OSHA’s Means of Egress Requirements

egress-systemsIn order to help ensure safe means of egress, OSHA has laid out general standards that workplaces must adhere to for safe emergency exit placement, signage, and procedures.

First and foremost, in every public building or structure, exits must be arranged and maintained to allow free and unobstructed egress from any part of the building during all times that it is occupied. Even when maintenance or construction is being done on a building, a reliable means of egress must always be provided without obstruction.

OSHA also requires that exits be marked by “a readily visible sign.” The standard requires that exits are marked in all cases during which the exit or way to reach the exit is not immediately visible to the occupants of the building.

The safest and most effective way to adhere to OSHA’s standards is with glow-in-the-dark exit signs. As most public buildings must remain lit at any time that a person is present, glow-in-the-dark signs are constantly being charged by the ambient light around them. During lighted conditions, the signs are brightly printed so that they are readily visible. When the lights suddenly go out due to a blackout, as the result of a fire, or for any other reason, such signs will immediately begin to glow in the dark, providing a reliable and readily visible means of egress.

Electric means of egress are not as reliable at providing readily visible signage. Because they depend upon electricity, such signs will fail in blackout conditions. When an electric emergency sign stops glowing in a pitch black room, exits may become nearly impossible to find.

Another benefit of glow-in-the-dark exit signs is that they are significantly better for the environment. Companies who are interested in becoming more green can also become safer by switching their exit signs to GloBrite® Eco Exit signs. Whereas an electric exit sign can have a carbon footprint of almost half a million pounds of CO2 over the course of its life, glow-in-the-dark signs don’t require any electricity to operate. They are also 100% recyclable, non-radioactive, and non-toxic.

Learn more about OSHA’s means of egress standards and the benefits of glow-in-the-dark signs by contacting Jessup Manufacturing Company, the makers of GloBrite® egress systems, today.

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