Hospital Security: Access Control Through Design and Technology

Hospital Security: Access Control Through Design and TechnologyVaughn Brewer, Assistant Vice President, Facilities Management Group, Carolinas Healthcare System

One of the core responsibilities for health care, or any business, is the safeguarding of its people (staff, visitors or patients) and assets, but the appropriate level of security has long been debated. The organizations core security program requirement of any business is rooted in the OSHA General Duty Clause and tort law. The basic foundation is that any business that invites customers in must take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of occupants. Although OSHA recommendations and requirements center on the protection of employees, hospitals and businesses must also protect their guests and property from injury and theft as part of their overall risk management approach.