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Published on Oct 14, 2009
Commitment to compliance: Iron Mountain opens federal record facilities
In anticipation of the Oct. 1 deadline, Iron Mountain employed third-party, multi-disciplinary engineering teams to work with NARA to understand the requirements of CFR compliance. Iron Mountain then used these teams to design, build and audit each of its federal records facilities to ensure continuity of architectural design, building construction and final inspection. Each facility was thoroughly inspected by an independent engineering firm and certified as CFR compliant, allowing Iron Mountain to provide clients with proof of compliance and ultimately peace of mind that their federal records are being stored in a CFR-compliant Federal Records Center.
Iron Mountain has made significant investments in the infrastructure and systems of these facilities to ensure they meet or, in some cases, even exceed CFR requirements. Iron Mountain sited and built its four federal records facilities based on hundreds of criteria related to security, topography considerations like the location of flood plains, fire protection, disaster recovery and environmental controls like air quality. The facilities include:
Stringent security protocols, such as perimeter fencing, so-called man and vehicle traps, motion sensors, closed-circuit television and restricted security card access; Advanced fire suppression systems featuring three-hour, fire-resistant walls; patent-pending, roof-support structures for independent storage chambers; and advanced smoke detection systems capable of detecting smoke before its visible to the human eye; Protective environmental controls, including double-piped, water-supply systems to prevent leaks and mold-protection ventilation systems in each storage chamber; Key facility protocols for redundant power sources, rerouting of fuel lines to the exterior of the facility, and horsepower limits on any equipment within a storage area.