Pretty simple, Maglocks should only be used as the last resort wihen trying to secure a door with electrified hardware. While they are cheap retro-fits in the long run the Life Safety/Egress complications that come from using them cause more issues then getting the correct type of opening to not use a Maglock.
Call a Professional Door/Locking Hardware Specialist and do it right the first time, there are a few options like closets and such where a maglock might be acceptable.
Ah, that makes sense. Canadian code does not generally prohibit maglock use, however, which is the point of my response. Many of those additional requirements you cite do not apply to every occupancy group or grandfathered buildings without fire alarms.
I am going to clarify in your initial post you are speaking of Canadian NBC.
In the UK Maglocks are typically fitted with Emergency Break Glass Units ( BGUs) on the secure side of the door in additional to the integration with fire protection systems.
This provides at the door life safety override of the lock. This does introduce an element of security risk as it is not unknown for these units to be accidentally or deliberately operated outside of an emergency event. These units should always be monitored by the access control system using a relay on the power supply side (or they can be purchased with build-in trip switch) and should report any activation of the unit. Any activation should be investigated a matter of course.
Well done Brian. You've outlined the options and proper use of these enormously popular locking options in our industry. Whilst I fully agree with those who champion the 'correct' options for securing emergency exits I have to point out that I've seen MANY instances of chained and padlocked exits where, in desperation, the building managers have chosen a fatal option. The well installed and crucially, maintained, mag lock installation is never fatal to the end user.
I am hoping someone with more experience will help me understand why every egress door doesn't use an electric strike and panic bar. It seems to me if the strike fails secure, your building remains secure and still allow people to exit freely. The only positive of door hardware failing safe I can see is the access for emergency personnel to enter the building, but code requires a lock box so that doesn't make since. However building security is exposed with a simple power outage, just cut the power and you have access to anything.
I am sure I am over simplifying this, But for a new design a fail secure electric strike and panic bar makes since to me.
I am currently working on a site that has a pocket door with a shear maglock installed on side. One of the biggest issues I've noticed is the door swings as its closing and has to stop before the mag will lock due to the only track is on the top of door. This particular door is designed to be used in case of an active shooter is on site. If in case of an active shooter this door will need to lock fairly quickly. I thought about some kind of a guide system on the bottom but that would create a tripping hazard. what would be a good way to better secure this door?