Compliance Resource Bulletins

What to Know About Means of Egress Signs

Compliance Resource Bulletins, Enter / Exit / Stairway, Fire / Emergency

Our Means of Egress Signs Compliance – Resource Bulletin will help you understand some of the rules and regulations regarding sign requirements for identifying the entrances and exits and exits to a facility. Topics include:

  • Sign locations
  • Sign layout
  • Luminous path markings
  • Links to relevant regulations

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Bulletin Overview

An essential component of the design and construction of public buildings is the provision of proper and luminous means of egress (exit & entry) from the building; especially from the standpoint of life safety during a fire or other emergency incident. Different components play a crucial role at different levels; illumination of the pathway, signs displaying critical information and photoluminescent marking.

The International Building Code (IBC), adopted widely by municipalities in the U.S., stipulates design requirements for the means of egress in public buildings. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) stipulates the standards for the signs required to designate an exit or entry in the Code of Federal Regulations; 29 CFR 1910.37. The OSHA standards were adopted from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Life Safety Code; NFPA 101 and NFPA 170 Standard for Fire Safety and Emergency Symbols.