From: Debra Jacobson (email@example.com)
Date: Mon, 08 Sep 2003 08:28:49
The following is OSHA's requirements for exit with and requirements to eliminate obstructions to the exit. Keep in mind the fire inspector also looks at this issue and will be more likely to point this out to you since they are typically at a printing facility more than an OSHA inspector would be.
OSHA requirement for exits
According to 29 CFR 1910.36(g)(37) , "an exit access must be at least 28 inches (71.1 cm) wide at all points." Objects that project into the exit must not reduce the width of the exit.
Let's say, for example, that a building's hallways are 36 inches wide. If a hallway is narrowed to 24 inches because of stacked tables and boxes, then the facility is out of compliance because the exit access doesn't allow for proper exit out of the building.
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