Self-Inspection Safety Checklist

Exiting and Egress & Emergency Action Plan

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Date Inspected _____________ Date Completed _____________

Checklist Needs to be Addressed Yes N/A

Are all exits marked with an exit sign and illuminated by a consistent light source?

If the exits are not immediately apparent, are the directions to those exits marked with visible signs?      
Are the doors, passageways, or stairways that are neither exits nor access to exits, but appear that they could be exitsmarked "NOT AN EXIT," or "TO BASEMENT," or "STOREROOM,"  etc.?
Is the lettering on the EXIT signs at least 5 inches high and at least 1/2-inch wide?
Are the exit doors side-hinged?
Are the exits free of obstructions?

Are at least two means of egress provided from elevated platforms, pits or rooms where the lack of a second exit would increase the risk of injury from hot, poisonous, corrosive, suffocating, flammable, or explosive substances?


Are enough exits provided to allow everyone to escape quickly in case of an emergency


If construction and/or repair projects are being done, are special safety measures put in place to protect employees?


Buildings more than 4 stories in height: Are the exit stairways that are required to be separated from other parts of a building protected with at least 2-hour fire-resistive construction?


Are the mandatory detached exit stairways on buildings more than 4 stories in height protected by at least 2-hours of fire-resistive construction?

Are the mandatory detached exit stairways on buildings less than 3 stories in height protected by at least 1-hour of fire-resistive construction?      
If ramps are used as part of exiting the building, is the ramp slope limited to 1 foot vertical and 12 feet horizontal?      
Are any glass doors (frameless, exit, or storm doors) fully tempered, and do they meet the safety requirements for human impact?      
Do you have an Emergency Action Plan in place?      
Have the employees been trained to follow the Emergency Action Plan?      


This Exiting and Egress Safety Checklist is NOT all-inclusive. You should add to it or skip parts that are not applicable to your company's Emergency Action Plan.  Carefully consider each item on exiting and egress, and refer to OSHA standards for complete and specific guidelines that may apply to your work environment.  This list is typical for general industry, not construction or maritime. Click here for affordable Exiting and Egress safety signs.


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