Across our great country, organizations and personnel are working diligently to keep us safe. These people do not wear a badge or carry a firearm, yet their efforts help to create a uniform standard to protect every citizen. In case you weren’t able to guess, we are talking about companies that set the requirements for those signs that are above or beside nearly every door in any building. There are numerous agencies that cover the requirements for optimizing entryway safety in case of an emergency. Oftentimes, it can be a complex process when figuring out what is required of your commercial door systems. Doorwayz Unlimited is proud to be your source for the best doorway solutions for a wide variety of applications. Our professional team provides top-notch entryway systems for Illinois customers with a focus on customized attention to exceed our customer’s high expectations. From the door frame moulding to the door lock hardware, we assist with every piece of the puzzle. One part that is often installed incorrectly consists of door signs and exit placards. Today, we’ll take a cursory look at the differing requirements of door signage and why they should be installed correctly. If you are seeking expert door solutions for your project, Doorwayz Unlimited is here to help!


To start, the Occupational Safety Hazard Association (OSHA) has defined what an exit route is and what criteria is required. Essentially, an exit route is a designated path that provides an unobstructed and continuous passage for building inhabitants to reach a safe refuge zone, whether it’s outside or a room within the structure. Typically, a workplace will have at least two exit routes to ensure a speedy egress for everyone. There are multiple requirements for OSHA’s exit route requirements, and following them is in your best interest in both terms of safety and avoiding financial penalties.


Several entities are involved with doorway safety to ensure the best possible outcome for citizens in the event of an emergency. Whether involving your access control doors, or even interior dividers, these organizations strive to cover every detail and scenario. We’ll start with one of the most prominent authorities for safety in the industry.


These requirements are made with the purpose of properly marking and illuminating exit routes. Each route must have an easily visible “Exit” sign while any passageway that does not meet an exit must be labeled “Not an Exit.” If the direction toward an exit is not immediately clear, additional signage must be placed that indicates the proper direction of travel. Exit routes must also have a clear line-of-sight toward the signs at all times to minimize disorientation. Additionally, each “Exit” sign must be illuminated to a surface value of 54 lux by a reliable light source. The letters for the sign must also be at least six inches high and ¾ of an inch wide to ensure easy comprehension in an emergency. There are also numerous rules that help to promote consistent safety measures, from keeping the passage clear to updating safety plans and routes to keep with compliance. OSHA also provides dimensional requirements for consistency. Following their rules will keep your people safe while also avoiding costly fines.

While an entryway may seem like a straightforward product, the rules and safety regulations surrounding it can become quite complicated. Next time, we’ll continue this topic by reviewing a few key points of the National Fire Protection Agency, along with a few other authorities. If you are in need of top-notch entryway systems for your Illinois project, Doorwayz Unlimited is here to help! Our knowledgeable and courteous staff is always here to find the best solutions for any and all of your doorway needs. If you’re looking for a doorway company with years of experience and overwhelmingly positive customer reviews, feel free to contact us today!