One overlooked issue related to changes in facility operations involves signage. Managers tend to assume that signage already in place is sufficient for wayfinding and identification.

Wayfinding: Keeping Signage Updated

Facilities, tenants and regulations change regularly. These strategies can help managers ensure signage keeps up with the changes

By James Piper, P.E.  
OTHER PARTS OF THIS ARTICLEPt. 1: Changes in Operations and Code Requirements Affect Facility WayfindingPt. 2: Wayfinding: Helping Building Occupants Find Their WayPt. 3: Wayfinding: Code ConsiderationsPt. 4: This Page

Signage: Looking for Trouble

The sign requirements discussed in the accompanying article are only a sample of the requirements maintenance and engineering managers must comply with. Mechanical and electrical rooms, areas of refuge, the location of fire protection equipment, room occupancy limits, and many other applications also require signage.

In facilities that recently underwent significant changes in occupancy or operations, managers might need to conduct a buildingwide sign audit. This audit also might be necessary in older facilities where sign requirements have received little or no attention.

The person conducting that audit must be familiar not only with code requirements but also with the operations conducted in the facility. That might mean having to pull together a team consisting of in-house personnel and outside expertise. Considering the impact that inadequate signage can have on daily operations — as well as during an emergency — the benefits well outweigh any costs.

— James Piper. P.E.

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