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XI Corridors and Exit Ways in Building

  • General
  • Unauthorized Storage in Corridors and Exits.

To ensure an adequate means of prompt and orderly evacuation of buildings in the event of a fire, chemical spill or other emergency, all exit ways and means of egress from buildings, particularly corridors, stairwells, and foyers leading to the exterior must be kept free from obstructions at all times. Placing objects in exit ways reduce the exit capacity.

Unauthorized Storage in Corridors and Exits

The storage of material in exit ways is prohibited.  Exit access corridors shall not be less than 6' wide (11-2.5.3 NFPA Life Safety Code).  In addition, corridors paths to safety showers and eyewash stations shall not contain obstructions or storage materials of any kind.

Miscellaneous Precautions

  1. Machine guards and safety devices are not to be removed or modified on any equipment (i.e. pump motors, fans, saws or lawnmowers).  Periodic inspection will be conducted to ascertain the presence and serviceability of safety features on equipment.
  2. Sharp or pointed objects, such as knives, pens, letters openers, scissors and pencils are not to be left on the edge of a desk or any place where they may cause injury.  They are to be stored/carried in a manner to avoid accident.
  3. Handle paper in a manner to avoid cutting hands on the edges.
  4. Avoid possible injury to the eyes by not throwing pens, paper clips, pencils and rubber bands.
  5. Employees whose duties involve the handling of money should wash their hands frequently to reduce the possibility of infection.
  6. Electric fans are not to be handled while in operation.  Placed the fans on the floor in a location where they aren’t likely to injure employees.  Fans are to have blades guards with opening not greater than 1" (inch).
  7. Each employee is to be familiar with the location of exits and fire extinguishers. Employees are to be familiar with the emergency response procedure.
  8. Household type extension cords are not to be used.  Extension cords are not to be run through doorways or openings in the ceiling, floor or walls.
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