OSHA Exit Routes and Emergency Planning Checklist

Use this OSHA Exit Routes and Emergency Planning Checklist to assess and enhance workplace safety, ensuring compliant and effective emergency protocols.

OSHA Exit Routes and Emergency Planning Checklist



Doors

1. Are doors that are required to serve as exits designed and constructed so that the path of exit travel is obvious and direct?


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2. Are exit doors and doors in the required path to the exit not locked, blocked, or otherwise obstructed?


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3. Can exit doors be opened from the direction of exit travel without the use of a key, tool, or any special knowledge or effort when the building is occupied?


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4. Do exit doors swing and are hinged on the sides?


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5. Are no revolving, sliding, or overhead doors serving as required exit doors?


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6. Does the panic hardware or fire exit hardware installed on required exit doors allow the door to open by applying a force of 15 pounds (6.80 kilograms) or less in the direction of the exit traffic?


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7. Do doors in cold storage rooms have an inside release mechanism that releases the latch and opens the door, even if the door is padlocked or otherwise locked on the outside?


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8. Where exit doors open directly onto a street, alley, or other area where vehicles may be operated, are adequate barriers and warnings provided to prevent workers from stepping into the path of traffic?


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9. For doors that swing in both directions and are located between rooms with frequent traffic, are they provided with viewing panels in each door?


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10. Are glass doors, glass panels in doors, windows, etc., subject to human impact, made of safety glass that meets the requirements for human impact?


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Emergency Action Plans

1. Is there an emergency action plan in place to guide employer and worker actions during workplace emergencies?


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2. Does the plan consider all potential natural or man-made emergencies that could disrupt the workplace?


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3. Does the plan consider all potential internal sources of emergencies that could disrupt the workplace?


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4. Does the plan consider the impact of these internal and external emergencies on workplace operations, and is the response tailored to the workplace?


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5. Does the plan contain a list of key personnel with contact information, as well as contact information for local emergency responders, agencies, and contractors?


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6. Does the plan contain the names, titles, departments, and telephone numbers of individuals to contact for additional information or an explanation of duties and responsibilities under the plan?


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7. Does the plan address how medical assistance will be provided?


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8. Does the plan identify how or where personal information on workers can be obtained in an emergency?


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9. Does the plan identify the conditions under which an evacuation would be necessary?


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10. Does the plan identify a clear chain of command and designate a person authorized to order an evacuation or shutdown of operations?


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11. Does the plan address the types of actions expected of different workers for the various types of potential emergencies?


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12. Does the plan designate who, if anyone, will stay to shut down critical operations during an evacuation?


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13. Does the plan outline specific evacuation routes and exits, and are they posted in the workplace where they are easily accessible to all workers?


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14. Does the plan address procedures for assisting people during evacuations, particularly those with disabilities or who do not speak English?


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15. Does the plan identify one or more assembly areas (as necessary for different types of emergencies) where workers will gather and a method for accounting for all workers?


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16. Does the plan address how visitors will be assisted in evacuation and accounted for?


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17. Does the plan identify a preferred method for reporting fires and other emergencies?


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18. Does the plan describe the method to be used to alert workers, including disabled workers, to evacuate or take other action?


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Exits, Exit Paths (Means Of Egress)

1. Are there sufficient exits to permit prompt escape in case of an emergency?


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2. Are the number of exits from each floor or level, and the number of exits from the building itself, appropriate for the occupant load?


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3. Are at least two means of egress provided from elevated platforms, pits, and rooms where the absence of a second exit would increase the risk of injury from hot, poisonous, corrosive, suffocating, flammable, or explosive substances?


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4. Are routes (means of egress) to exits marked with visible exit signs when not immediately apparent?


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5. Are all exits marked with exit signs that are illuminated either internally or by a reliable light source?


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6. Do exit signs have the word "EXIT" in lettering at least 6 inches (15.2 centimeters) high and the stroke of the lettering at least 3/4 inch (1.9 centimeters) wide?


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7. Are doors, passageways, and stairways that are neither exits nor access to exits but could be mistaken for exits appropriately marked, e.g., as "NOT AN EXIT," "TO BASEMENT," "STOREROOM," etc.?


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8. Is emergency lighting, where provided, tested for 30 seconds each month and annually for 90 minutes?


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9. Do ramps that are used as part of required exiting from a building have a slope limited to 1 foot (0.3048 meters) vertical and 12 feet (3.6576 meters) horizontal?


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