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Verify that you correctly use access-controlled locks

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, May 1, 2010

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“Access-controlled locks are the most misunderstood locks out there,” says Brad Keyes, CHSP, life safety consultant at The Greeley Company, a division of HCPro, Inc., in Marblehead, MA.

You can find the provisions for locking doors in healthcare facilities in section 7.2.1 (means of egress chapter) and 18/19.2.2.2 (healthcare chapters) of the 2000 Life Safety Code® (LSC). When talking about locking doors, there are two main points to consider:

  • Ingress, or entering a room or building
  • Egress, or exiting a room or building 

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