latory requirements regarding signage for storage areas or
places where those chemicals are used. Confined spaces
also have separate signage requirements per OSHA.
That’s related to emergency response – if you have a fire
in a manufacturing facility, signage about where the oxy-
gen and other compressed gases are stored would be very
important not only to employees, but also any firefighters
or emergency services coming on-site.”
Wall-mounted evacuation plans can be supplemented
by – or even replaced with – paper versions that can serve
as portable maps in case
of emergency, notes Dr.
Denise Walker, Chief
Officer for Lone Star
College in Houston.
Make sure to check regularly that a map is on the
wall at all times.
“Fire marshals today
Investigate Digital Solutions
prefer something simple
that occupants can
snatch off of the wall.
They can take it with
them and follow the map
to wherever they need
to go,” explains Walker.
“On that map, you need
AED devices, other emer-
exits, and pathways to
those exits, both primary
and alternate. You also
need to note a point of
refuge for people who
have impairments and need help evacuating. For example,
would they go into a stairwell for that? If so, is there a
phone at that landing to call for help?”
Adding dynamic digital displays to your emergency
signage can add an extra layer of safety to your emergency
communication. TV screens and wall-mounted signs
controlled by a central computer can push out a message
across a campus or large building in seconds, instantly
delivering the information occupants need to stay safe.
When it comes to huge spaces where the audience is constantly changing, a handful of well-placed digital displays
can get your message out quickly and efficiently. Large
spaces benefit from signage in a central location, and
Walker also recommends posting digital signage near
points of egress.
“I would be looking at going above and beyond with
extra signage in places like arenas, event centers, or
airports – anywhere you have masses of people,” notes
Lynch. “Another time you should consider extra com-
munication around emergency response is when you’re
making changes. Something happening in your building
is atypical, like a renovation, and now a frequently used
pathway isn’t available or the normal flow people are
used to is prohibited while activities are happening that
Beyond large open areas, Lone Star adds digital dis-
plays near loading docks and traffic junctions to dissemi-
nate information to people on the go. The system also
incorporates desktop push-outs – digital missives that
appear automatically on computers and mobile devices
and can’t be dismissed without the device user opening
and reading them.
“If there’s an emergency, LoneStarAlert has the capability push out anything from a little pop-up in the corner
SAVE TIME with
When an emergency hits, you
don’t want to have to wing it with
messaging. Compile a series of
easily customizable messages
ahead of time that can be updated with instructions or warnings
specific to a particular incident.
Topics should include:
■ Sheltering in place
■ Hazmat incident
■ Severe weather
■ Natural disasters that are typical
for your location
■ A test message you can use
periodically to inspect the sys-
tem’s functionality, rather than
just issuing a false alarm