Requiring the installation of an accessible means of egress
from the work area to level of exit discharge when work meets or exceeds the definition of a level III alteration.
The facility should also have accessible means of egress
, emergency alarms and signage.
Egress and Access to Properties: The 1991 Standards require the same number of accessible means of egress to be provided as the number of exits required by applicable building and fire codes.
Exit stairways and evacuation elevators must be available as an accessible means of egress in conjunction with areas of refuge or horizontal exits.
Another modification that should always be considered is providing two accessible means of egress
in case of emergency.
In other actions, BOMA persuaded ICC voting members to disapprove proposals mandating accessible means of egress
in excess of ADA requirements, requiring diaper changing stations in all toilet rooms with as few as two water closets, and installation of costly fire-retardant insulation on exposed pipes in toilet rooms.
Maneuvering clearance for automatic doors: New guidelines require automatic doors that serve as an accessible means of egress
to either provide maneuvering clearance or to have standby power to operate the door in emergencies.
The Board's ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG), which were published in 1991, include specifications for accessible means of egress
, areas of rescue assistance, emergency alarms, and signage.