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Where To Place Enter And Exit Signs

Everyone has seen those enter and exit signs in a business leading folks to the appropriate portal to the outside world.  However, many companies ponder where to place that signage and wonder whether it is actually a necessity.  OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) standard 1910 provides the legal rules regulating all enter and exit signs within a business and how they work for the people employed there or visiting the establishment.

To egress, or get out of,  an establishment, it is necessary to have the right words of direction leading people to and from the appropriate doors.  However, knowing where to place the informational words of direction is often difficult.  The OSHA has assisted with this task offering a guideline that keeps the establishment legal while securing the safety of people within those walls.

Every door within a building must be marked according to OSHA 1910.37(b)(5).  The portal must be marked appropriately for coming and going usage or marked clearly with a “Not An Exit” placard.  They also must be marked indicating its true usage such as a closet or bathroom.

All enter and exit signs must be lit to a value of at least 54 lux, or the equivalent of five candles.  In addition, the coloration must be distinctive, allowing people to recognize the postings.  OSHA1910.37(b)(6).

Each type of egress posting must be at least 5 inches tall and utilize lettering that is legible by all.  What good is insuring proper OSHA protocol if the visitor cannot understand what is being stated?

In addition to the appropriate location, all types of signage must be adequately lit and easily reached without obstruction.  Furthermore, hazardous materials and other dangerous materials must be clear of the doorways.  Essentially, all doorways must be clear of debris and the paths to them must be cleared of any debris.

Along with the appropriate labels, arrows must be used to point in the direction of the egress if the path forks.  Of course, arrows must be clearly posted and can sometimes be included with the appropriate label, depending on the need of the business or establishment.

Other popular types of enter and exit signs may direct traffic.  For instance, a door may have a label for 'entering only'.  There are numerous methods of getting folks to where they need to go without injury or blocking the path.  Sometimes, directional labels help keep everyone safe while insuring that all proper governmental regulations are followed by said establishment.

Getting the right type of labels is a vital part of the process.  There are numerous types and styles of labels allowing the purchaser to choose what works best for the establishment, stay within the budget, all while insuring that proper OSHA regulations were followed.

Enter and exit signs are amazingly effective ways for directing traffic.  Perhaps the owner or an employee knows the best way to get in and out of the building, but customers or visitors may require a bit more assistance in getting where they need to go.  Directing traffic is a safety precaution, and any doorway should clearly be marked to insure the proper flow of traffic.

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