Strange Observations – Part 28

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 not permitted on doors in the path of egress in healthcare occupancies.

The reason why is, it would take two actions to operate the door and the LSC does not allow that.

But the new 2012 edition of the LSC changed that a bit and permits existing dead-bolt locks to remain in service as long as the door does not serve more than 3 occupants.