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.

Brad Keyes
Brad Keyes, CHSP

Brad is a former advisor to Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) and former Joint Commission LS surveyor. He guides clients through  organizational assessment; management training; ongoing coaching of task groups; and extensive one-on-one coaching of facility leaders. He analyzes and develops leadership effectiveness and efficiency in work processes, focusing on assessing an organization’s preparedness for a survey, evaluating processes in achieving preparedness, and guiding organizations toward compliance. 

As a presenter at national seminars, regional conferences, and audio conferences, Brad teaches the Keyes Life Safety Boot Camp series to various groups and organizations. He is the author or co-author of many HCPro books, including the best-selling  Analyzing the Hospital Life Safety Survey, now in its 3rd edition. Brad has also authored a variety of articles in numerous publications addressing features of life safety and fire protection, as well as white papers and articles on the Building Maintenance Program. Currently serving as the contributing editor of the monthly HCPro newsletter Healthcare Life Safety Compliance  gives Brad further insight into the industry’s trends and best practices.