Emergency Exit Routes

Date: January 9, 2003
From: Edward J. Bernacki, MD, MPH
Chairman, Joint Committee for Health, Safety and Environment
To: Johns Hopkins University Employees
Johns Hopkins Hospital Employees
Subject: Emergency Exit Routes

The events of 9/11 have taught us that the importance of successfully executing a building evacuation plan. Recently, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has revised its Exit Route standard to emphasis the importance and necessity that all employees have a safe exit route out of a building in the event of an emergency evacuation.

With this in mind, Health, Safety and Environment will begin working with Facilities Management on all campuses to ensure that emergency exit routes are compliant with the OSHA Exit Route standard and HSE 026, Corridor Utilization Policy. This building exit route survey may require the removal of items stored within the corridor that present a risk to building occupants and non-compliance with the policy. If you have any items, which do not comply with the Corridor Utilization policy, please make arrangements to have them removed. Those items found to be non-compliant shall be removed.

If you have any further questions, please contact our office at 5-5918.

cc: Estelle Fishbein
Joann Pollak
Richard Grossi