Osha Egress Requirements

OSHA regulations ensure a way out for employees in an emergency.

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) exists to protect workers in all industries from accidents, injuries and potential disasters in the workplace. One of OSHA’s duties is to guarantee that employees are able to exit a building safely in case of an emergency, so it has developed codes to ensure that a means of egress, or exit, is always available during working hours.

Indoor Exit Routes

Except in workplaces where building design or the number of employees makes emergency evacuation by one route possible, there should be at least two exit routes, placed as far apart from each other as possible. Each exit route should be at least 78 inches high and 28 inches wide, should be separated from the workplace by fireproof material and should open onto an open space or courtyard.

Outdoor Exit Routes

Outdoor exit routes should be straight and smooth, have guardrails if there is a threat of employees falling and be covered or regularly cleared if there is a threat of snow or ice accumulating.

Exit Doors

Any exit door should be kept unlocked, be side-hinged and free of any obstructing device and swing out in the direction of travel.

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