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Did you know: Your lobbies, foyers and vestibules must meet these escape route regulations

by , 19 February 2014
Every business needs a proper emergency exit route. If you want to ensure you comply with this requirement, make sure your lobbies, foyers and vestibules are in line with dimension regulations for escape routes.

So what exactly is an escape route or exit route?

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration says an exit route is a continuous and un obstructed path of exit travel from any point within a workplace to a place of safety. It consists of three parts:

  1. Exit access. A portion of an exit route that leads to an exit.
  2. Exit. This is a portion of an exit route that's generally separated from other areas to provide a protected way of travel to the exit discharge.
  3. Exit discharge. The part of the exit route that leads directly outside or to a street, walkway, refuge area, public way.

And when it comes to being prepared for an emergency, you need to ensure your lobbies, foyers and vestibules are in line with dimension regulations for escape routes.

If any of your lobbies, foyers or vestibules (entry ways) forms part of your emergency exit route, it must:

  • Form the combined width of all (if more than one) escape route/s which open/s on to it or
  • Be 33% wider than the width you'll calculate using the population you expect to pass through as a basis, whichever is greater.

The Health & Safety Advisor says you're not allowed to display anything in lobbies that form part of your emergency exit routes unless they don't protrude more than 150mm into the lobbies.

That's not all.

You also can't carry out any business or activity in any lobby used in your emergency route unless your municipality has given you permission to do so.

Now that you know what the law says about emergency routes, make sure your lobbies, foyers and vestibules comply.

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