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How many “Egress” signs have you seen lately? Egress is a curious artifact of rule writing that refers to an entire exit system from a building: the stairs, the corridors, and evacuation routes outside the building. “Exits” are a means of egress, but most of us just look for the familiar “Exit” sign when we need a way to get out of a building in a hurry and we do not have time to think about the exit system.

Exits were not always as important as they are today. In 1911, the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in a downtown Manhattan garment factory killed 146 workers because exits were not clearly marked and most doors were bolted shut to keep the workers from leaving.

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      We get many calls and emails from employers asking the same question. It begins: “Which of your rules have requirements for…” You can finish the sentence with words like “recordkeeping,” “employee training,” and “written documents.” To answer those questions, we’ve organized these rules requirements into a filterable, sortable, searchable table.
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