BS ISO 23601:2009 - Safety identification. Escape and evacuation plan signs – BSI British Standards

BS ISO 23601:2009

Safety identification. Escape and evacuation plan signs

Status : Confirmed, Current   Published : July 2009



BS ISO 23601:2009 Safety identification. Escape and evacuation plan signs

BS ISO 23601 is an International Standard which establishes design principles for displayed escape plans that contain information relevant to fire safety, escape, evacuation and rescue of the facility's occupants. These plans may also be used by intervention forces in case of emergency.

These plans are intended to be displayed as signs in public areas and workplaces.

BS ISO 23601 is not intended to cover the plans to be used by external safety services nor detailed professional technical drawings for use by specialists.

Contents of BS ISO 23601:

1 Scope
2 Normative references
3 Terms and definitions
4 General
5 Design requirements
6 Size of plan elements
7 Contents and representation
7.1 Header
7.2 Overview plan
7.3 Escape plan detail
7.4 Safety notices
7.5 Legend
7.6 Other information
7.7 Use of colours
7.7.1 Escape routes
7.7.2 Safety signs
7.7.3 Point of location of the user
7.7.4 Background colour
7.7.5 Outline of facility structural elements
7.7.6 Header
7.7.7 Text
8 Materials
9 Installation and location
10 Inspection and revision
Annex A (informative) Examples of escape plans


Standard NumberBS ISO 23601:2009
TitleSafety identification. Escape and evacuation plan signs
StatusConfirmed, Current
Publication Date31 July 2009
Confirm Date09 September 2018
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)ISO 7010, ISO 17398, ISO 17724, ISO 3864-3, ISO 3864-1:2002
Informative References(Provided for Information)ISO 216, ISO 30061, ISO 16069:2017
Amended ByCorrigendum, June 2010
DescriptorsFire safety in buildings, Graphic symbols, Means of escape from fire in buildings, Plans, Occupational safety, Design, Fire-escape routes, Emergency measures, Emergency exits, Signs, Escape, Safety measures, Warning devices
Title in FrenchIdentification de sécurité. Plans d'évacuation et de secours
Title in GermanSicherheitskennzeichnung. Fluchtwegpläne
ISBN978 0 580 71717 8
File Size3.224 MB

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