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Understanding the importance of emergency exit routes

Posted by admin on April 25, 2013

One of the most effective ways to ensure that your workplace is safe is to have a well-thought out crisis management plan in place. Part of this means taking the time to identify all emergency exit routes. To help keep you and your workers out of harm's way, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) created a fact sheet that will allow you to learn more about these important means of egress:


What is an emergency exit route?

Sign of emergency exit in a Chinese airport

According to OSHA, there are three parts of an emergency exit route:

  • Exit access - Leads to an exit
  • Exit - Allows for safe travel to the exit discharge
  • Exit discharge - Leads to the street


How many exit routes does a workplace need to have?

People escape to fire exit door

In most cases, OSHA mandates there be at least two emergency exit routes. However, more may be required depending on the number of employees and size of the building. The only exception to this rule applies to smaller businesses where individuals can exit safely in the event of an emergency. In these cases, one route may be acceptable. As an employer, it's your job to make sure that you adhere to federal regulations and base the number of routes in place on the size of your company.


What businesses are required to have emergency plans?

Clipboard with Emergency Evacuation Plan beside Exit Door

In the event that you have less than 10 workers, your plan may be conveyed orally to everyone. Businesses with more than 10 employees must have this plan in writing.

Don't put your workers in danger. Keep them out of harm's way by downloading IndustrySafe's mobile app. This safety software can help ensure compliance with OSHA by allowing you to conduct on-site inspections, email reports from your mobile device and is compatible with Windows, Android, iPhone and BlackBerry phones. For more information, log onto our website, www.IndustrySafe.com.

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