Thursday, June 7, 2018

Question About a Dead End in an Outdoor Exit Route


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.

The fire alarm goes off in the building pictured below, and everyone needs to head towards their designated assembly area, which is located outside to the right-hand side of the building pictured below . . .