Room Capacity and Means of Egress Evaluations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard pertaining to Exit Routes and Emergency Planning (29 CFR 1910.36) indicates every building or structure, new or old, designed for human occupancy shall be provided with exits sufficient to permit the prompt escape of occupants in case of fire or other emergency.

Additionally, International Building Code (IBC) includes guidance for determining the maximum number of occupants for which means of egress are provided in a particular space.

Requirements for means of egress

Codes and standards that regulate a building’s means of egress system will vary depending on the use of the particular building, area, or room.

EHS conducts capacity surveys and evaluates the following criteria

  • Square footage of the space;
  • number of exits
  • configuration of furniture
  • intended use of the space.

Special COnsiderations – COVID-19 Planning

Evaluations of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems has been conducted for the purposes of planning for special limits on classroom and meeting space capacities.