Occupancy Load Signs: 4 Defects That a Building Inspection May Reveal

Posted on: 12 January 2017

Different jurisdictions may have different regulations about how occupancy load signs (signs indicating the maximum number of people that can be inside that space at a go) can be used. Any transgression can result in fines or prosecution because lives may be at risk in the event of an emergency. This article discusses some of the mistakes that a building inspector may identify after observing the occupancy load signs in a commercial building that you are about to buy.

Absence of the Occupancy Load Signs

The building inspector is usually aware of which sections of commercial buildings, such as conference rooms, are expected to have occupancy load signs. His or her building inspection report is therefore likely to indicate which rooms lacked the required occupancy load signs. This can give you an idea of how many signs you will need to put up once you take possession of the building.

Poorly Maintained Signs

The building inspection report is also likely to highlight the occupancy load signs that are in a state of disrepair. Common signs of poorly maintained load signs include rusting of the plates from which the signs were made. Poorly maintained signs may also be warped or bent. Such signs must be repaired quickly so that their condition meets the acceptable standards.

Illegible Occupancy Load Signs

The building inspector is also likely to be keen about finding out whether each of the signs in the commercial building meets all the specifications that ensure that the signs are legible or clear. For instance, he or she may measure the size of the letters or numbers on the sign to ensure that they comply with the minimum size recommended by the authorities in your area. Those minimum sizes help to ensure that any interested parties, such as the people organising a meeting in that room, can read the information on the sign easily.

Signs in Improper Locations

What is the use of a sign that cannot be read? The building inspection report is likely to point out any occupancy load signs that were placed where they can't be read. For instance, the inspector may mention the signs that can be obscured once a door is opened. Such signs need to be relocated immediately to a suitable location.

As you can see, the building inspection report usually contains important details that can be missed by someone who reads it casually. It is therefore wise to devote ample time and read the report carefully so that you can make a better decision about the commercial building that you would like to buy.


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