Watch for these ten things when assessing school safety

WP_7329_590x332Safe School Week (October 19-25) is a time for schools to take stock of their security practices. Consequently, Allegion, a supplier of security products and solutions, has released a list of ten things that might actually put students and staff at greater risk of harm:

  1. Door hardware that forces an individual to step out of the room to lock the door, exposing that person to the intruder or conflict in the hallway.
  2. Hardware with “unrestricted ability” to lock or unlock the door. This lets anyone – including students – take control of an opening.
  3. Magnets or tape on the door to prevent latching. Not only is this a code violation if the door is fire-rated but, in lockdowns, one wants the door to latch without having to open the door first.
  4. School doors that don’t automatically close or can be left propped open, potentially preventing them from being in a ready position during an emergency lockdown.
  5. Security devices that are not permanently attached to the door, requiring staff to locate and attach the device in the midst of a lockdown emergency where seconds count and physical and emotional stress is extreme.
  6. Hardware that slows or prevents egress during an emergency situation.
  7. Devices which attach to the door closer arm to prevent the door from being opened. This is a violation of the egress codes.
  8. Floor bolts or other devices that obstruct the door and don’t let it close.
  9. Anything that prohibits entrance or restricts the normal function of the door hardware by emergency responders.
  10. Any option that might be accessed or used by an unauthorized person acting with ill-intent. This could be a student, visitor or another staff member.

Allegion offers a free school security assessment that can help school administrators find avenues to fund door hardware upgrades that will provide the right type of security. For more information about how to improve¬†school security or the free safety assessment, visit the company’s website.

Capital Safety first manufacturer with ISO 17025 accreditation

Capital SafetyIn October 2012, compliance for the new ANSI standard for Qualification and Verification Testing went into effect. This umbrella standard applies to all products and industries within the ANSI Z359 Fall Protection Code. ANSI Z359.7 requires all products be tested and verified by an ISO 17025 accredited lab, and the sheer volume of products to be tested has resulted in a lengthy waiting period for most manufacturers.

Capital Safety is the first fall protection manufacturer to have an ISO 17025 accredited lab on-site, allowing the company to test and recertify products more quickly than average. Customers can also easily download and print necessary Certificates of Compliance through the Capital Safety website.

Capital Safety has been accredited to ISO 17025 since June 2009. They credit their success to their investment in an on-site accredited lab and their strong support of ANSI safety standards.