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Exit signs – things to remember

Although the Occupational Safety and Health Act that put signage requirements in place does not require signs for people with disabilities – like signs in braille – OSHA "strongly encourages all employers to provide such signage whenever appropriate." So if you think you may have people with sight limitations on-site, signs in braille are a simple and considerate addition, and can help the non-sighted to navigate what might otherwise feel like an alienating environment.

Bilingual entrance and exit signs may also be appropriate for the safety and convenience of non-English speakers, and these are available in languages from Spanish to Mandarin.

Besides special cases like these, OSHA requires that EXIT signs have fonts that are 6 inches high and 3/4 inches thick, though sometimes local regulations can supersede OSHA’s rules, particularly in densely populated areas like California, New York and Chicago. Refer to an occupational safety specialist to find out your region’s requirements.

Exit Signs
Bilingual and multilingual signs are important in places where many passersby may not speak English – airports are a prime example

Regulations are subject to change, so do some research to be sure that your facilities are in compliance with local and federal regulations and standards.