What Do You Need to Know About Emergency Exits?

If you own or manage a business, then you know how critical it is to prioritize safety. In addition to having an evacuation plan and installing a security system, you’ll need code-compliant emergency exits throughout your commercial property. Learn more about how to ensure they meet the minimum requirements, below.

Your Guide to Code-Compliant Emergency Exits

What Is an Exit Route?

According to OSHA, an exit route is “a continuous and unobstructed path of exit travel from any point within a workplace to a place of safety.” All exit routes must have an access point (such as a corridor), an exit (such as a stairwell), and a discharge (such as a door) that leads outside.

What Are the Structural Requirements?

Your emergency exits must have the proper structure, lighting, and markings. OSHA requires that emergency exit signs be clearly marked with the word “Exit” and contain lighting that permits the average person to see them without any issues.

Additionally, the exit route must have lighting installed that permits visibility from the access point to the discharge. You may also need to include signs along the exit route that indicate the proper travel direction. If there are any doors along the route that do not lead outside, mark them with “Not an Exit” signs.

How Often Should You Test Them?

Ensure the safety and security of your property by testing your emergency route lighting approximately once per month. Illuminate the lights for a minimum of 30 seconds, and inspect them for any signs of failure. Once per year, illuminate them for a minimum of one-and-a-half hours to ensure your lights will work in the event of a more extensive emergency.

2 Responses

  • It’s interesting when you shared that the exit signage needs to have lighting that allows visibility from the access point to the discharge. This will ensure that everyone in the building will be able to look for it during emergency situations. I would like to think if a building owner needs to implement the signage, he should look for a reliable supplier that can provide it.

  • I didn’t know that OSHA required emergency doors in a building. I guess that makes sense with the fire hazards that are present. I’ll have to make sure that our warehouse is up to code.

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