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:
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:
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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