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In conversations I’ve had with behavioral health and hospital facilities managers, they know that their inpatient entryway doors need to be ligature resistant. But their concerns heighten when The Joint Commission, an independent not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies U.S. health care organizations and programs, cites them for door safety problems. These risks must be eliminated within 30 days of notification. If the patient safety problem isn’t fixed, the facility will face fines and the potential cancellation of Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements. That elimination of funding can and has led to facility closures. So how can they easily bring their entryways in compliance?

Jesse Garcia, Jr. at Addax Locksmith Company in Brownsville, Texas, has been installing and repairing locks for 24 years.

David Eubank, manager and training manager at A1- Locksmith in Tarrant County, Texas has been a locksmith for 39 years.

When you work as many decades as these two locksmiths, you see and solve a lot of security issues. You find ways to install and rekey locks more efficiently. Fit more jobs in a week.

The challenge for Jesse and David is finding ways to augment their bread-and-butter locksmith jobs with new income streams that can grow their business. They’ve found a way and it’s making their customers happier. We asked them to share their trade secrets with you:

The most experienced locksmiths I know tell me, “If I can finish an installation or repair faster, I can fit more jobs in my schedule and make more money that week.” The challenge for them is how to shave minutes off each job. Here at SELECT, we heard what installers were saying and came up with four new time-saving products to add to their toolboxes.

SELECT Products Limited in Kalamazoo, Mich., recently hired Brandy Secor as its new customer service representative. Vice President-Sales and Marketing Steve Pyatte said Secor will assist customers with order processing and fielding questions about the company’s geared continuous door hinges and accessories.

Tammy Russell recently was promoted to customer service supervisor at SELECT Products Limited in Kalamazoo, Mich., it was announced today by Vice President-Sales and Marketing Steve Pyatte. In her new role, Russell will oversee the customer service team, processing orders and resolving product and transportation questions and concerns for the company’s geared continuous door hinges and accessories. She will also back up the accounting department.

Tara Mabin recently joined SELECT Products Limited in Kalamazoo, Mich., as their new customers service representative it was announced today by Vice President-Sales and Marketing Steve Pyatte. In her new role, Mabin will assist with order processing and answer customers’ product and transportation questions for the company’s line of geared continuous door hinges and accessories.

The standard for fire door safety

NFPA 80 2016 Standard for Fire Doors and Other Openings Protectives is the most current national standard. This latest edition continues to mandate annual inspections to meet local building, fire or life safety codes. NFPA 80 compliance is required for accreditation by The Joint Commission and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and to receive Medicare reimbursement. Many insurance companies also require NFPA 80 compliance before they underwrite commercial buildings.

It’s not enough anymore to have a “green” building. It’s now all about “high-performance buildings.” But what does that mean?

It has become the latest direction in how we need to think when designing new and redesigning existing buildings. And it goes beyond just “green” and/or LEED-certified. The trend is now to develop building components and systems to interact better with each other.


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