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Lockout/Tagout Solutions for Facility Managers

What is lockout/tagout?
Lockout/Tagout (aka LOTO) is a system that outlines measures for controlling hazardous energies like electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, chemical, and thermal. Industrial production facilities use lockout/tagout products to first lock a switch or valve with a safety device and to indicate when a piece of machinery or equipment should not be turned on until completion of maintenance or servicing work.

Why is lockout/tagout important?
The lockout/tagout standard is designed to protect the 3 million plus employees who service or maintain machines or equipment that may be exposed to serious harm or death if hazardous energy isn’t properly controlled. Non-compliance with this standard routinely results in worker related injuries and sometimes even deaths. According to the OSHA, compliance with the lockout/tagout standard prevents and estimated 120 fatalities and 50,000 injuries each year.

How do you protect your building and workers?
Employers are responsible for protecting employees from hazardous energy sources on machines and equipment during service and maintenance. Use only lockout/tagout devices authorized for the equipment and ensure that the lockout/tagout devices identify the individual users. Most importantly, make sure to have a documented and enforced energy control procedure for your building and its employees.

Where do you buy lockout/tagout supplies?
Harry’s Locksmith is a one-stop security shop for property managers in Vancouver and the Portland metro area. From padlocks to lockout kits and labels, we carry in stock Abus safety lockout/tagout solutions.

Harry’s Locksmith provides the products and services you need to help keep your building secure and OSHA compliant. The OSHA LOTO standard has 5 requirements that all safety products and devices must meet:
1) Durable
2) Substantial
3) Standardized
4) Identifiable
5) Exclusive for safety

Click here to read the full OSHA standard for The Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout), Title 29 Code of Federal Regulations.

For more information on LOTO products or to purchase LOTO supplies, give us a call at 360-696-4901.

 

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5 Keyless Entry Options for Businesses

We’ve all experienced that moment; you get to the door and suddenly realize you don’t have your keys. Maybe it’s just as you’re walking out of the building after work. Then, suddenly the door slams shut behind you. It’s too late to react. You’re already locked out.

It’s tough dealing with these types of situations, but your company still shouldn’t sacrifice security for convenience. We certainly understand that and we don’t believe you should have to. That’s why Harry’s Locksmith has the solutions for you. Here are our top five keyless entry options for businesses.

Biometric

Not only can forgetting or losing your keys be frustrating, but it can also compromise your security. Keys that are lost on the street can be picked up by anyone or duplicated so that you’re no longer in control of who can access your building.

If you want to have peace of mind by maximizing your building’s security, a biometric entry system may work best. Biometric locks are a secure option because they require you to verify your identity before gaining entry to a building. Additionally, such locks are able to time-stamp entries so that you know exactly who is entering your building and when.

Many biometric locks have a two-step authentication system for enhanced security. First, the device will scan your fingerprint to confirm your identity. Next, you’ll enter a code into a keypad to unlock the door. Biometric locks are great options for small business owners since they can typically be programmed with up to 100 fingerprints.

Keypads

While biometric locks work well for smaller businesses or restricted access areas, you may want to select another option if you have a large business that sees a lot of foot traffic. Keypad locks are a good option because they allow quick access into a building by simply entering a code into a keypad. With these types of locks, you select between electronic and mechanical.

Electronic keypads are battery operated and light up by touch. This is an excellent feature if you have people entering your building after dark. The light will make it easier for access codes to be entered quickly and accurately. The important thing to remember with electronic keypads is that you’ll need to change the battery every so often or you may get locked out. Electronic keypads are often equipped with a backup key for that very reason.

Mechanical keypads are a good alternative if you don’t want to switch out batteries. One downside of keypads, however, is that once someone leaves your company, they’ll still have access to your building unless you change the code. That’s less than ideal if you have a company with a high turnover rate. In that case, you may want to explore other options.

Key Fobs

Key fobs are electronic devices that can be scanned in front of a reader. The reader takes the data from the fob and transmits it to a central server, which will then grant access to the building. Key fobs are great keyless entry options for large businesses for a couple of reasons. First, the system retains the scanned information so you’ll have a record of who entered the building at that time. Second, the device can be deactivated once an employee leaves the company.

With key fobs, you can also customize access to each individual fob. That means if you want certain parts of your building to remain restricted, you can make sure only certain key fobs are activated to gain entry to those particular areas. With customization options and easy deactivation, key fobs are an excellent way to make sure your business remains secure.

Intercoms

Certain buildings, particularly those occupied by children, benefit from the use of intercom systems. Intercom systems are typically equipped with video and enhance security to make sure that whoever comes to the door is thoroughly vetted prior to entry. Once a person’s identity has been verified, the intercom system’s master user can press a door release button. That button is connected to electronic locking hardware, such as an electric strike. Once pressed, the button will disable the lock so that the person can gain entry into the building.

Another way intercom systems keep your building secure is by storing video so that it can be viewed at a later time. This is particularly important if you need to go back and review building entry footage for any reason.

Smart Locks

In today’s world, there are all sorts of smart devices. This includes door locks. With smart keyless entry, access to your building is literally at your fingertips. By using your smartphone, you can lock or unlock your building remotely. Have someone swinging by? You can unlock the door for them without having to physically go to your building. You can also give your employees digital keys and receive notifications when your building has been accessed. This will allow you to monitor the building even when you’re away from town on a business trip, for instance.

Did you have an employee unexpectedly leave the business? You can easily revoke access remotely as well. At just the touch of a button, you can lock and unlock, and track your building even when you’re far away.

Are you ready to upgrade your building locks to a keyless entry system? Unsure which is the right option? Harry’s Locksmith is here for you. We want to help you find the perfect balance between security and convenience. You shouldn’t have to sacrifice one for the other and we’ll make sure you don’t have to. Give us a call and we’ll assess your building needs so that we can unlock the right solutions.

Advancements in Door Locking Technology You’ll Want to Know

As technology becomes more advanced, thieves and burglars become more sophisticated. From identity theft to telephone spoofing, criminals are getting more creative in how they target you and your belongings.

Fortunately, even as these scams and schemes have become more advanced, so too has the technology to combat them. Harry’s Locksmith, your longtime North Portland locksmith, offers top of the line door locking technology that will protect you and your valuables. We’ll go over some of the more recent advancements in door locking and tell you how to best safeguard both your safety and security.

One of the more common (and avoidable) mistakes a homeowner can make is not locking the door at all. How many times has each of us left for vacation and wondered if we turned off the stove? Or been hours down the road and begun to question if we left the front door unlocked? With technological advancements, that problem has now been solved.

Many smart locks, such as Nexia Home Intelligence, enable you to control your door locks from the convenience of your mobile phone. Using an app, you can control your lock from virtually anywhere. You can even activate private codes for up to 19 friends and family members, allowing others entry to your house even when you’re away.

Need a cat sitter while you’re away for a few days? You can give your sitter temporary access to your home for a set time period. You can then revoke that access as needed. No more worrying about the ex who still has keys to your house! Removing the need for physical keys, smart locks like Nexia ensure that you’re always in control of who has access to your home.

Some even include advanced features, such as taking photos of each person who gains entry into your house—that way you can monitor who is accessing your home and at what times.

If you’re someone who often misplaces your keys, then fingerprint door locks are another good option. Fingerprint locks eliminate the need to carry keys or memorize access codes. Instead, unlocking your front door is quite literally at your fingertips.

Many fingerprint door locks have automatic features as well, eliminating the need to manually lock the door, or worry about whether you did so. You can also store multiple fingerprints so that other family members will have access to the home when you’re away.

In addition to making it more difficult for others to pick your lock or otherwise gain entry into your home, smart locks also have the ability to alert you when someone does gain access. The Schlage Connect Touchscreen Deadbolt, for instance, will emit a loud beep when it senses activity, such as movement around your front door, tampering, or forced entry. This will enable you to quickly detect when you have an unexpected houseguest. In fact, the Schlage Connect Touchscreen Deadbolt has received the highest possible grade in security, durability, and finish.

Of course, the best advancements in door locking technology will enhance both security and convenience. As technology advances, we have the opportunity to do more with less. In addition to keeping your home secure, many smart door locks will also control other features of your house.

The Yale Real Living Keyless Touchscreen Deadbolt, for instance, connects with your home’s smart devices so that you can turn on lights or even the coffee pot upon arriving home. It also protects your privacy. If you’re having a romantic dinner, select the privacy mode, which will temporarily lock out everyone that has an access code to your home.

Furthermore, some smart locks take your safety one step further. In addition to safeguarding your home against burglars, they enhance your safety by communicating with other life-saving devices. For instance, you can have doors unlock when a smoke or carbon monoxide detector is triggered, enabling you to more quickly exit your home in an emergency situation.

Another way smart locks make life simpler and more convenient? Not only do they help you keep better tabs on your home, they also have the ability to help you keep better tabs on your family.

Have an unruly teenager who likes to sneak out of the house or break curfew? Certain smart locks, such as Lockitron, will help you monitor the comings and goings of your child. Lockitron will send text alerts to your smartphone, allowing you to know when the door has been opened. Such features help to keep your family safe in more ways than one.

Some smart locks can be installed over your existing locks; others will need to have a new system installed altogether. Whatever lock you ultimately choose, Harry’s Locksmith will ensure that installation is quick and easy.

We’ve been operating as a North Portland locksmith for seven decades, providing a range of commercial, residential, and automobile services. We’ll make sure your home is secure. After all, thieves and burglars are often looking for easy access and entry. Simply having the most advanced technology often serves as a deterrent.

Days of leaving keys under the front doormat for visitors and neighbors are gone. Today, you have to be much more savvy when it comes to protecting your space. Using some of these advancements in door locking technology will help keep your family safe.

If you’re trying to decide the best lock for your home or office, contact your North Portland locksmith today. We’ll assess your needs and help you determine which door locking technology is the best fit for you. Security is our top priority. Give us a call so we can make sure it’s also yours.