Checklist: Exit Routes Standard (29 CFR Subpart E 1910.35, 1910.36, 1910.37, and 1910.38 and 1910.39)

Medical and dental offices must follow the Exit Routes Standard. OSHA established this standard to provide safe and accessible building exits in case of fire and emergencies. Here is a sample checklist to help you comply with the Exit Routes Standard:

Exit Routes Standard Checklist

Exit routes and exits clearly marked Exit signs illuminated Used easy-to-read letters at least 6 inches high for exit signs Used highly visible color and design for exit signs Cleared all obstructions leading to exits Removed mirrors, furnishings and decorations from all exits Designed exit routes properly so people in all parts of the building easily see the direction of escape Exit routes designed not to lead to a bathroom or any room capable of being locked Exit routes designed not to lead to a hazardous area Exit routes designed to open directly to the street, yard, court or other open space Made sure exit routes are unlocked, and can be opened without using keys, tools or special knowledge (panic bar that locks on the outside is permitted on exit discharge doors) Installed adequate lighting in exit routes Installed side hinges and swinging panels on exit doors, designed to swing out in direction of exit travel The space the exit discharges to is clear and free from obstruction to accommodate all people and make exiting safe Ceiling of exit routes must be at least 7 feet 6 inches (2.3 meters) high Projection from the ceiling does not reach a point less than six feet eight inches (2.0 m) from the floor Exit access at least 28 inches (71.1 cm) wide at all points Outdoor exit routes are constructed straight and have smooth, solid and level walkways Guardrails to protect unenclosed sides of outdoor exit routes According to OSHA, this guide only provides the minimum set of standards that address frequently found hazards in medical and dental offices. Many other standards still apply, and it is the employer’s responsibility to follow up and obtain full texts of OSHA standards. All workplaces must display the OSHA poster in places where workers will see it. All standards are available on the OSHA website ( or by calling toll-free number (800) 321-OSHA (6472).

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