An Exit Strategy is a plan for exiting a building or structure in an emergency. When entering a building, it is critical that you locate at least two ways out, keeping in mind that the way you came in (usually the front door) may not be the best way out.
Knowing how and when to get out of a building is critical in an emergency situation. All employees should be properly trained on emergency exit procedures, and evacuations should be routinely practiced.
Having a successful evacuation is dependent on having reliable exit routes. OSHA requires every workplace to have at least two evacuation exits or more depending on the size of the facility or workforce.
To keep exit routes safe, OSHA offers the following tips:
- Keep exit routes free of all clutter, equipment, locked doors and dead-end corridors.
- Be sure to keep highly flammable furnishings and decorations at a safe distance from emergency exits.
- Post signs along the walls indicating safe evacuation routes and be sure paths are well-lit.
- Arrange exit routes so employees will not have to travel past high-hazard areas unless absolutely necessary.
- Clearly label doors that can be mistaken for an exit with a sign reading “Not an exit” or indicating the room’s purpose, such as “Closet.”