The state does require that employers prohibit employees from entering or remaining in an unsafe workplace (WA Admin. Code Sec. 286-808-11010).
There are also rules for the number, size, signage, lighting, and maintenance (especially for outdoor routes) of emergency exit routes (WA Admin Code Sec. 296-800-310), including:
• There must be two routes of exit from each workplace. If the configuration of the facility does not allow this, fire exits or accessible windows must be provided.
• Exit routes must be large enough to accommodate the maximum-permitted occupant load for each floor served and at least 28 inches wide and 6 feet 8 inches high.
• Exit routes must lead to the outside or a refuge room with access to the outside.
Emergency exit routes must not pass by areas containing explosive or highly flammable chemicals, materials, or furnishings. This rule does not apply to vehicles, vessels, or mobile workplaces.
Residential care facilities. The state does require that residential care facilities have written evacuation plans, which are communicated to staff and residents at the time of ...