Pamphlet racks in exit routes?

By: November 26th, 2012 Email This Post Print This Post

Q: In exit hallways, if there are items that are attached to the walls, such as computers or pamphlet racks, is this a problem? There is still about four feet of space to exit.

A: It could be a problem, but if there actually is four full feet of space, it’s probably not. OSHA states: “Objects that project into the route must not reduce the width of the exit route to less than the minimum width requirement.” Exit hallways must be 44 inches wide, so measure carefully how far your computers and pamphlet racks extend into the corridor.

*This is an excerpt from The OSHA Training Handbook for Healthcare Facilities by Sarah E. Alholm, MAS.

View the OSHA Emergency Exit Routes fact sheet here:




By Amish Waland on December 6th, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Per compliance with ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), be sure any wall protusions that are between 27-80 inches from the floor are less than 4 inches from the wall.


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