The following should shed some light on what regulatory committees require by law as it pertains to exit signs. These exit sign regulations have been voted on by several government agencies, including OSHA and the NFPA. They have been mandated as a means to provide optimal safety, and to keep parties needing such regulations accountable for optimizing the safety of their location.
Emergency Exit Sign Regulations and Requirements
Every emergency sign must have the word “Exit” in plainly legible letters not less than six inches high, with the principal stroke of the letter three-quarters of an inch wide. Where the direction of travel to the nearest exit is not immediately apparent, an emergency exit sign or similar designation with an arrow indicating the direction to the exit is definitely required.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), along with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) provide the general requirements for a means of egress. Both institutions define a means of egress in the following way: “A means of egress is a continuous and unobstructed way of exit travel from any point in a building or structure to a public way, and consists of three separate and distinct parts.” Those three parts are defined as follows:
1. Exit access—The portion that leads to the entrance of an exit.
2. Exit—The portion that is separated from all other spaces of a building or structure by construction or equipment to provide a protected way of travel to the exit discharge.
3. Exit discharge—The portion between the termination of an exit area and a public way.
Ecolink can help further explain exit sign regulations, as mandated by OSHS and the NFPA. There is a lot of technical jargon involved, but Ecolink is ready and willing to help you completely understand what it is you need to do in order to ensure all safety regulations are met, and are viewed as satisfactory by the letter of the law.