Emergency events happen quickly. Exit routes are purposefully designed to allow employees to exit the building or structure safely during an emergency in the event an evacuation is necessary.
Exit routes, comprised of exit access, the physical exit, and the exit discharge, are direct paths, clear of obstructions that lead employees away from the workplace. Here are some* of the base requirements for exit routes:
- Exit routes must be permanent and contain enough exit options for a quick escape for all employees or workers.
- Exit doors must open outward.
- Line of sight to exit must remain clear.
- Doors that could be mistaken as exits should be marked with “Not an Exit” or other appropriate messaging.
- Exit doors must remain unlocked.
Your company’s emergency route action plan should contain procedure details focused on emergency reporting, emergency evacuation, exit route assignments, and post-evacuation, among others.*
Read the full OSHA Exit Route Factsheet for more information.
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*Information provided here is a high-level summary and is not exhaustive. Please reference the official OSHA website for complete details pertaining to means of egress.