Emergency Evacuation Signs
It is our goal that all emergency evacuation signs that are installed in campus buildings be uniform in size, font, color, and materials. This program describes the process involved in creating and obtaining emergency evacuation signs at UC Irvine.
All campus buildings over one story high must post building evacuation signs on every floor. Signs must be posted at all stairway and elevator landings and immediately inside all public entrances to the building. All new buildings must have emergency evacuation signs reviewed by EH&S and installed prior to the occupancy of the building.
California Contract, Commercial Designs (CCCD) – UC Irvine has a contract and agreement with this commercial company to design and manufacture all emergency evacuation signs on campus.
Designated Campus Fire Marshal (DCFM) - At the UC Irvine campus, the SFM has delegated the Designated Campus Fire Marshal (DCFM) as the AHJ for plan review and construction inspections. The DCFM also has the responsibility and authority to enforce SFM regulations and requirements on campus.
Design and Construction Services (D&CS) Project Manager (PM) - A D&CS employee who is assigned to manage a D&CS construction project.
Emergency Evacuation Signs – Signs posted inside University buildings that indicate the evacuation routes, map legend, location of manual pull stations, fire extinguishers, elevators, and stairs, information on how to exit the building, and the emergency phone number.
Emergency Exit Route - The pathway of a means of egress that is separated from all other spaces of the building to provide a protected way of travel to the exit.
Proof – A hard copy of the proposed sign design, layout, size, style, and frame
The EH&S/Fire Safety Division is also responsible for:
Facilities Management (FM) Sign Shop is responsible for :
D&CS Project Mangers or Department Facilities Managers are responsible for:
The following procedure should be followed when ordering signs for new/renovated buildings and for existing buildings:
1. The D&CS Project Manager or Department Facilities Manager should contact:
Indicate that you represent UC Irvine and place an order for evacuation signs. FM's Sign Shop has an existing agreement with CCCD for the pricing and design layout of all signs.
Sign specifications shall include the following information:
2. The D&CS PM or Department Facilities Manager will provide the necessary building plans and other information directly to CCCD.
3. CCCD will deliver the draft proofs to the D&CS PM or Department Facilities Manager for initial approval. After the department has reviewed these proofs, copies of the proofs must be routed to the DCFM for his review and approval. When routing the proofs to the DCFM, complete a transmittal form to expedite the process. You may obtain a copy of the transmittal form at: http://www.ehs.uci.edu/ .
4. The DCFM will send the proofs back to the D&CS PM or Department Facilities Manager with any corrections. See Appendix A for an example of a proof of an emergency evacuation sign for Gillespie Hall.
5. CCCD will deliver the final proofs to FM's Sign Shop for installation.
6. FM's Sign Shop will contact the D&CS PM or the Department Facilities Manager to schedule time for the installation of the completed emergency evacuation signs. The bottom edge of the emergency evacuation sign shall not be mounted higher than four (4) feet above the finish surface.
Although there are no reporting requirements for this program, D&CS PM's and Department Facilities Managers must ensure that the emergency evacuation signs are current and reflect any renovations or changes to the building and the evacuation route. These changes must be reported to FM and to the DCFM to order a new emergency evacuation sign. The department requesting the new emergency evacuation sign will be charged for the price of the new sign.
No training and competency assessments are required for employees to participate in this program.
Title 19, California Code of Regulations (19CCR), Section 3.09
Example of evacuation sign at Gillespie Hall at the UC Irvine campus
Initiator: Dale Saunders