DHI Advocacy

We are proud of the fact that, for over 100 years, our industry has protected students, teachers and staff in schools across the country. We are the experts of the doorways that provide security and safety to the people in those buildings. This requires designing and providing door openings that adhere to building, fire, and life safety codes and standards along with disability laws that have been developed by many stakeholders over a century and were designed specifically for schools to protect lives in various emergency conditions.

Our members are experts in their field. Door and Hardware Institute has proudly served door security and safety professionals (and the dynamic companies they represent) in the non-residential construction industry for 45 years. Our association provides technical training and certifications that are highly respected marks of our industry expertise. Our training takes years to master and culminates in very rigorous examinations. This is because our solutions are held to the highest of standards and save lives during tragic events.

As an industry, we know from years of witnessing disastrous events that codes, standards and disability laws are effective when they underpin the design of door openings. Unfortunately, when not properly employed, the result can be devastating.

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DHI School Safety and Security Policy Principles

DHI has proudly served door security and safety professionals—and the dynamic companies they represent—in the non-residential construction industry for 45 years. DHI members are industry experts in providing life safety and security solutions, including in school environments. We offer solutions to help protect the lives of students, faculty, and staff. DHI’s School Safety and Security Policy Principles document outlines our position and solutions to this critical issue. You can utilize this document to help us advocate for our industry’s expertise as providers of proven door hardware solutions that protect lives.



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Industry Partners

DHI has been long time members and partners with several associations who advocate on behalf of small businesses, distribution and the legislative issues that impact our industry. These organizations’ benefits are passed along directly to corporate members and help us engage in key advocacy positions impacting the industry. These partners include:

National Association of Wholesale Distributors (NAW)

The National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW) is composed of direct member companies and a federation of international, national, regional, state and local associations and their member companies, which collectively total more than 30,000 employers, with locations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. NAW-affiliated companies are a constituency at the core of our economy—the link in the marketing chain between manufacturers and retailers, and commercial, institutional and governmental end users.

NAW’s mission is to advocate its members’ interests on national public policy issues that affect the entire wholesale distribution industry. NAW assists merchant wholesaler-distributors to be the most efficient channel for bringing goods to market through benchmarking, strategic management information, networking and high-level conferences.

The Small Business Legislative Council (SBLC)

The SBLC represents nearly every sector of our economy and has become a unified force that is respected throughout the government.

The SBLC is concerned with the small business community as a whole, the issues on which the Council acts are those which affect all small businesses. These matters include taxes, liability insurance, budget, antitrust enforcement, employment issues, government procurement, environment, and establishment of a small business voice in Washington, venture capital, and other small business financing mechanisms.

School Security and Safety Partnerships

DHI has partnered with organizations and alliances to further our ability to advocate for safe and secure schools across the U.S. These partners include:

Door Security & Safety Foundation (DSSF)

We engage with all stakeholders in the building construction community to advocate for knowledgeable experts such as DHI-credentialed professionals. Our work is currently focused on healthcare facility maintenance directors, engineers and mechanics for our awareness and education activities surrounding fire door inspection requirements. We also have a campaign for school administrators called “Opening the Door to School Safety” about the dangers of temporary door locking devices and advocating for those with expertise about the opening to provide code complaint solutions. You can learn more about this campaign at www.lockdontblock.org.

Security Industry Association (SIA)

The Security Industry Association is dedicated to working to enhance the safety and security of schools in the United States. SIA supports increased federal assistance to schools struggling with the cost of meeting security needs, the adoption of successful state school security assistance programs and initiatives and nationwide use of best practices for school security.

Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS)

First established in 2014, the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS) is a 501c3 organization which brings together expertise from the education, public safety and industry communities to develop and support a coordinated approach to making effective use of proven security practices specific to K-12 environments, and informed decisions on security investments.

Building Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA)

The Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA®) is the trade association for North American manufacturers of commercial builders' hardware. BHMA® is involved in standards, codes and life safety regulations and other activities that specifically impact builders’ hardware performance standards for locks, closers, exit devices and other builders’ hardware. It the only organization accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to develop and maintain builders’ hardware performance standards.