• Karen

    Karen D. Hamel, CSP, WACH, is a regulatory compliance professional, trainer and technical writer for New Pig. She has more than 22 years of experience helping EHS professionals find solutions to meet EPA, OSHA and DOT regulations and has had more than 100 articles published on a variety of EHS topics. Karen is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Walkway Auditor Certificate Holder (WACH), Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) trainer and hazmat technician. She also serves on the Blair County, Pa., LEPC and has completed a variety of environmental, safety, emergency response, DOT and NIMS courses, including Planning Section Chief. She has conducted seminars at national conferences and webinars for ASSE and other national organizations. She can be reached at 1-800-HOT-HOGS (468-4647) or by email karenea@newpig.com.

  • Realsays:
    09/26/2018 at 11:19 am Reply

    I thought 36″ wide clearance was required for all points in exit routes?

    • Karensays:
      10/03/2018 at 2:24 pm Reply

      Hi Real,

      Thank you for asking about this. OSHA actually permits exit access routes to be as narrow as 28 inches in some cases [29 CFR 1910.36(g)(2)]. As part of OSHA’s Means of Egress Regulation, the NFPA 101 Standard is incorporated into regulation by reference. This Standard also requires a minimum of 28 inches at all points [NFPA 101, 7.3.4.1.2] unless a greater width is required by another part of the standard.

      The 36-inch requirement has been adopted by many jurisdictions because most standard doors are at least 36 inches wide, to facilitate access for anyone with impaired mobility. Exit routes should never narrow at any point, so if the door is 36 inches wide, it makes sense that the rest of the exit rout is at least this wide. This is especially important (and is required) when there is only one exit route from a building.

      Please reach out if you have any further questions.

  • Darrinsays:
    09/26/2018 at 11:42 am Reply

    Great Checklist!

    Fun Fact: Helena, Montana allows ORANGE exit signs!

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