The Builders Hardware Manufactures Association (BHMA) says education and inspections
are essential for assuring a safe egress for building occupants during emergencies.
"Products and technology exists to allow safe egress while also preventing
unauthorized access," said Ralph Vasami, director of codes and regulatory
affairs for BHMA. "Tragic incidents emphasize the necessity for codes and
for vigilance on the part of building owners and managers in safeguarding means
BHMA says it is in support of having door inspections and maintenance requirements
included in building codes. It also proactively promotes ANSI/BHMA standards that
pertain to proper operation of fire doors and doors in the means of egress.
"The task of inspecting all means of egress from every building in the
country is enormous-no one agency can be expected to do it all," said Vasami.
"As such, it is necessary to develop simple inspection procedures for building
owners to follow.
For that small percentage of owners and managers that will not bring their
properties up to code, enforceable building codes must be in place."