Safety identification -- Escape and evacuation plan signs

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

Identification de sécurité -- Plans d'évacuation et de secours

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INTERNATIONAL ISO
STANDARD 23601
Second edition
2020-10
Safety identification — Escape and
evacuation plan signs
Identification de sécurité — Plans d'évacuation et de secours
Reference number
ISO 23601:2020(E)
ISO 2020
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ISO 23601:2020(E)
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All rights reserved. Unless otherwise specified, or required in the context of its implementation, no part of this publication may

be reproduced or utilized otherwise in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, or posting

on the internet or an intranet, without prior written permission. Permission can be requested from either ISO at the address

below or ISO’s member body in the country of the requester.
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Published in Switzerland
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ISO 23601:2020(E)
Contents Page

Foreword ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................iv

Introduction ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................v

1 Scope ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 1

2 Normative references ...................................................................................................................................................................................... 1

3 Terms and definitions ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 1

4 General ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 2

5 Design requirements ........................................................................................................................................................................................ 2

6 Size of plan elements ........................................................................................................................................................................................ 3

7 Contents and representation ................................................................................................................................................................... 4

7.1 Header ............................................................................................................................................................................................................ 4

7.2 Overview plan .......................................................................................................................................................................................... 4

7.3 Escape plan detail ................................................................................................................................................................................. 4

7.4 Safety notices ............................................................................................................................................................................................ 5

7.5 Legend ............................................................................................................................................................................................................ 5

7.6 Other information ................................................................................................................................................................................ 5

7.7 Use of colours ........................................................................................................................................................................................... 6

7.7.1 Escape routes ...................................................................................................................................................................... 6

7.7.2 Safety signs ........................................................................................................................................................................... 6

7.7.3 Point of location of the user ................................................................................................................................... 6

7.7.4 Background colour ......................................................................................................................................................... 6

7.7.5 Outline of facility structural elements ........................................................................................................... 6

7.7.6 Header ....................................................................................................................................................................................... 6

7.7.7 Text .............................................................................................................................................................................................. 6

8 Materials ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 6

9 Installation and location .............................................................................................................................................................................. 6

10 Inspection and revision ................................................................................................................................................................................. 7

Annex A (informative) Examples of escape plans ................................................................................................................................... 8

Bibliography .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................13

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ISO 23601:2020(E)
Foreword

ISO (the International Organization for Standardization) is a worldwide federation of national standards

bodies (ISO member bodies). The work of preparing International Standards is normally carried out

through ISO technical committees. Each member body interested in a subject for which a technical

committee has been established has the right to be represented on that committee. International

organizations, governmental and non-governmental, in liaison with ISO, also take part in the work.

ISO collaborates closely with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) on all matters of

electrotechnical standardization.

The procedures used to develop this document and those intended for its further maintenance are

described in the ISO/IEC Directives, Part 1. In particular, the different approval criteria needed for the

different types of ISO documents should be noted. This document was drafted in accordance with the

editorial rules of the ISO/IEC Directives, Part 2 (see www .iso .org/ directives).

Attention is drawn to the possibility that some of the elements of this document may be the subject of

patent rights. ISO shall not be held responsible for identifying any or all such patent rights. Details of

any patent rights identified during the development of the document will be in the Introduction and/or

on the ISO list of patent declarations received (see www .iso .org/ patents).

Any trade name used in this document is information given for the convenience of users and does not

constitute an endorsement.

For an explanation of the voluntary nature of standards, the meaning of ISO specific terms and

expressions related to conformity assessment, as well as information about ISO's adherence to the

World Trade Organization (WTO) principles in the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT), see www .iso .org/

iso/ foreword .html.

This document was prepared by Technical Committee ISO/TC 145, Graphical symbols, Subcommittee

SC 2, Safety identification, signs, shapes, symbols and colours.

This second edition cancels and replaces the first edition (ISO 23601:2009), of which it constitutes a

minor revision. The previous edition has been editorially revised.

Any feedback or questions on this document should be directed to the user’s national standards body. A

complete listing of these bodies can be found at www .iso .org/ members .html.
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ISO 23601:2020(E)
Introduction

There is a need to standardize a system of communicating escape routes in facilities that relies as little

as possible on the use of words to achieve understanding.

Continued growth in international trade, travel and mobility of labour requires a common method of

conveying this important safety information to the occupants of facilities.

The use of this document is expected to reduce risk by providing a means of improved training and

education and to reduce possible confusion in times of emergency.

Through the use of ISO 7010 safety signs, colour coding and specific design requirements, this document

establishes a common method of illustrating the position of the viewer in relation to designated escape

routes leading to emergency exits and the location of fire safety and emergency equipment close and

adjacent to escape routes.

Escape plans are an integral part of a facility’s system of safety signs and play an integral role in a

building owner’s fire safety management plan. Escape plans are a necessary component of a facility’s

safety way guidance system (see ISO 16069).

NOTE Some countries’ statutory regulations might differ in some respect from those given in this document.

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INTERNATIONAL STANDARD ISO 23601:2020(E)
Safety identification — Escape and evacuation plan signs

IMPORTANT — The colours represented in the electronic file of this document can be neither

viewed on screen nor printed as true representations. For the purposes of colour matching,

see ISO 3864-4, which provides colorimetric and photometric properties together with, as a

guideline, references from colour order systems.
1 Scope

This document 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.

This document is not intended to cover the plans to be used by external safety services nor detailed

professional technical drawings for use by specialists.
2 Normative references

The following documents are referred to in the text in such a way that some or all of their content

constitutes requirements of this document. For dated references, only the edition cited applies. For

undated references, the latest edition of the referenced document (including any amendments) applies.

ISO 3864-1, Graphical symbols — Safety colours and safety signs — Part 1: Design principles for safety

signs and safety markings

ISO 3864-3, Graphical symbols — Safety colours and safety signs — Part 3: Design principles for graphical

symbols for use in safety signs

ISO 3864-4:2011, Graphical symbols — Safety colours and safety signs — Part 4: Colorimetric and

photometric properties of safety sign materials

ISO 7010, Graphical symbols — Safety colours and safety signs — Registered safety signs

ISO 17398, Safety colours and safety signs — Classification, performance and durability of safety signs

3 Terms and definitions
For the purposes of this document, the following terms and definitions apply.

ISO and IEC maintain terminological databases for use in standardization at the following addresses:

— ISO Online browsing platform: available at https:// www .iso .org/ obp
— IEC Electropedia: available at http:// www .electropedia .org/
3.1
emergency safety notice
instructions for occupants, to be followed in case of emergency
3.2
escape plan

plan displayed for the occupants of a facility on which are illustrated the necessary elements for escape

and on which may appear information required for evacuation, rescue and for a first intervention

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FINAL
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STANDARD 23601
ISO/TC 145/SC 2
Safety identification — Escape and
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Identification de sécurité — Plans d'évacuation et de secours
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COPYRIGHT PROTECTED DOCUMENT
© ISO 2020

All rights reserved. Unless otherwise specified, or required in the context of its implementation, no part of this publication may

be reproduced or utilized otherwise in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, or posting

on the internet or an intranet, without prior written permission. Permission can be requested from either ISO at the address

below or ISO’s member body in the country of the requester.
ISO copyright office
CP 401 • Ch. de Blandonnet 8
CH­1214 Vernier, Geneva
Phone: +41 22 749 01 11
Email: copyright@iso.org
Website: www.iso.org
Published in Switzerland
ii © ISO 2020 – All rights reserved
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ISO/FDIS 23601:2020(E)
Contents Page

Foreword ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................iv

Introduction ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................v

1 Scope ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 1

2 Normative references ...................................................................................................................................................................................... 1

3 Terms and definitions ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 1

4 General ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 2

5 Design requirements ........................................................................................................................................................................................ 2

6 Size of plan elements ........................................................................................................................................................................................ 3

7 Contents and representation ................................................................................................................................................................... 4

7.1 Header ............................................................................................................................................................................................................ 4

7.2 Overview plan .......................................................................................................................................................................................... 4

7.3 Escape plan detail ................................................................................................................................................................................. 4

7.4 Safety notices ............................................................................................................................................................................................ 5

7.5 Legend ............................................................................................................................................................................................................ 5

7.6 Other information ................................................................................................................................................................................ 5

7.7 Use of colours ........................................................................................................................................................................................... 6

7.7.1 Escape routes ...................................................................................................................................................................... 6

7.7.2 Safety signs ........................................................................................................................................................................... 6

7.7.3 Point of location of the user ................................................................................................................................... 6

7.7.4 Background colour ......................................................................................................................................................... 6

7.7.5 Outline of facility structural elements ........................................................................................................... 6

7.7.6 Header ....................................................................................................................................................................................... 6

7.7.7 Text .............................................................................................................................................................................................. 6

8 Materials ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 6

9 Installation and location .............................................................................................................................................................................. 6

10 Inspection and revision ................................................................................................................................................................................. 7

Annex A (informative) Examples of escape plans ................................................................................................................................... 8

Bibliography .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................13

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ISO/FDIS 23601:2020(E)
Foreword

ISO (the International Organization for Standardization) is a worldwide federation of national standards

bodies (ISO member bodies). The work of preparing International Standards is normally carried out

through ISO technical committees. Each member body interested in a subject for which a technical

committee has been established has the right to be represented on that committee. International

organizations, governmental and non­governmental, in liaison with ISO, also take part in the work.

ISO collaborates closely with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) on all matters of

electrotechnical standardization.

The procedures used to develop this document and those intended for its further maintenance are

described in the ISO/IEC Directives, Part 1. In particular, the different approval criteria needed for the

different types of ISO documents should be noted. This document was drafted in accordance with the

editorial rules of the ISO/IEC Directives, Part 2 (see www .iso .org/ directives).

Attention is drawn to the possibility that some of the elements of this document may be the subject of

patent rights. ISO shall not be held responsible for identifying any or all such patent rights. Details of

any patent rights identified during the development of the document will be in the Introduction and/or

on the ISO list of patent declarations received (see www .iso .org/ patents).

Any trade name used in this document is information given for the convenience of users and does not

constitute an endorsement.

For an explanation of the voluntary nature of standards, the meaning of ISO specific terms and

expressions related to conformity assessment, as well as information about ISO's adherence to the

World Trade Organization (WTO) principles in the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT), see www .iso .org/

iso/ foreword .html.

This document was prepared by Technical Committee ISO/TC 145, Graphical symbols, Subcommittee

SC 2, Safety identification, signs, shapes, symbols and colours.

This second edition cancels and replaces the first edition (ISO 23601:2009), of which it constitutes a

minor revision. The previous edition has been editorially revised.

Any feedback or questions on this document should be directed to the user’s national standards body. A

complete listing of these bodies can be found at www .iso .org/ members .html.
iv © ISO 2020 – All rights reserved
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ISO/FDIS 23601:2020(E)
Introduction

There is a need to standardize a system of communicating escape routes in facilities that relies as little

as possible on the use of words to achieve understanding.

Continued growth in international trade, travel and mobility of labour requires a common method of

conveying this important safety information to the occupants of facilities.

The use of this document is expected to reduce risk by providing a means of improved training and

education and to reduce possible confusion in times of emergency.

Through the use of ISO 7010 safety signs, colour coding and specific design requirements, this document

establishes a common method of illustrating the position of the viewer in relation to designated escape

routes leading to emergency exits and the location of fire safety and emergency equipment close and

adjacent to escape routes.

Escape plans are an integral part of a facility’s system of safety signs and play an integral role in a

building owner’s fire safety management plan. Escape plans are a necessary component of a facility’s

safety way guidance system (see ISO 16069).

NOTE Some countries’ statutory regulations might differ in some respect from those given in this document.

© ISO 2020 – All rights reserved v
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FINAL DRAFT INTERNATIONAL STANDARD ISO/FDIS 23601:2020(E)
Safety identification — Escape and evacuation plan signs

IMPORTANT — The colours represented in the electronic file of this document can be neither

viewed on screen nor printed as true representations. For the purposes of colour matching,

see ISO 3864-4, which provides colorimetric and photometric properties together with, as a

guideline, references from colour order systems.
1 Scope

This document 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.

This document is not intended to cover the plans to be used by external safety services nor detailed

professional technical drawings for use by specialists.
2 Normative references

The following documents are referred to in the text in such a way that some or all of their content

constitutes requirements of this document. For dated references, only the edition cited applies. For

undated references, the latest edition of the referenced document (including any amendments) applies.

ISO 3864­1, Graphical symbols — Safety colours and safety signs — Part 1: Design principles for safety

signs and safety markings

ISO 3864­3, Graphical symbols — Safety colours and safety signs — Part 3: Design principles for graphical

symbols for use in safety signs

ISO 3864­4:2011, Graphical symbols — Safety colours and safety signs — Part 4: Colorimetric and

photometric properties of safety sign materials

ISO 7010, Graphical symbols — Safety colours and safety signs — Registered safety signs

ISO 17398, Safety colours and safety signs — Classification, performance and durability of safety signs

3 Terms and definitions
For the purposes of this document, the following terms and definitions apply.

ISO and IEC maintain terminological databases for use in standardization at the following addresses:

— ISO Online browsing platform: available at https:// www .iso .org/ obp
— IEC Electropedia: available at http:// www .electropedia .org/
3.1
emergency safety notice
instructions for occupants, to be followed in case of emergency
3.2
escape plan
...

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