Electrical Times:  Safety starts at the front door

To prepare for a safe return to work, start with the front door

Colin Campbell, managing director at Codelocks, discusses strategies to help keep transmission rates low in shared spaces, as social contact increases

As the UK vaccine roll-out proceeds, we’re all counting the days until we can return to some kind of ‘normal’. When that happens, however, it seems likely that we’ll be far more cautious about human contact, and more aware of the need to limit the spread of infection.

In the meantime, businesses will be looking for new products and solutions to help prevent the spread of disease in offices, factories, retail spaces, sports facilities and other places where people meet in large numbers.


Throw away the key

Even in large buildings, where there is plenty of space for social distancing, doorways can create bottlenecks. One way to address this challenge is by offering modern access control solutions. The many different access control solutions currently available provide a range of advantages over the old-fashioned lock and key – and each has its own unique benefit. 

An RFID, or card-operated door controller, for example, is a simple and convenient way to provide contactless access to any premises. Similarly, card operated locker locks offer convenient and hygienic access to lockers for offices, factories and leisure facilities.

As employees return to the workplace, many will need to operate in shifts to allow for social distancing. Others will want to continue the flexible hours they have adopted at home. Code operated locks, ranging from simple mechanical models to feature-rich electronic designs, can help facilitate these changing work patterns by allowing personnel to access premises at any time of day or night, without the necessity for a keyholder to be on hand.

Smart locks, combining innovative technology with traditional access control features, give even greater convenience and control. A business owner can generate a single-use, time sensitive code, for example, and send it to an end user such as a delivery driver – removing the need for face-to-face contact. As smart locks can be audited, they also enable organisations to check who has accessed a given area at any time – helping to monitor social distancing.


Added peace of mind

However, coded locks and smart access solutions can only go so far in helping to reduce physical contact. That’s why Codelocks has a new coating available for its products that protects against viral transmission and reduces bacterial growth by over 99.9%*. Clean by Codelocks reacts with light and converts harmful bacteria and germs into a non-toxic compound, leaving a clean and hygienic surface – and it’s now available across our entire range.

The workplace is evolving, and the pandemic is accelerating the trend for smarter, more hygienic solutions in the built environment. Codelocks has been supplying convenient and secure access solutions to electrical contractors and installers for nearly thirty years, and Clean by Codelocks is another example of how Codelocks continues to meet the industry’s changing needs. 

As we adapt to the post-pandemic world, businesses will be increasingly looking for products that help their customers and employees adapt to the new normal, and allow people to gather safely once again. Keyless access solutions combined with an anti-bacterial finish will be a real market differentiator – making such products the smart solution for the workplace. 



*Clean by Codelocks is a brand name operated by Codelocks Ltd. to describe products that have been treated with the LumaClean™ Multipurpose Photocatalytic Coating manufactured by USA Nanocoat “the Manufacturer”. All test results, certifications and claims are those applied for or of the Manufacturer. Clean by Codelocks should be not be considered a replacement for an overall cleaning and disinfection strategy. No claim is made or implied that Clean by Codelocks provides infallible protection against agents that may be harmful in part or whole to humans or animals.


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14, Jun 2021

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