The “Americans with Disabilities Act” requires commercial property owners to design their buildings, offices, store space, etc. in a manner that makes them fully accessible to people with disabilities. While the word “disabilities” has a broad definition, it speaks in particular of Americans with limited mobility (i.e. wheelchair bound or crippled) when applied to commercial building design.
Life Safety Compliance & Accessibility
Beginning in the early 1900s, hundreds of people lost their lives as a result of being trapped in burning buildings. Pioneers in the door hardware industry felt something had to be done to remedy this problem. Since that time many innovations and building code initiatives have been adopted to reduce the number of senseless fire related deaths.
Examples of life safety door hardware include:
- Panic Devices (Exit Devices)
- Automatic Door Openers
- Exit Control Locks
- Exit Alarms
HIPAA is an acronym for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. Though this legislation is far-reaching and complex, its overriding purpose is the protection and safeguarding of an individual’s medical records. One critical part of these guidelines is the physical security and tracking of those who handle such patient records. These same guidelines apply when handling all privileged information such as employee records, payroll information and sensitive internal records.
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) & North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC)
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) govern the nation’s energy industry and ensure the reliability of the U.S. and Canadian bulk electric power systems. They require a responsible entity to create and maintain a physical security plan that ensures that all cyber assets within an electronic security perimeter also reside within an identified physical security perimeter. The physical security plan must contain processes for identifying, controlling, and monitoring all access points and authorization requests. The Reliability Standard also requires that the logging of physical access must occur at all times.
PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)
PCI DSS provides an actionable framework for developing a robust payment card data security process including prevention, detection and appropriate reaction to security incidents.
Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
This act was passed specifically to address financial reporting for public companies. The accounting data that is the foundation for this financial reporting is invariably electronic-based and needs to be adequately protected and controlled. “SarbOx” requires the controlling of data and all risks inherent in traditional server room security. It addresses the specific solutions needed to protect electronic data and maintain compliance by controlling and tracking access to the organization’s server room, and consequently, its data.