowed to have dead bolts on the corridor side with no thumb latch on the inside of the room? …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 31, 2013
Life Safety CodeDoor LocksArticle

NOTE: My good friend Lori Greene from Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies had this comment posted on her website /blog: www.idighardware.com last August 15th, addressing the testing requirements for delayed egress locks I …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 6, 2012
Door LocksArticle

I was recently asked to explain the difference between delayed egress (DE) locks and access controll (ACE) locks, and what are their applications. The main difference between DE and ACE locks …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 16, 2012
Door LocksArticleCorridors

Utility rooms, whether they are clean utility rooms, or soiled utility rooms, are not required to be locked according to any NFPA standard, Joint Commission standard or CMS Condition or …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 30, 2012
Life Safety CodeDoor Locks

As we discussed in the previous posting, the healthcare chapters of the Life Safety Code allows for three (3) special locking arrangements: Clincal needs Delayed egress Access control The phrase …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 24, 2012
Life Safety CodeDoor Locks

Electrically locked doors. The 2000 edition of the LSC does not discuss them, directly. However, it does talk about the three types of locks that are permitted in hospitals: 1) …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 22, 2012
Q&ADoor Locks

Q: Are dead-bolt locks permitted on patient room doors, to keep unauthorized people from entering the rooms? We have dead-bolt locks on the patient room doors in our behavioral health …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 1, 2012
SuitesQ&ADoor LocksDoors

Q: We recently had an inspection in our hospital where the inspector cited us for our suite doors not having positive latching. The suite doors have 1500 pound access-control magnets …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 6, 2011
Q&ADoor Locks

Q: I was recently informed by a contractor the magnetic locks that we use to lock our ER department doors are not allowed to be connected to our emergency generator …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 1, 2011
Q&ADoor Locks

Q: During a recent inspection, the surveyor cited our hospital for having dead-bolt locks on our patient room doors. None of the doors were locked at the time of the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 1, 2010
Q&ADoor Locks

Q: What is the LSC stance on card swipe systems to access doors? We were told by a city inspector that we could not install access control locks because we …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 1, 2010
Q&ADoor Locks

Q: We have multiple paths of egress from an area used by our Bio-Med staff, and for security reasons we lock the doors to and from this area. This is …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 1, 2010

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