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OSHA Enforcement Effort: Exit Routes and Exit Doors

Posted: June 21, 2013

OSHA recently sent a memorandum to all regional administrators and state plan designees directing inspectors to verify whether employers have provided and maintained an adequate means of egress from work areas.

Funeral homes have previously been cited for failure to mark exit routes and exit doors and for obstructed exit. To avoid being cited during an inspection, employers should ensure:

  • That all exits are marked
  • All doors that are not exits are clearly labeled as to their purpose or marked "Not an Exit"
  • That all exit ways remain unblocked
  • That all exit doors are unlocked

If you have questions about what is required of you and what OSHA inspectors might be looking for during inspections, NFDA members may call the free OSHA hotline for advice.