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IAHSS Announces New Guideline- Duress and Panic Alarms and Response

Friday, June 7, 2019   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Matt Zach
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The International Association for Healthcare Security & Safety (IAHSS) announces the release of a new industry guideline titled “Duress and Panic Alarms and Response” under the category of “Systems”.  The guideline was developed by the IAHSS Council on Guidelines.


Dave Brown, Chair of the IAHSS Council on Guidelines, noted, “Modern technology, such as the use a panic and duress alarm systems, can enhance site safety on any size campus. The new Duress and Panic Alarm Guideline can assist in guiding security programs in the appropriate use of this technology.”  The guideline opens with the statement that “Duress and panic alarm systems may be used as an additional layer of protection within the healthcare environment. Implementation of duress and panic alarm systems should have a defined purpose with consideration for the location, activation, response, system maintenance and testing.”


The IAHSS Council on Guidelines is comprised of volunteer IAHSS members who are seasoned healthcare security professionals and leaders. Each year the Council on Guidelines develops new industry guidelines and reviews existing guidelines on a three-year cycle.  All IAHSS guidelines are available electronically to IAHSS members via the IAHSS website.  The new guideline can be accessed by the public for a limited time at 





The International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS) is the only organization solely dedicated to professionals involved in managing and directing security and safety programs in healthcare facilities. IAHSS is a professional association with more than 2,000 members who are healthcare security, law enforcement, safety and emergency management leaders.  For fifty years, IAHSS has educated and served members and the profession by offering exclusive resources and benefits including industry and design guidelines, local and international educational and networking opportunities, and the celebrated bi-annual Journal of Healthcare Protection Management.  IAHSS has certified tens of thousands of dedicated professionals who keep healthcare facilities, patients, staff and visitors safe. IAHSS offers the Basic, Advanced and Supervisor certifications, a Safety Certificate Program, and maintains the prestigious Certified Healthcare Protection Administrator (CHPA) certification, the standard for the healthcare security leader dedicated to the profession.  Learn more at  


leon floyd says...
Posted Wednesday, November 13, 2019
How can I obtain a copy of the new Duress and Panic Alarms and Response guidelines?

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