I spent most of last week in Arizona at the BHMA meeting, and I found this great (terrible) Wordless Wednesday photo for you. If you’re new to this site, the problem with this exit is that it has been modified for use as display space in a souvenir shop at the Phoenix airport. Doors in the means of egress must be visible, with no decorations, mirrors, curtains, or stuffed monkeys.
Several of you have asked about BHMA, and why I attend these meetings. BHMA is the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association, and I am a member of the BHMA Codes and Government Affairs Committee. The committee creates code change proposals, reviews proposals made by others, and sends representatives to the code development hearings to speak about the proposals as needed. But BHMA’s primary role is in ensuring the quality and performance of builders hardware. BHMA is the only organization accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to develop and maintain performance standards for architectural hardware.
Here is a short video from BHMA to explain product testing and the importance of BHMA certification: