QUESTION: OSHA 1910 Subpart E, 1910.36 (h)(4), which says "The outdoor exit route must not have a dead-end that is longer than 20 feet", does not make sense to me. How should I interpret that statement? - Glen K. – Indiana
ANSWER: Hello Glen. Yours is a very good question, and it actually comes up occasionally in our OSHA 30 hour general industry training classes. Fortunately I did some research on this particular OSHA standard years many ago when I ran into this exact problem at a building where I was serving as safety manager. I am going refer you to a crude drawing I whipped up (see below – birds eye view, not to scale) to try and help you visualize one basic example of this situation as I try and answer your question.