Security in Office Buildings

Six Areas to Consider

1. Main Entrance Doors

Main entrances to offices are a hub of activity, with employees and guests coming and going throughout the workday. It's important that these openings allow for monitoring of traffic flow and building access while protecting the office from unauthorized visitors, theft and vandalism.

2. Office and Storage Room Doors

Offices and storage rooms are used constantly throughout the workday. Because these rooms need to be accessible, they must remain unlocked during the workday. After hours, these openings may be locked, but cleaning or maintenance staff needs access to these rooms.

3. High-Security Area Doors

Whether it's a server storage room, a patient, customer or business records storage room, an in-house pharmacy or a laboratory, some rooms require the highest level of security and should only be accessible to authorized staff.

4. Emergency Exit Doors

Emergency exits are one of the most important openings in a building. Employees and visitors must be able to easily evacuate in the event of an emergency, such as a fire. These doors also must be compliant with building, [fire] and ADA codes.

5. Stairwell Doors

Easy and safe access to your building's stairwell doors by authorized personnel is important. These doors must remain closed for fire safety compliance and the locks must release with the fire alarm for quick and easy exiting.

6. Conference Room Doors

Conference rooms must remain unlocked for most of the day and must typically accommodate large groups for a meeting or public event during working hours or after business hours.

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