RE: sharing an office

Subject: RE: sharing an office
From: "Martinek, Carla" <CMartinek -at- zebra -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 22 May 2006 09:31:04 -0500

Could not find a specific width requirement on OSHA's site, but did find
this checklist.

Caltrans (California) requirements have specific widths:

5.12 Aisle and hallway widths

The minimum space requirements for aisles and hallways are based on the
Cal-OSHA, General Industry Safety Orders (GISO) and the construction
standards contained in the Uniform Building Code (UBC).

The minimum requirements for office areas are:

* Within an office or work station, use: The 24" standard

This standard requires unobstructed walking space between and around
desks, chairs, book cases, file cabinets, credenzas, and other general
office furniture or equipment, and/or walls partitions. The wall
partitions may be portable or permanent.

* In a hallway or walkway, use: The 44" standard

The UBC has established a 44 inch minimum width for routes of travel by
persons with disabilities.

The 44 inch standard applies to all types of hallways and walkways,
e.g., used as egress and ingress to work areas or offices. These
walkways may be main hallways of a building or they may be lateral
hallways connecting work areas and/or offices. They may be between or
adjacent to permanent or moveable wall partitions.

Designated hallways and walkways may be wider than 44 inches, but must
have at least 44 inches of unobstructed walking space.

* In common work areas, use The 44" standard

The 44 inch standard is also required in the walking or standing space
found in common work areas, such as in front of storage areas or
equipment or copier machines, drinking fountains, file cabinets, kitchen
areas, work tables for common use, and generally any work area that is
used by various employees during a work shift.

cmartinek -at- zebra -dot- com

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