This section of the HIPAA Security Final Rule includes those safeguards that are defined as the physicalmeasures, policies, and procedures to protect a covered entity’s electronic information systems and related buildings and equipment, from natural and environmental hazards, and unauthorized intrusion.

Physical safeguards are physical measures, policies, and procedures to protect a covered entity’s electronic information systems and related buildings and equipment, from natural and environmental hazards, and unauthorized intrusion.

Physical safeguards include physical security access, card access solutions, paper destruction procedures, and computer room access. There are four physical safeguards standards and these are:

  1. Facility Access Controls
  2. Workstation Use
  3. Workstation Security
  4. Device and Media Controls
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