Biotechnology companies with lab spaces must meet the compliance standards of their regulating authorities. Organizations like the USDA, EPA, and FDA work to ensure that biotechnology and biopharma processes and products are safe for the health of humans, animals, and the environment.
The regulating authority varies depending on the type of work done by the company and the accreditations of the lab in question. However, each of these governing entities has specific requirements related to lab processes and quality control.
Biotech organizations must be able to create clear audit trails to demonstrate that they meet the compliance standards of their regulator. An experienced security partner can incorporate features into a biotech organization’s security strategy to make creating compliance reports for their governing authority easy.
An access control system makes it easy for labs to create audit trails of employee movement throughout a facility. With access control in place, each employee can be assigned a unique ID within the system, making it easy to see exactly where they’ve been and when they entered and exited a space.
Each employee’s profile can be customized to permit entry only to spaces they need to access. Permissions can be changed remotely in an instant, removing the risk of former employees or guests maintaining access to off-limits areas.
Two-factor authentication can prevent employees from lending access IDs to unauthorized individuals in spaces with higher security requirements, such as a server room or document storage room.
Integrating video surveillance with an access control system provides more robust security.
Video monitoring enables security managers to see who enters and exits lab spaces at any time. Surveillance footage makes it easy to verify whether an individual was accompanied or if they were carrying product with them when moving between rooms.
In labs that do not permit video surveillance inside the lab space, cameras can be placed at doorways to support an audit trail of anyone entering and exiting.
The bottom line
Selecting a security partner with experience working with biotech clients will ensure your security strategies are designed and implemented effectively. The American Alarm team has the industry experience and bandwidth to support and augment security infrastructure for biotech companies of all sizes and stages. Whether you’re looking for a single-site installation or a strategy supporting multiple locations, our team can help.