Keeping employees and customers safe while on their premises is one of a business owner’s most important responsibilities. This is why you need to ensure that doors and the rest of your building are maintained and that you follow safety regulations. Inspect for code violations and fix any issue before you get a citation — or worse — someone gets injured.
Keep all exits clear. According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, exit doors should never be blocked, even temporarily.
Carts, boxes and anything else that can become an obstruction should never be placed in the vicinity of an exit door.
If there is an emergency, you could be placing lives at risk as it will be necessary to stop and remove items obstructing egress.
Make sure that the exit doors in storerooms and work areas remain free of obstructions.
Deadbolts on exit doors may appear more secure, but they can make it difficult to open a door quickly in an emergency.
Side hinge deadbolts are a better option for security, as are security hinges.
These locks keep intruders from prying doors open.
Your exit doors should have a latching mechanism that makes it possible to open and close them without a tight grip or an open hand.
This excludes doorknobs since it is necessary to grip door knobs firmly to turn them. Replace any exit door locks that have knobs instead of levers.
Exit doors are often at the backs of buildings or in storerooms.
Forgetting to unlock these doors is an easy mistake to make but keeping them locked could cause injury to customers and employees in an emergency.
All of your employees should understand that the doors are to be unlocked every morning.
Other common door violations include failing to ensure that your doors are the correct width and height.
Double doors must swing open in the same direction. In addition to being usable with a loose grasp or inability to twist the wrist, door hardware should be no higher than 48 inches from the floor.
If you need help complying with building codes that will keep your workers and customers safe, contact us today. We can help