How to Avoid Bad SCIF Door Installations

Written by Industrial Security Locking Systems on March 16, 2015. Posted in Technical Tutorials

One of the most challenging aspects of SCIF construction is the proper ordering and installation of the SCIF door. STC requirements have become much more stringent and testing methods far more sophisticated making accreditation more difficult to achieve.

Your installation may require a one piece welded frame or a two piece split frame to accommodate the SCIF wall being constructed. The sealing system must be compatible with the hardware installed on the door. The rough opening must meet minimum standards for anchoring and supporting a metal SCIF door.

Some Major Changes Regarding SCIF’s

Written by Industrial Security Locking Systems on October 14, 2014. Posted in All Articles

In November of 2012, the ICD 705 regulations went into effect replacing ultimately the DCID 6/9 and the JAFAN. This document was updated in April of 2013 to reflect the current standards we use today regarding SCIF construction. The purpose for the ICD 705 was to give a broad common standard that all US government, military and government contractors could use allowing for cross accreditation between agencies. Since the implementation of the ICD there have been some major changes in protocol as well as construction.

Tutorial: What You Need To Know About SCIF Door and Lock Technical Requirements Before You Build A SCIF

Written by Industrial Security Locking Systems on January 26, 2014. Posted in Technical Tutorials

Building a new SCIF or expanding an existing SCIF can be one of the most challenging endeavors you will ever face as a security professional.  Of all of the individual parts of this planning process, the SCIF door and lock may well prove to be the most difficult.  The purpose of this tutorial is to identify the steps involved in selecting the materials, building the rough opening, selecting and installing a metal acoustical SCIF door and life safety approved locks while still meeting all of the requirements, rules and laws involved.

October 2012 Deadline GSA Containers

Written by Industrial Security Locking Systems on May 21, 2013. Posted in Laws & Regulations

October 1, 2012 was the deadline for complying with ICD 705 Tech Specs regarding implementation of Federal specification FF-L-2740A referring to GSA containers.

Single Motion Mechanical Egress Explained

Written by Industrial Security Locking Systems on May 21, 2013. Posted in Laws & Regulations

Excerpts from a Presentation Given by Harry O’Haver President of Industrial Security Locking Systems, LLC on January 10, 2013

The most recently updated publication of ICD705 Tech Specs contains a number of significant modifications in requirements for SCIF doors and locks. One of the more significant changes deals with STC ratings for acoustical doors and in fact, the construction of the doors themselves. Prior to the new requirements of ICD705 you could use wooden doors if they had a STC rating of 45 or above. Since the new methodology for testing SCIF doors has changed, wooden doors without acoustical seals are not generally capable of meeting STC45 certification much less STC50 and metal doors are now a basic requirement.

How to Free a Jam in a High Security Level 6 Paper Shredder

Written by Industrial Security Locking Systems on June 4, 2012. Posted in Technical Tutorials

A shredder jam is one of the most common problems any of our customers run into. Especially when NSA approved high security paper shredders can only tolerate an average of 7 sheets per pass, a paper jam happens daily.

With a home paper shredder you’d probably just start yanking material out of the cutting heads and hope it comes back to life. But since a high security shredder is an expensive investment, it might be worth taking a little advice from a professional.

UL2050 Electronic Security

Written by Industrial Security Locking Systems on June 4, 2012. Posted in Laws & Regulations

When designing electronic security for a SCIF facility please keep in mind the parameters set in the National Industrial Security program Operator’s Manual (NISPOM) and the Director of Central Intelligence Directive (DCID) 6/9, Annex B

– Intrusion Detection Systems which will soon be replaced by the Intelligence Community Policy Guidance Number 705.7 (ICPG 705.7).

The electronics security system or IDS is comprised of 3 parts; intrusion detection devices, PCU and monitoring station. These three areas cover the detection and alarm reporting phase so that an alarm assessment and response to a SCIF intruder alarm can be made.

Life Safety Code – NFPA 101 Laws Covering Single Motion Egress Locks

Written by Industrial Security Locking Systems on June 3, 2012. Posted in Laws & Regulations

(Note: Some of the following excerpts from NFPA 101 have been paraphrased for the purpose of clarity.)

The primary clarification of NFPA 101 that refer to locks on doors in the means of egress is: The releasing mechanism “shall open the door leaf with not more than one releasing operation.”

 This means that:

 1)      You cannot have two locks on a means of egress door unless they can be opened from the egress side with one manual motion.

2)      You cannot have a combination lock and a leverset on a means of egress door (whether or not the combo lock is “normally open”) if you need two unlocking motions to exit.

NOTE: This represents a major shift from the “old philosophy” that combination locks are always considered to be unlocked when a room is occupied, or when the “safety pin” on the combination lock is used. 

3)      The same rules apply to a deadbolt and a leverset on a means of egress door.

4)      In addition to the two releasing motions prohibition, any door that has two locks either inside or outside of the means of egress must have “locks that have an obvious method of operation and that are readily operated under all lighting conditions.”  As an example, an CDX-10 combination lock clearly does not have an obvious method of operation from the egress side regardless of lighting conditions.  A latch or other fastening device on a door leaf shall be  provided with a releasing device that has an “obvious method  of operation” and that is “readily operated” under all lighting conditions.


 When dealing with the need to have a combination lock (mechanical or GSA approved electronic) and a leverset, or other exit device, on the same door you currently have one choice.  You should use the GSA FF-L-2890B approved Sargent and Greenleaf S&G 2890B single motion egress lock combined with either the S&G 2740B or the Kaba Mas X-10 electronic combination lock or remove one lock from the door.


 The single motion egress deadbolt must work on both out-swinging doors and in-swinging doors.  This is particularly important because there are NFPA 101 exceptions that allow certain “in-swinging doors” to be included in the means of egress. Doors leaves required to be of the side-hinged or pivoted- swinging type shall swing in the direction of egress travel where serving a room or area with an occupant load of 50 or more.

The S&G 2890B series locks will work on both out-swinging and in-swinging doors.  Additionally the S&G 2890B accepts either the S&G 2740B or Kaba Mas X-10 GSA approved electronic combination locks. (This meets the DoD/ FEDSTD FF-L-2740B and FF-L-2890B requirement for open storage of classified information).


Means of Egress

Written by Industrial Security Locking Systems on June 3, 2012. Posted in Laws & Regulations


For doors in the means of egress that have two or more locks installed a single motion mechanical lock must be substituted for the two locks.  The definition of single motion mechanical egress locks is:

  • The lock must have only one mechanical motion required to unlock all locks on the door.
  • As an example, doors that have a DoD/GSA approved electronic combination lock and another piece of exit hardware such as a leverset or exit bar, are not life safety acceptable as defined by NFPA101.
  • An example of such a single motion mechanical egress lock is the Lockmasters LKM7000 Series deadbolt.  These locks not only meet the NFPA101 requirements for life safety but additionally meet the DoD requirements for all locks in SCIF’s and other high security rooms must be deadbolts, not deadlatches.


3.3.136 Means of Egress. A continuous and unobstructed

way of travel from any point in a building or structure to a

public way consisting of three separate and distinct parts: (1)

the exit access, (2) the exit, and (3) the exit discharge.

Changes In Life Safety Laws For SCIF & Means Of Egress Doors

Written by Industrial Security Locking Systems on June 3, 2012. Posted in Laws & Regulations

Speech Given By: Harry O’Haver, President, Industrial Security Locking Systems, LLC
To the ISAC Conference April 5, 2011

First published in the 2003 version of NFPA101, new life safety laws covering doors with two or more locks on the same door were introduced.