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  1. 5 Sustainable Building Materials You Need to Know
    5 Sustainable Building Materials You Need to Know
    Sustainable goals include improving the way people live and build while creating a lower impact on the environment and the ability for future generations to meet their own needs in times to come. Sound too good to be true? If you are in the construction industry, you know it’s a very real thing called sustainable building. More than just a trend, the sustainable building offers environmental, economic, and social benefits making it something that will become an integral part of the industry as a whole. These factors help in governing the building design, quality of architecture, technologies and processes, working conditions, and serve as the basis for sustainable construction. The construction itself focuses on seven core principles throughout the building life-cycle which are protecting nature, reducing the consumption of resources, reusing resources, using recyclable resources, eliminating toxins, applying life-cycle costing, and an emphasis on quality. Some key best practices in green building have quickly taken over, as well as green materials that will help further define sustainable construction in the future.

    The Future Is Green

    Construction materials made from scratch not only require a lot of energy but can create waste in the process. In order to reduce this footprint, using low-impact green building materials that are sourced from renewable sources with the ability to be recycled when the building has reached its lifespan is so important. Often green building materials are either produced via an innovative process that lower harmful emissions into the atmosphere or sourced from sustainable forests.

    Here are five sustainable building materials to know:

    1. Photoluminescent Exit Signs

    Photoluminescent technology is currently one of the only non-electric, non-radioactive options on the market for approved emergency exit signs, making it a top choice for sustainable construction and buildings emergency exit signage. Options like Jessup’s UL924 listed PF100 photoluminescent exit sign and PM100 photoluminescent exit sign are not only easy to install and maintenance free, but they are recyclable and last up to 25 years without using any electricity. During a blackout or fire, the stored energy in the photoluminescent sign will make it immediately start to glow to allow people to be safely guided to the nearest exit. As with all of Jessup Manufacturing GloBrite® exit signs, the PM100 and PF100 are tested to glow a minimum of 90 minutes in a power outage or when the lights go out when fully charged. Photoluminescent emergency exit signs use phosphor as their main ingredient, which has properties to absorb, store, and then emit light at a later time when previously exposed to light. Photoluminescent exit signs act like a sponge by absorbing and holding light energy, and then will slowly release it when needed over an extended period of time. This allows photoluminescent exit signs to be an excellent green building material product that is hassle-free and safe.

    Other facts to know about photoluminescent exit signs:

    • Builders can earn points towards LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) — the most widely used green building rating system in the world, by choosing photoluminescent exit signs and exit path markings.
    • Numerous U.S. building codes already require photoluminescent exit markings and signage.
    • According to Energy Star, if your building replaced 100 LED exit signs with eco-friendly photoluminescent exit signs, you would be looking at an energy cost savings of over $450 a year.
    • When choosing a photoluminescent exit sign make sure it is UL 924 Emergency Lighting and Power Equipment listed by UL, meets NFPA Life Safety Code 101, OSHA requirements and International Building and Fire Code 2009, 2012, 2015, 2018

    2. Bamboo

    Bamboo has got to be one of the most well-known green building material products on the market and for good reason. With the species able to regenerate at an exponential rate (in some cases 3 feet in 24 hours) and the fact that it can take a beating without needing to be replaced very often, it makes for a viable flooring or cabinet choice in buildings and can also contribute towards the allocation of LEED points for builders. Bamboo also takes less energy to transport than other comparable durable materials on the market due to its lightweight nature. However, it has been known to swell and even crack if it absorbs water and should never be installed without treatment to resist insects and rot. The fact that bamboo offers greater compressive strength than brick or concrete, looks beautiful, and is a rapidly renewable material makes it an excellent choice for a sustainable building material.

    3. Cork

    Similar to bamboo, cork is another quickly growing resource that builders can take advantage of when it comes to various parts of their construction process. Being extremely flexible and resilient, it makes for great floor tiles. Cork’s natural ability to absorb noise and shock make it an excellent green choice for insulation and sub-flooring. Another interesting fact about cork is when left uncoated, it is naturally fire resistant and does not release any toxic gases if burned. Because cork is primarily found in the Mediterranean does mean that shipping fees can become considerable. Luckily, cork is lightweight— meaning it takes less energy to ship it, and often this can offset the shipping fees. Cork does not rot or absorb water like bamboo but will become brittle over time.

    4. Recycled metal

    What’s old is new again. By taking metals like steel and aluminum and properly and efficiently reusing or recycling them into new products, it lowers their embodied energy, thus making them more sustainable. A metal like steel is endlessly recyclable (in fact it is North America’s #1 recycled material), nontoxic to humans or the environment, and uses relatively low energy to produce initially. Thanks to advances in manufacturing technology, the energy to produce raw steel has dropped 60% since 1960. Metals like this offer a strong, long-lasting, water, and pest resistant product in your building process. This makes metal an excellent choice for structural supports, building facades, and roofing. Additionally, check out the ways manufacturers are making steel even more sustainable:
    • Reusing the by-product gases from the furnaces as they are a direct fuel substitute.
    • Recapturing and cleaning CO2 by-products to make carbonated drinks.
    • Using electric arc furnaces for steel production which utilize 100% scrap metal. This means less energy than producing new steel.

    5. Precast concrete slabs

    Concrete is a natural choice for sustainable home construction. Limestone, the most abundant mineral on earth, is the predominant raw material found in concrete. Precast concrete slabs are generally produced via eco-friendly manufacturing processes offsite and then shipped in whole sections to the construction site. The outer layers usually envelop a lightweight filler, like foam insulation, or can be made entirely of concrete but have large, hollow air spaces, like concrete blocks. Even though it is heavy, it requires very little processing and can be produced in the specific quantities needed for each project, making its embodied energy noteworthy. Precast concrete slabs’ sustainability factor is even higher than many traditional poured concrete options because the slabs often take much less energy to produce and assemble. Because they are in a controlled environment, precast concrete also has the ability to cure in a controlled environment. Concrete poured on site is prone to improper curing which can lead to cracks and structural faults within the concrete and in some cases the need to demolish the concrete and start the entire process over again. Precast concrete slabs hold up to all kinds of weather, so they are commonly used for walls, building facades, and even floors and flat roofs. Concrete is also extremely energy efficient, so homes and buildings built with them enjoy a significant cut to their heating and cooling bills, plus require small-capacity HVAC equipment. As a highly affordable building material, the ability to be recycled, and energy efficiencies precast concrete slabs are worth considering for your next building project. Thanks to the increasing demand for green developments, eco-friendly building materials are becoming the standard. From photoluminescent exit signs to reclaimed metal, using sustainable building materials allow you to build structures with a lower carbon footprint and improved energy efficiency, all while saving costs, increasing quality and improving efficiencies in the construction process. Actively work with your city and state to implement sustainable practices in building and as an organization seek LEED certification. Also, understand who you are working with when you buy your products. If the producer and fabricator don’t follow strict procedures regarding reuse, waste disposal, and other key operations, the above materials are moot- so vet your vendor and their sources carefully. The shift to sustainability won’t happen overnight, but through proper research, innovation, and participation from stakeholders, it will move forward to help future generations.
  2. Biggest Slip and Fall Stories in the News
    Biggest Slip and Fall Stories in the News
    Slip and fall lawsuits are unfortunately all too common throughout the United States. While some are scams, many of them are very real as slip and falls are the number one cause of accidental injury, resulting in 20.8 percent of all emergency room visits. We are looking at several top slip and fall lawsuits making headlines that have been ongoing for years and are still waiting on judgments. Which way do you think they’ll go? Could they have been prevented with different slip and fall precautionary measures put in place?

    Case 1: Woman Suing McDonald’s Over Slip and Fall

    A woman claims she was injured after she allegedly slipped and fell on wet floors at a McDonald's in O’Fallon, Illinois. She filed a complaint on May 13, alleging negligence. In the suit, it states that she was a guest at the McDonald's on April 7 when she was allegedly injured due to a dangerous condition that had been left to exist. She claims she slipped and fell on wet floors, causing her to suffer severe and permanent injuries. The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to provide adequate warnings of the condition, failed to provide adequate and safe egress for guests on the property to maneuver and move about, and negligently permitted the presence of a condition causing unreasonable risk of harm. The plaintiff is seeking relief of more than $50,000. Our Restaurant Slip and Fall Prevention Tips: Nearly all restaurants have floor safety procedures in place, but whether they’re followed appropriately is another thing. Restaurants are commonly top offenders for slip and fall accidents so having your staff knowledgeable on the importance of these safety measures and trained on implementing them is important. Other best practices for preventing slip and fall accidents in restaurants include:
      • Slip-Resistant Flooring: With the floors of restaurants are constantly being hit with beverages, grease, or spilled food, the texture of your floors is very important. Having flooring that is slip-resistant will help with the daily hustle, including patrons and employees moving about.
    • Anti-Slip Film: Having an anti-slip film that is mop-friendly like our Safety Track 3500 Resilient Medium Grade anti-slip film is also helpful to have around beverage areas, sinks and in bathrooms to further help in preventing slip and fall accidents.
    • Use mats and rugs, but with caution: Mats and rugs are great to offer prevention, but if not properly maintained, they can actually be the cause of these accidents. Replace old and frayed rugs immediately, make sure they are not curling at the corners, and use a mat that either has a high-traction backing or put an anti-slip tape underneath it to prevent movement, such as those certified by the NFSI.

    Case 2: Slip and Fall Case Against Target Seeking $1.2 million Remanded Back to State Court

    On May 20, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania determined Target took too long to remove the plaintiff's slip-and-fall case to a federal court and granted her motion to remand it back to state court. The plaintiff sued Target in a Philadelphia County Court back in November 2018, saying she suffered injuries after she fell in a Target in 2017. She asked for more than $50,000, plus legal costs and delay damages. Target was served Dec. 24, 2018, and had until March 12 to respond. The plaintiff then followed up with a Case Management Conference memorandum that consisted of a demand for $1.2 million on March 4. On March 12, Target removed the case to federal court but filed the notice of removal after the allotted 30 days, causing the court to grant the plaintiff's motion. The plaintiff said she slipped on what she described as a “liquid” substance on the floor of a Target store and “suffered a cosmetic disfigurement and she may continue to suffer (the) same for an indefinite time in the future," according to the ruling.

    Our Retail Slip and Fall Prevention Tips: In retail stores, especially large ones like Target, it can be challenging to keep track of every nook and crannies in the store to make sure spills are promptly cleaned. It is important to make sure employees are doing rounds and alerting appropriate team members if liquids are spilled, so they can have signage put up immediately and take care of the potential hazard. Beyond that, additional products and practices that can help in preventing slip and fall accidents in retail include:

      • Keep your space clean. Cluttered floors, clothes off hangers, or boxes of unpacked merchandise on the floor are top offenders of trip and fall accidents in retail. Make sure employees keep areas tidy and at the end of their shift, organize the spaces for which they are responsible.
    • Proper products matter. Having the right products easily accessible plays a crucial role in preventing slip and fall accidents in retail stores. Providing wet floor signs, clean up supplies like paper towels and mops in a convenient location that all employees are aware of is important. Also, consider using a slip-resistant floor cleaner to further prevent any accidents from occurring.
    • If you have an uneven floor that changes in height, it is a good idea to use either a caution sign, caution tape or have railings in place. Always make sure to use a non-slip film in these areas because it is commonplace for a fall.

    Case 3: Vacationer Alleges Slip and Fall on Carnival Cruise Ship

    A vacationer alleges that he was injured aboard a Carnival cruise ship is suing the well-known cruise ship company. The plaintiff filed a complaint April 26 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against Carnival Corporation, alleging negligence. The plaintiff alleges on Feb. 26, 2018, he was caused to slip and fall shortly after boarding the Carnival Inspiration. The fall occurred, the suit says, when Barrios went to the wrong muster station, causing the Carnival employee to lead the plaintiff to the correct one. The plaintiff further alleges he was holding the arm of his travel companion who was being pulled by the Carnival employee and the plaintiff fell on the stairs, resulting in injuries to his spine and causing him to lose enjoyment of life. Carnival filed an answer to the plaintiff’s allegations of negligence, arguing that Barrios' action was precluded in the plaintiff’s ticket. The defendant also alleged that they were not responsible for the plaintiff’s injury. The court has agreed with the plaintiff and decided to strike affirmative defenses two and seven, as stated by Carnival. The court believes the defendant's second defense impermissibly seeks to preclude the plaintiff’s ability to bring forth a negligence claim, which the defendant is not allowed to do. The seventh defense seeks to shift the blame for the incident to a third party, which is not permitted under general maritime law. The plaintiff asked that the defendant’s second and seventh defenses be struck. U.S. District Judge Federico A. Moreno heard the case. Our Cruise Ship Slip and Fall Prevention Tips: Unfortunately, wet surfaces make up 55% of all slip, trips, and falls in the hospitality industry and when on a cruise ship, it’s going to be wet sometime, somewhere during your stay onboard. That is one reason why cruise ships have to take extra precautionary measures to keep both employees and patrons safe. We have compiled a list of the top areas slip and fall accidents commonly occur on the cruise ship and what can be done to prevent them and protect those aboard.
    • Heavy-duty grit tapes need to be used. Grit tapes can withstand the elements the ocean brings aboard and should be used throughout the ship deck, on ramps, within dining quarters, bathrooms, and stair treads.
    • Wear proper footwear. Employees should all be required to wear slip-resistant shoes, and guests should be strongly encouraged to do the same. Having that extra traction can make a big difference if you hit a wet spot while walking.
    • Make sure you have adequate lighting. Dimly lit spaces are just waiting for accidents. With many of the ship-goers unfamiliar with the boat, it is especially important for cruise ships to have adequate lighting, especially in hallways, ramps, and in stairwells.
    As a business owner, it is essential to take precautionary measures and train your staff to know the right steps to take if a person on your property says they had a slip and fall accident. With more than 8.7 million people injured from a slip, trip and fall incidents every year in the United States, the threat is a very real one that could occur in your building, especially if you don’t take proper measures to prevent them. Contact our team at Jessup to discuss how we can help you assess your building and help you with slip and fall prevention.
  3. What You Need to Know About Photoluminescent Emergency Signage for Passenger Rail Cars
    What You Need to Know About Photoluminescent Emergency Signage for Passenger Rail Cars
    The American Public Transit Association (APTA) is known as the leader in advancing public transportation and setting the standards in creating public transportation that is available, accessible, and safe for all Americans in communities across the country. APTA has specific safety standards when it comes to all areas of public transportation, including bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, waterborne passenger services, and high-speed rail. This week we are taking time to help you navigate the specific photoluminescent emergency signage safety requirements for passenger rail cars. Photoluminescent emergency signage is now a requirement in all passenger rail equipment. It is important to have the correct photoluminescent product in its correct placement because when a rail car loses its power, this emergency signage will be the visible light to guide those on the train to safety.

    F.A.Q. on Photoluminescent Materials Used For Emergency Signage:

    What is photoluminescent material? Phosphor is the main ingredient found in photoluminescent materials, including photoluminescent emergency signage. Phosphor can absorb, store, and emit light at a later time when it is exposed beforehand to light. APTA states that photoluminescent material (which they call PL throughout their readings) is material that has the property of emitting light that continues for a length of time after excitation by visible or invisible light has been removed (i.e., self-illuminating).
    What is high-performance photoluminescent (HPPL) material? Throughout APTA’s Passenger Rail Equipment Safety Standards when discussing photoluminescent safety signage, it references using high-performance photoluminescent material (HPPL). This is a photoluminescent material that is capable of emitting light at a very high rate and for an extended period of time. To meet HPPL standards, the material must have a minimum luminance value of 7.5 millicandelas per square meter (7.5 mcd/m2), for 1.5 hours after removal of the charging light source. Unless otherwise permitted in standard SS-PS-002-98, Rev. 3, the charging light source is specified as a fluorescent lamp with a color temperature of 4000-4500°K that provides an illuminance of no more than 1 fc on the test sample for a duration of no more than 1 hour. We know this may sound confusing. To make it simple, when looking for a photoluminescent material for your passenger rail emergency signage, be sure to check that the product meets their specific safety standards APTA SS-PS-002-98 (Rev.3) and APTA SS-PS-004-99 (Rev.2), like our Glo Brite® 7812 APTA compliant material. How can you ensure your HPPL system is getting adequately charged to perform when needed? To make sure your photoluminescent safety signage is ready to perform, your normal lighting system (i.e., light fixtures), needs to be located in the proximity of each HPPL component and oriented to ensure that the HPPL material is adequately exposed to charging light, according to APTA Safety Standards. These light fixtures located in the proximity of each HPPL system need to be specified so that their light-dispersion patterns provide the minimum illuminance levels at the surface of the component (check table located in section 2. 4.2 for details)

    Where should you apply photoluminescent emergency signage in passenger rail cars?

    APTA safety standards designate several areas that high-performance photoluminescent material should be used and how it should be applied. It is important to follow their requirements to ensure the safety of all employees and guests onboard. Location 1: Door Exit Handles, Latches or Operating Buttons All door exit handles, latches, or operating buttons should be marked with high-performance photoluminescent material using one of the following methods:
    • Outline stripping that is no less than 1 inch (2.54 cm) wide to the extent practicable around the perimeter of the opening device;
    • Area-wide pad that is applied to the door or door frame directly behind the handle or latch with no less than 16 square inches (103 cm2).
    Also, each door should be equipped with a separate manual override device for a power-operated door intended for emergency egress and should be marked with a sign/marking containing the words “Emergency Door Release,” “Manual Door Release,” or other similar wording. These signs or markings need to be placed at the manual door control or at an appropriate location in its immediate proximity. If it is not obvious where the manual release device is located relative to the door handle, latch or operating button, then a door emergency release locator sign needs to be posted. The manual door release locator sign(s) or marking(s) should consist of brief text, graphic arrow(s), or symbol(s) to direct passengers and crew members from the door control to the location of the manual door release. Location 2: Vestibule, End-Frame, and Side Doors Leading to the Exterior of the Car and Intended for Emergency Egress Passenger rail transit cars ordered on or after the adoption of these standards need to have HPPL material and follow these requirements:
    • Mark side door exit locations without independently powered emergency lighting.
    • Each side door opening intended for emergency egress leading to the exterior of the car shall be marked with a minimum of 144 square inches (929 cm2) of HPPL material placed no higher than 18 inches (45.7 cm) off the floor, with its lowest point no higher than 6 inches (15.2 cm) off the floor. This marking may be comprised of one or more panels placed either on the door and/or in its immediate vicinity. A door with two leaves that open for emergency egress is considered a single door opening. So, 144 square inches (930 cm2) of HPPL material is sufficient for that door opening.
    • To provide some illumination at the floor for passengers and crew members as they exit, to the extent practical, the material should not be placed on a door leaf/panel that is intended to open for emergency egress or on the part of a wall or partition that would be covered by a door leaf/panel in any position.
    • Signs and markings used to comply with the low-level egress path marking (LLEPM) requirements contained in the APTA Standard “Rail Transit Vehicle Low Level Exit Path Marking” may be counted toward this requirement to the extent that they meet the criteria noted above (e.g., HPPL door delineators required to meet the LLEPM requirements that are installed on the door 18 inches. off the floor would count as 36 square inches of the 144 square inches required).
    Location 3: Emergency Window Exits Ensure all emergency window exit markings are constructed of high-performance photoluminescent material.

    What should you look for when choosing a high-performance photoluminescent (HPPL) system?

    The manufacturer or supplier of the HPPL material should be able to provide independent laboratory certified test result reports showing that all tested samples of passive HPPL material, as used in the finished component configurations (including any cover or protective coating if used, but not including text or graphics), complies with the minimum luminance criterion of 7.5 mcd/m2 , after 1.5 hours, when tested according to the provisions of ASTM E-2073-07, “Standard Test Method for Photopic Luminance of Photoluminescent (Phosphorescent) Markings”, with the following three modifications:
    • Activation: The HPPL material shall be activated with a fluorescent lamp of 40 W or less and a color temperature of 4000-4500º K that that provides no more than 1 fc of illumination as measured on the material surface. The activation period shall be for no more than 1 hour.
    • Luminance: The photopic luminance of all specimens of the HPPL material shall be measured with a luminance meter as described in 5.2 (of ASTM E-2073), a minimum of 1.5 hours after activation has ceased.
    • Luminance in mcd/m2: The test report shall include a luminance measurement of 1.5 hours after activation has ceased.
    The manufacturer or supplier is required to have a minimum of one batch of material for signs and/or markings of a given type certified. Know that signs or markings of the same certified type of material can be sold to multiple customers, even with minor changes in text or typography. The color and contrast of your PL or HPPL material are also very important. APTA Safety Standards states that the lettering and pictogram(s) utilized on interior emergency exit signage or markings needs to be able to achieve a luminance contrast ratio of not less than 0.5, as measured by a color-corrected photometer. The document recommends that the color contrast choice for all new and replacement signage is red lettering/graphics on a light PL background, preferably with a matte finish, except for those instances in which bold contrast with the background on which the sign is placed would not be attainable. It states that having a contrasting border around the outer edge of the sign will also enhance visibility. The standard also notes that the more of the HPPL surface that is visible, the more conspicuous the resulting sign. It warns that graphics or heavy text covering the HPPL material will reduce the light output of the sign letters, and thus the conspicuity and legibility of the signs as well, even though the HPPL material passes the tests required. The Passenger Rail Equipment Safety Standards (PRESS) applies to all commuter rail programs, and you can read the entire PRESS program in detail here. Please contact us with any questions regarding photoluminescent safety signage for your passenger rail cars.
  4. Top 4 Places for Slip and Fall Accidents
    Top 4 Places for Slip and Fall Accidents
    Did you know that slip and falls are the number one cause of accidental injury, resulting in 20.8 percent of all emergency room visits? We are all accident prone, it's a fact of life. With slip and fall accidents bound to happen, all we can do is limit dangers and hazards around areas and learn how to protect ourselves in order to prevent these mishaps from occurring. Some places tend to be more notorious for slip and fall injuries, so we are taking a look at them on the blog today to see what can be done to prevent accidents before they occur and protect people who find themselves in these top places for slip and fall accidents.

    BOATS

    From small fishing boats to large cruise or naval ships, boating continually ranks as one of the top places to experience a slip and fall accident. Even the safest ships that follow all rules, regulations and technological innovations still have people experiencing slip and fall accidents while aboard. Why? Because when you combine sleek surfaces and the continuous wave motions, accidents are prone to occur. In fact, wet surfaces make up 55% of all slip, trips, and falls in the hospitality industry! By taking proper precautions, you can greatly decrease the risk that an accident will occur while onboard a boat.

    Tips to Prevent Boat Slip and Fall Accidents:

    • For indoor areas of the boat, utilize non-slip tape or a non-slip floor coating in the kitchen quarters where all food prep takes place. Jessup’s Flex Track offers a non-abrasive adhesive to prevent slip and falls and is still comfortable on bare feet.
    • For exterior parts of boats, consider a stronger grade of non-slip tape or adhesive such as the Safety Track® 3800 Series which can withstand saltwater and ultraviolet exposure.
    • Stairs need to have non-slip stair treads applied and handrails in place.
    • Specific areas of the boat that need non-slip tape include: ramps, stairs, baths, pools, and the boat deck.
    • Make sure proper signage is in place, including wet location exit signs for outdoor areas of the boat.
    • Make sure any rugs are secured to the floor to prevent tripping.
    • Check lighting in hallways and exterior to make sure areas are well lit.
    • Maintain a clean boat. Mop up wet areas and putting proper signage down immediately and remove clutter, cords or other potential tripping hazards.
    • Always wear shoes with friction while on a boat.
      The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) states that at least 43% of reported maritime injuries are a result of slip and fall accidents. Many boating slip and fall accidents can be preventing by taking the time to implement proper safety measures, offering better training for employees, and improving equipment maintenance.

    RESTAURANTS

    Because of all the grease, oil, liquid and food in restaurants they are a common offender for slip and fall accidents. Most restaurants take some measures to prevent slip and fall accidents and have floor safety procedures in place, but whether employees are following them appropriately is another question. Here are common best practices when it comes to slip and fall safety prevention at restaurants.

    Tips to Prevent Restaurant Slip and Fall Accidents:

    • Install slip-resistant flooring. Because the floors of restaurants are being hit with all sorts of liquids, the texture of the floors is extremely important in not only the back kitchen, but the dining and bathroom areas. Choosing a flooring that is slip-resistant will help with the daily hustle, including patrons and employees moving about.
    • Install an anti-slip film that is mop friendly to high traffic areas. Using a product like our Safety Track® 3500 Resilientâ„¢ Medium Grade anti-slip film around beverage areas, sinks, bathrooms, or in front of the stove can be an extra inexpensive barrier to further prevent slip and fall accidents.
    • Consider adding stair treads and ramp tread. Many people are moving around restaurants quickly, so if your establishment has stairs, consider adding stair treads as an added layer of protection.
    • Use a NFSI certified floor cleaner to clean your floors. This will ensure they are not slippery, but still perfectly clean.

    CONSTRUCTION SITES

    OSHA continually puts fall violations within the construction industry as one of their top offenders. In fact, within the construction industry alone 991 workers lost their lives on the job in 2016. Having a fall prevention program in place and implementing a workplace slip and fall training can help give employers and employees the necessary training and tools needed to recognize, assess, and control potential slip, trip, or fall hazards. Consider these tips when working to prevent construction site slip and fall accidents.

    Tips to Prevent Construction Site Slip and Fall Accidents:

    • Put a clear statement or policy in place regarding the company’s strategy behind your slip and fall program. Help employees understand the purpose of the program and what is expected of the employer and employee, including their responsibilities in slip and fall prevention.
    • Training your employees is the greatest way for them to feel confident in their daily duties. A slip and fall training should be part of all employee onboarding and a continual slip and fall education should be held daily, quarterly, or yearly depending on the employees’ position. OSHA found that these types of training can reduce the risk of workplace injury and illness by up to 60%.
    • Know your workplace slip and fall risks and continually assess the area for changes.
    • Make sure you have the right equipment and products for slip and fall prevention. This will vary depending on your job, but common products used for slip and fall prevention within the construction industry includes:
      1. Correct footwear
      2. Handrails on stairs series greater than 3
      3. Caution signs for level changes
      4. Grit tape and grit treads in areas with liquid present or where heavy duty resistance is needed

    POOLS

    Swimming is the fourth most-popular sport in the United States according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Like any activity involving water, slip and fall accidents are bound to happen. In fact, over 39,500 people annually will seek hospital emergency room care for injuries involving below-ground pools and about 10,000 will need treatment for injuries related to above-ground pools according to the United States Consumer Product and Safety Commission. By limiting the dangers and hazards around pool areas, we can significantly work to prevent pool injuries from slips and falls. You can start by reviewing your pool and applying our tips to help prevent accidents from occurring.

    Tips to Prevent Pool Slip and Fall Accidents:

    • Start by checking the deck of the pool because it is the most common place for a slip and fall to occur. Often made of concrete, it can create a slip-n-slide effect if not monitored properly. Put proper safety signs in place and work to keep the pool deck dry. This can be easier said than done during busy times, but by making sure to review your horizontal depth markers on the pool deck it can help. They should be slip-resistant to be in accordance with the 2018 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code. Also, make sure the pool deck is slip-resistant at minimum within 4 feet of the pool according to 2018 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code.
    • Slide platforms and diving boards should have slip-resistant walking equipment. If steps are being used to access either of these, then the steps should be self-draining, with corrosion resistant stairs and ladders and slip-resistant stair treads.
      Steps and ladders should be continually reviewed to make sure they have a slip-proof surface that is working well.
    These are just a few places that commonly see slip and fall accidents. The quality of one’s life can be greatly impacted by taking a spill and falling in just the wrong way. By doing your part to work on fall prevention, it can mean the difference between life and death for yourself or someone else. By using our tips and working to put a program in place to plan to protect patrons and employees, you will be doing your part to prevent falls. A slip and fall safety program doesn’t have to be complex, but can make all the difference. By changing some daily habits, making some simple (usually inexpensive) changes, and continually assessing areas you can help to reduce slip and fall accidents. What other places do you commonly see slip and fall accidents occur? What additional tips would you offer up? If you have questions regarding non-slip adhesives, stair treads or other non-slip films contact our team of experts at Jessup Manufacturing to help walk you through the best options to fit your location.
  5. What is the Running Man Exit Sign and Where is It Used?
    What is the Running Man Exit Sign and Where is It Used?
    We're all aware of the classic American emergency exit sign. The one that has been around since 1911 and spells out the word "EXIT" in bright red lettering. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) went on to create criteria for emergency-exit signage, taking into consideration various contrast levels and evaluating different lettering sizes, eventually publishing the standards adopted by state and local governments across the states. We see these bright signs hovering over doors and corridors within America's buildings, directing us to safety. But what about the rest of the world? Internationally, many countries have adopted some version of the ISO standard, a symbol deemed the "Running Man exit sign". Should your building consider implementing the Running Man exit signs? First, a brief history of exit signs is needed in order to understand how they have evolved and where we are at today. In the United States, it all started in 1911. A huge fire in a downtown Manhattan garment factory killed 146 workers, which sparked NFPA to act on creating a way to get people out of buildings quicker. Thus, the American EXIT sign was born. Early exit signs were made of either metal and lit by a nearby incandescent light bulb or having a white glass cover with "EXIT" written in red, placed directly in front of a single-bulb light fixture. However, in the case of a fire, the power to these lights often failed or were barely visible, rendering them useless for their important job. This evolved to adding red-tinted globes in the emergency exit signs to allow for better visibility. Through the years better emergency EXIT signs have been developed and today we have several options on the market. These include the most popular photoluminescent emergency exit signs and LED emergency exit signs. Jessup Manufacturing's Glo Brite® emergency exit signs are engineered with photoluminescent material which allows them to absorb and store LED, fluorescent, metal halide or mercury vapor light. Photoluminescent exit signs require no electricity and no maintenance.

    But what about the green-lit pictogram Running Man exit sign?

    While the bright red EXIT signs were being implemented all over America, the little green lit Running Man exit sign was being developed by a Japanese pictogram designer named Yukio Oto in the late 1970's. He states that his goal in creating the sign was to communicate to people to "run slowly." The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) was ready to adopt a Soviet Union pictogram, but after hearing about the extensive testing Ota put this sign through, ISO decided to take it into consideration. Ota's sign eventually won out and was adopted for international use in 1985. Ota's design of the Running Man exit sign is argued to have a couple key advantages over the red EXIT signs:
    • It's green. Red is often the international color meaning danger or don't touch. Green, on the other hand, is a color of safety and means go all over the world.
    • It's a pictogram. It's a universal language with no barriers. Visitors speaking any language are able to understand what a person running through a door in a specific direction means.
    Agree or disagree with these statements, they stand at the center of the great emergency exit sign debate that has been brewing for 30+ years now. Throughout the world, exit signs follow ISO standards and use the green pictogram of a figure running and an arrow in the direction of the exit. These signs may also have words in the local language indicating an exit. For these reasons, many countries now use some version of this ISO standard created by Ota.

    Australia Makes the Switch to the Running Man Exit Sign

    After many European countries, Japan, and others moved away from the EXIT sign, Australia decided to follow suite in 2005. The National Construction Code (Building Code of Australia) shifted away from the word ˜EXIT" to the universal pictograph through the introduction of Australian Standard 2293, 'Emergency escape lighting and exit signs for buildings.' This update brought Australia into line with the international standards outlined in ISO3864-1.

    Canada Also Moves to the Running Man Exit Sign

    In 2010, Canada's National Building Code (NBC) made the change to the Running Man exit sign stating that red and white EXIT or UT” signs needed to be replaced by a sign of a white or green man running towards the emergency exit. The change is largely being driven by the country's changing demographics and reflects a desire to help those who don't speak English or French, according to Phil Rizcallah, director of the National Research Council's building regulations group. The Ontario government now requires every new building or major building renovation undertaken since Jan. 1, 2014 to include these new emergency exit signs. By implementing the green Running Man emergency exit sign, they believe it will be easier for those visiting or immigrants of the country to understand where to go in case of an emergency. They also include that the signs may also be photoluminescent, which allows them to give off their light without the need for electricity.

    Benefits of the Running Man Exit Sign

    We briefly mentioned earlier a few potential advantages of the Running Man exit sign. Advocates of the Running Man emergency exit signs debate those and other reasons why they are superior to regular EXIT signs.
    • No matter where it is installed, the Running Man exit sign can be configured to your emergency exit location. The sign can be purchased depicting a Running Man going left (←), right (→) or here (↓). And unlike conventional EXIT signs, the Running Man will never have arrows in two different directions, making it crystal clear on where the quickest path to exit is.
    • Green is a more sensible color then red when it comes to emergency exit signs. The NFPA does acknowledge this point and it is important to note they never mandated the EXIT signs be in red, simply that a contrast exists between the text and the background. Green is thought to mean go and safety, while many state that red indicates stop or harm.
    • It has been argued that the Running Man exit signs are more visible than regular EXIT signs due to the use of imagery and color.

    Should Your Building Use the Running Man Exit Sign?

    While the NFPA has no plans to substitute the classic American emergency EXIT sign anytime soon, you can't deny the Running Man's widespread appeal. Many large municipalities, as well as international companies within the United States, have begun to add the ISO Running Man exit signs to better communicate safe exits for international visitors in their buildings. NFPA states they have considered the change on several occasions and although they don't object to the Running Man emergency exit sign and the green color, they see no reason to make a mandated change. In fact, NFPA even includes Ota's ISO Running Man within the group of auxiliary symbols that their members may use and also allows the use of pictograms in tandem with the "EXIT" text, where local jurisdictions allow. However, NFPA says they have no current plans to eliminate the classic "EXIT" sign, which they state works perfectly fine stateside. Still, you will notice more green lit "EXIT" signs are popping up throughout the United States (although red is still the predominant color of choice). Even more, in 2006 New York City amended its fire code to mandate that high-rises include the ISO Running Man pictogram sign on fire doors on each floor. There is no denying that exit signs play an important role in keeping people across the world safe. Since the Running Man exit sign is not subject to any language barrier, this universal symbol is a smart choice when it comes to optimizing fire safety procedures within a building. As a leader in fire prevention, Jessup Manufacturing is proud to offer a wide range of emergency exit sign options for your facility, including various Running Man exit signs.      

Safety in the Summertime: Using Non-Slip Tape for Poolside Safety

Summertime is finally here, and everyone is ready to get outside and play. Splashing in swimming pools is a favorite among summer recreation activities, and it’s easy to see why time spent swimming outdoors in the summer calls to mind childhood nostalgia. This is all the more reason to ensure that these kinds of fun family activities are made to be as safe as possible – so great memories can be made, and accidents prevented. With people anxious to jump in and take a dip, it’s essential to set up your aquatics areas for set up for safety—whether you own a personal pool or operate a public swimming facility. Commonly, poolside or swimming pool-related slip and fall accidents are culprits for injury during summer recreation. But thankfully, creating a high traction surface to keep your guests, family, or pool patrons safe is as simple as applying the correct non-slip tape.  Applied correctly, the use of non slip grip tape and grip tape for stairs around your pool will ensure that you’re well on your way to a safer, more comfortable environment for those using your pool, and it will lead to less worry and stress for you or for those maintaining the safety of your facility.

 

Take a thoughtful walk around your pool and consider every area of potential concern. Pay special attention to high traffic areas. You’ll want to focus your anti-slip protection on pool steps, stairs, ramps, and particularly slick areas. How can you be sure you’re choosing a tape or anti slip treads that you can trust? Choose an anti-slip tape with a rubberized, textured surface. Consider the surroundings and be sure you select anti-slip grip tape that is made to last under heavy foot traffic, but also select one that is made to be a pleasant surface for bare feet.  Choose a product that is NFSI certified for "High Traction”. Additionally, make sure as well that your tape or treads meet Prop 65, ADA, and OSHA standards. Apply the tape anywhere slips and falls may be likely to occur, and use the appropriate non-slip stair treads or stair tread grip tape where swimmers may be climbing steps to water slides or otherwise making use of stairs or steps around the pool. The anti slip stair treads and tape you choose should be resistant to water, of course, but also mop friendly and resistant to oils and grease.

 

Creating a high-traction surface with an aggressive adhesion you can count on through heat, damp, and lots of walking traffic is a must, so opt for non-skid stair treads and anti-slip tape that is designed specifically for commercial and industrial use. This is a time to do some research and choose the most trustworthy, reliable product you can find. Look for tape and treads that are specifically designed for wet areas like swimming pools, boats docks, and marine applications.

 

You can choose different sizes and colors, including clear anti-slip tape and 3m anti-slip tape, depending on your preferences and depending where the product will be applied. Take steps to make sure you, your employees, your family, and your customers stay safe on slippery surfaces, and prepare for a very fun, accident-free summer poolside.

17 day ago

Tips for Using Anti-Slip Tape in High-Traffic Shopping Areas

What's so useful about anti-slip tape and anti-slip treads? As customers come and go, traversing stairs in department stores, maneuvering down grocery aisles with shopping carts, or making their way in and out of a busy shop, one of the most common mishaps that can occur is a slip-and-fall accident. And some falls can have serious consequences. But thankfully, the use of non-slip tape instantly produces a safer surface virtually anywhere its needed, as it’s perfect for many types of surfaces. Create the perfect high-traction surface on stairs, in corridors, and on outdoor steps by using commercial-grade products designed to hold up over time, and you’ll be rewarded with a much lower risk of slipping and falling accidents. Fast and simple to use, you can adhere anti-slip grip tape and stair tread grip tape with easy, peel-and-stick application on any area of concern. Non-slip grip tape offers countless practical uses, including in transit, medical facilities, gyms and health clubs, and construction—but it certainly has a special place in retail for protecting both store employees and customers.

In any high-traffic retail space, extra precautions will be required to ensure the safety products you use are going to hold up through busy times, cleanings, and spills. For this, you can select a non-slip tape that delivers superior resistance to chemicals and fluids to help ensure long-lasting durability.  You can purchase excellent-quality grip tape for stairs that is appropriate for use on surfaces both inside and outside due to its super-strong adhesive system. Powerful adhesion makes heavy-duty non-slip tape ideal for semi-permanent placement that won’t let you down. And, along with it’s being strong and reliable once applied, this tape is also simple to trim or even take off if required. For great results, however, you must invest in a great product. Choose an anti-slip tape or anti-slip stair treads that are NFSI certified as high traction. Also check that your non-slip stair treads meet Prop 65, ADA, and OSHA standards.

As a retailer, you want to be sure you’re protecting your most vulnerable customers – especially children, senior citizens, and persons with disabilities. Use 3m anti slip tape on any slippery surface to immediately lower the risk of slips and falls, and remember that a quick application of non-skid stair treads can instantly reduce the risk of serious injury. To maintain the attractive look of your surfaces, you can use clear, anti-slip tape that delivers the safety benefits you’re looking for. If in doubt, choose treads and tape that feature silicon carbide grit for the most reliable high slip resistance on the market, and if you’re going to be using the tape in a variety of areas, look for a rubber adhesive you can count on to hold up in all kinds of indoor and outdoor conditions. Overall, a good non-slip tape and strong non-slip treads are some of the easiest, most reliable, and most cost-effective tools for keeping your customers and employees safer.

17 day ago

How and Where to Apply Anti-Slip Tape to Keep Your Retail Customers Safe

As retail stores continue to reopen and people venture out to shop brick-and-mortar stores in larger numbers, we’re reminded that retail customers often appreciate being able to do their shopping in person, rather than online. Being able to touch the product you’re considering and take it in its visual attributes with your own eyes is extremely helpful when shopping for certain types of products, and its clear that customers will take advantage of these opportunities if given the ability to do so safely. Moreover, even though legitimate concerns about covid-19 have currently overshadowed other common safety measures in the public conversation, those measures nonetheless remain as vital as they ever were. From grocery stores  and gyms to shopping malls, banks, and thousands of other commonly-frequented businesses and facilities, creating safe, anti-slip surfaces is important to ensuring the safety of shoppers, patrons, and customers. This is especially true for surfaces such as those on staircases, lifts, raised areas, inclines, and safety ramps.

It’s often the case that slipping and falling accidents can be prevented before they happen by taking simple, common-sense precautions. Products like anti-slip grip tape and non-skid stair treads are essential for creating safer surfaces in areas of potential slips and falls.  Properly equipped and well-kept surfaces make navigating a space far less hazardous for both retail shoppers and retail employees. Solutions like anti-slip treads and non-slip tape, are tried and true, not to mention extremely cost-effective. While unmaintained, nonstick flooring, steps and inclines pose a clear risk of slipping accidents, surfaces treated with non-slip grip tape or stair tread grip tape are far safer and less likely to cause slips and falls.  A devastating slip or a fall can happen in the blink of an eye, and such accidents regularly happen on many types of surfaces, both inside and out. Thankfully, though, preventing serious injury can often be as simple as thinking ahead and taking a simple, straightforward measure such as applying an anti-slip tape such as grip tape for stairs in busy areas.

If you are a business owner, you can take this moment in time to assess not only widespread current safety concerns, but to look at the daily measures you can take to stop accidents from happening in your restaurant, hotel, gym, or retail space. While you’re marking off areas for social distancing guidelines, also pause to give a thoughtful look to your surfaces, noting areas that are poorly maintained, slick, or uneven. Choose quality anti-slip stair treads or non-slip tape, and opt for the correct product for your application—for example, tape that is NFSI certified for "High Traction" and meets Prop 65, ADA, and OSHA standards—and you will be rewarded with the best possible results. There are a variety of types, colors, sizes, and grades available to choose from, so whether you need non-slip stair treads, 3m anti-slip tape, clear anti-slip tape, or a wide variety of other options, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for.

19 day ago

Restaurant Fire Exit Safety Tips

Restaurants are one of the top locations for accidental fires to break out. With kitchens bustling, mistakes are bound to happen, and a small fire can quickly turn big if the proper fire safety measures are not put into place. It is vital that everyone in the building is aware of how to prevent a fire and how to protect themselves during a fire.

A part of protecting employees and guests is ensuring your restaurant has the necessary fire safety and fire exit signs in place. That means placing the fire extinguisher symbol signs in the proper places to have your emergency exit signs easily visible from all areas of the restaurant. Fire signage plays an important role in getting guests out of the restaurant quickly and being able to put fires before they become overly problematic.

Restaurant Fire Signage Requirements

The International Building Code (IBC), International Fire Code (IFC) and National Fire Protection Association put numerous safety codes in place regarding fire safety signage. Some of the most popular fire signage requirements beyond the EXIT sign include:

Waterproof Exit Signs

If your fire exit signage will be hit with any type of liquid, you need to ensure you are using a wet location exit sign. This will ultimately leave out most electrical options. Consider photoluminescent fire safety signs for all areas that require wet location exit signs. These signs require no electricity and absorb the energy around them and emit it when needed.

PRO TIP: Make sure you choose a UL924 photoluminescent wet location exit sign.

Fire Extinguisher Symbol Signs

It is a requirement to have your fire extinguishers clearly marked. Fire extinguisher symbol signs offer a universal way for all languages to understand where the fire extinguisher is. Make sure you have the sign posted at minimum directly above the actual equipment. In many states and cities directional signage to the fire extinguisher will also be required. 

Safe Condition Signage

In case of a fire, it is important to not only have exit signs but advise building occupants of a way to safety. Safe condition signs can show escape routes, meeting points in case of fire, and information on where to find first aid equipment. It is important that all employees are trained and aware of your safe condition signage and that is visible to guests to help them navigate how to leave the building in case of a fire.

OSHA and Employee Fire Safety at Your Restaurant

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) oversees fire safety to ensure your restaurant workers are safe and protected in case of a fire. It is important to follow their guidelines and install the proper fire prevention and fire escape/fighting signs to ensure you are operating a safe environment for staff. 

 

While cooking is generally safe, a grease fire can still happen and get out of control quickly. While the best method is prevention, we know that accidents can happen. Make sure your staff is properly trained on how to put out a kitchen grease fire if it happens. As a last resort, make sure you have a fire extinguisher nearby and easy to locate with a fire extinguisher symbol sign. While it will contaminate the kitchen if you need to spray it, it is a much better option than your fire getting out of control.

 

OSHA comes in to conduct inspections on a regular basis to make sure your restaurant is compliant with their fire safety regulations. If your restaurant is not compliant with OSHA regulations, then expect to be hit with fines. Multiple penalties can mean hefty amounts of money, so it is not something to be disregarded.

 

Want Additional Information?

If you are looking to update your restaurant fire safety products or in the process of building a new restaurant reach out to the experts at Jessup Manufacturing to discuss your options. We can help guide you through your options and understand the requirements set forth by OSHA, IFC, IBC and the National Fire Protection Association.

19 day ago

Considering Clear Grip tape for your Skateboard | Jessup Manufacturing Co

No matter what you're doing on a skateboard, grip tape is going to be required to stay on it. Skateboard grip tape offers a gritty layer (think sandpaper) that is applied to the top of the board. Its purpose is to help your shoes grip the board, creating traction necessary to keep your feet on the board, especially when completing tricks. Grip tape is offered in a variety of colors and patterns, most recently clear grip has become increasingly popular and for good reason.

Why Clear Grip Tape?

Clear grip tape provides the same benefits as your colored grip tape, but one big added benefit. With more board brands coming out with decks that have increasingly elaborate graphics and designs, who wants to hide them? The transparency a clear grip tape offers allows everyone to see the deck while still providing the traction necessary.

 

Clear grip tape comes in a standard size of 9’’ x 33’’. This makes it a great fit for most all decks on the market today. Wider decks or longboards could require a larger sheet with varying levels of granularity.

Wear, Tear, and Cleaning

Skateboarders have grown to love clear grip tape because it provides the same traction as the other stuff but can show off their board’s cool designs and graphics too. Clear grip has a similar lifespan to other grip tapes out there, and cleaning is simple too.

 In order to keep your clear grip tape as long as possible, make sure your shoes are free of dirt before stepping foot on your board. Like any grip tape, it has a gritty texture and the dirt has the potential to leave unsightly marks. More importantly, it will also reduce the resistance and friction making it harder to skate.

If you do need to clean your clear grip tape it is really simple. Find a shoe brush or basic cleaning brush to carefully clean the dirt off. Keep up with this and your grip tape will thank you.

Once you start noticing that your feet aren’t sticking the way they used too, that’s when you know it's time to replace your grip tape. We recommended removing old grip tape with a hair dryer which allows it to easily peel off. Then you're all set to apply your new clear grip tape!

How to Apply Clear Grip Tape to Your Skateboard

Clear grip trip application is very similar to any other grip tape. If it is your first-time applying grip tape, go slow! It can be challenging, but with these few simple steps and tricks you’ll be going in to time:

  1. Peel the backing off the grip tape and bend it in a U-shape to apply onto your board. Apply the grip tape in small increments to avoid air bubbles. Use a light touch when you initially place it on the board.

PRO TIP: Push any air bubbles out using a skateboard wheel. If needed you can also poke a small hole in the bubble with your grip tape cutter to allow the air to escape.

  1. File the grip tape around the top edge of the deck.
  2. From the underside of the grip tape use a razor blade to fit it to the board.
  3. Use the leftover grip pieces to sand the edges of the board. This will keep the grip from peeling off.

Clear grip tape provides an excellent option for boards looking to show off their decks. Providing excellent traction and offering an easy application, it is comparable to your other colored grip tape options. If your grip tape has worn out or you just purchased an awesome new board that you don’t want to cover up, considering Jessup Manufacturing’s clear grip tape options.

29 day ago

What to know about Emergency Exit Signs for your small business

Emergency exit signs carry a hefty job to do with little notice. It can be confusing as a small business owner what is required when it comes to the ever-evolving word of exit sign and safety, but you are legally obligated to understand and follow fire safety laws properly to keep patrons and employees safe. Learn about various types of emergency exit signs and the million-dollar question of where and which ones do you need as a small business owner.

Building Fire Exits Sign Basics

OSHA requires that all workplace buildings have at least two fire exits located in far proximity from one another that can be used in fire emergencies. Examples of these include doors, windows, or another opening large enough for a person to crawl through to go outdoors. Certain businesses, like those of R-1 occupancy rating, will require additional measures to be taken when it comes to emergency exits. It is important to consult with your local and state fire safety guidelines to ensure you are covered.

 

OSHA also requires all fire exits to remain clear, unobstructed and clearly marked with lighted exit signs. An approved alarm system that is part of the fire door’s design is acceptable, but all other instances need to be removed from the exit.

Types of Emergency Exit Signs

From varying technology to styles of exit signs, the market is filled with many options. Depending on your type of business and location these are several types of exit signs you will need to be educated on.

Technology Options

As the industry grows, the technology offered for emergency exit signs improves. Currently, the most popular options are photoluminescent, fluorescent and LED. In particular, photoluminescent exit signs and egress systems have increased in popularity because of their longevity and ease of use.

Low Level Exit Signs

As their name implies, these are exit signs that you will find towards the ground. The letter requirements are the same as regular exit signs and can be internally or externally illuminated. Low level exit signs are not required for all small businesses, but according to the International Building Code and the International Fire Code, if your building has Group R-1 occupancy then floor level exit signs are required. Group R-1 occupancy is generally residential buildings containing sleeping units primarily used in a transient manner.

 

Running Man Exit Sign

Everyone has seen the classic bright red lettered EXIT sign in America. However, the running man exit sign has widespread global appeal. Throughout the world, exit signs follow the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and use the green pictogram of a figure running and an arrow in the direction of the exit.

 

Because the running man exit sign is not subject to language barriers and can be configured to your emergency exit location it makes a popular choice to optimize small business fire safety.

Wet Location Emergency Exit Signs

Required from any indoor or outdoor location that may produce condensation or become wet, wet location exit signs have a specific design and need to meet specific criteria from various authorities, including state and local codes. From exit signs near air conditioning units to those subject to the weather elements, wet locations are generally defined as interior or exterior locations in which liquid may come in contact with the exit sign.

 

State and city requirements vary, including some requiring wet location exit signs in places you wouldn’t normally consider. Make sure you do your due diligence to review your specific location rules to ensure you are properly complying. Pro tip: Indoor locations near sprinkler systems often are overlooked but need to wet location exit signs installed.

Keep Your Small Business Safe

Keep your small business safe by taking time to ensure that you are installing emergency exit signs in the correct locations and under the proper criteria. Regulating authorities include Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and International Building Code and International Fire Code. Understanding and implementing their criteria will ensure your building is prepared for fire emergencies.

 

Keep in mind that emergency exit requirements vary depending on the type of small business and location you run it in. With the exit sign and safety industry continuing to evolve, reach out to our experts at Jessup Manufacturing to discuss what emergency exit signs your small business should consider.

29 day ago

How to find the best skateboard grip tape | Jessup Manufacturing Co

Kickflips, ollies, zipping up and down the concrete. More than 6.4 million Americans are now experiencing skateboarding and traction is continuing to grow. When it comes to finding the best skateboard, it truly is a personal choice and depends on what you want to accomplish. One thing remains though: skateboards without grip tape are just not a complete skateboard. The grip tape is essential for keeping your feet on the board and providing traction to do tricks. Finding the best skateboard grip tape largely depends on your skating style, but there are several criteria to consider when making your purchasing decision.

 

Grip Tape That Doesn’t Destroy Your Shoes

Ripping up your shoes because of grip tape is commonplace in the sport. Considering that grip tape resembles sandpaper for sanding wood, but now it is being used for just the opposite- we are using it to grip ourselves to wood on a board. You can imagine how after time that will wreak havoc on the shoes you are pressing it up against.

 

You will want to look for a grip tape that isn’t too sharp, but grips well enough for the job. If you are skating around town and “just messing around” you can likely choose a grip tape that has a lower grain. However, if you are planning to use the board to do a ton of tricks, you’ll want to go with something of at least a medium grain to give you the traction needed.

 

If you’re just starting out, we recommend going with something less grippy. It won’t destroy your shoes while you are learning and you can work your way up to more traction as needed.

 

Grip Tape Sizes

The size of your board will dictate what grip tapes you should look at. Ideally, you want something that will seamlessly cover your entire board so you’ll need to know your board dimensions prior to purchasing. Skateboard and longboard grip tape are made of the same material, though it is sold in different sizes to accommodate different sizes of skateboard deck.

 

Grip tape is usually made in 9’’ x 33’’ sheets which are perfect for street skateboard setups. Longboard grip tape will measure differently, in some cases up to 12’’ x 4’’. If you have a cruiser or old school skateboard the dimensions may vary so, make sure you have them handy when you go to order.

Ease of Application

While some decks will have grip tape already on them, you will likely have to replace yours at some point. While applying skateboard grip tape is a fairly straightforward and easy process, the best skateboard grip tape will go on smoothly with little to no air bubbles.

Air bubbles can be very common with applications (especially for first timers), so don’t dismay. Rolling out your wheel over the grip tape should smooth out any bubbles.

 

Grip Tape Designs & Colors

Grip tape has come a long way since it was introduced to boarders in the 1970’s. Black colored grip tape is still the most common, but it can really be your own personal art. Some of the best skateboard grip tape we have seen offers bright colors, patterns, and our personal favorite is the clear grip tape to show off your deck.

 

Whatever your personality, there is likely to be a grip tape to reflect it. Skaters will also get creative and get patterns into their grip tape to help them easily tell between the nose and tail of the board. Some boards have even started graffiti art on their grip tape, spray painting their own designs.

 

Pricing

Pricing varies with grip tape, starting around $4 upwards of $20. Depending on what you are looking to do on your board, you can easily purchase a less expensive option and be perfectly fine. If you are looking to do more complex tricks, you might want to explore a grittier option which will come with a heftier price tag. However, gritty also means your shoes are more likely to shred quickly. Some boards opt for less grit, knowing they will need to replace it more in order to save the integrity of their board shoes. At the end of the day, it really will come down to how you want to skate and how much you mind (or don’t mind) replacing your grip tape.

Find Your Personal Best Skateboard Grip Tape

Choosing what is the best skateboard grip tape ultimately ends up being a personal preference. Although it doesn’t get as much attention as the deck and wheels, having the best skateboard grip tape for you is a crucial element to your board. With it being a one-time use component and fairly inexpensive the good news is that if you don’t like what you purchase, you can go back to the drawing board the next time around.

Shop our variety of skateboard grip tape options now.

1 month ago

OSHA Compliant Fire Safety Signs | Jessup Manufacturing Company

Fire safety signs are something you might ignore until a fire breaks out and then you’ll rely on them more than ever. Fire safety signs help people within a building respond quickly if a fire happens and also offer guidance on how to prevent fires. From fire extinguisher safety signs to fire exit signs, these are all regulated by numerous agencies. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) governs the signs to ensure that workers are kept safe and protected.

 

Fire safety signs fall into two categories: prevention and fire escape/fighting signs. For example, you might have several types of fire extinguisher safety signs. One could be to direct people to the fire extinguisher while another offers instructions on accessing it. In most cases, both types of signs will be required to ensure employees and people within the building are well informed on how to prevent and be safe during a fire emergency.

How to Mount Fire Safety Signs

Besides the obvious of making your fire safety signs clearly readable and able to be identified, OSHA does not offer requirements beyond that. Common sense of the business owner would come into play to ensure the signs can be visible to the largest number of people within the building. For example, fire extinguisher safety signs should generally be above or around the extinguisher itself. Arrows directing people to the fire extinguisher might be necessary if it is not in a visible place. Placing fire safety signs higher (5’+) is preferred because it allows the signs to be seen both up close and also from a distance.

 

You can mount your fire safety signs either on the wall or ceiling depending on the need. Whatever you choose you will want to make sure they are permanently and securely mounted. Three-dimensional fire extinguisher safety signs are growing in popularity because they allow the sign to be located from all directions. Glow-in-the-dark fire extinguisher safety signs are also a great investment in safety because it allows for visibility if the lights go out. Signs can be found in various languages or bilingual and with symbols to ensure they are universally understood.

Fire Safety Signs Are Required by Law

Besides creating a safer building, these signs are required by law. OSHA has very specific rules around how employees are protected within their workplace and fire safety signage is one way they ensure employees are safe. This goes for any workplace, including construction trailers, offices, restaurants, or retail to name a few.

 

OSHA will conduct inspections to make sure workplaces are compliant with these regulations. Failing to comply with OSHA will result in fines or even stronger consequences. Penalty amounts will vary based on the severity or number of violations the business has been given.

Types of Fire Safety Signs 

There is a wide range of fire safety signs. You will want to select a company that is fully up to date on fire safety sign requirements. Signs should be durable and easy to read from a distance. In some cases, you might even want to look for glow-in-the-dark fire safety signs. Some widely used fire safety signs include:

Fire Extinguisher Safety Signs

These signs are critical for people to be able to easily find and operate a fire extinguisher. OSHA has very specific guidelines set forth on fire extinguisher safety. Glow-in-the-dark fire extinguisher safety signs or those with arrows are extremely popular.

Fire Exit Safety Sign

Probably the most well-known fire safety sign. Your fire exit signs should be placed above all exit doors and clearly marked. They must be lit at all times and if the sign is not clearly visible you will need to put markings to the fire exit.

Use Stairways (in case of fire) Sign

The use stairway in case of fire signs should be placed near elevators within the building. Stairway doors should also be clearly marked.

 

Be Prepared and Be Compliant

Fire safety is no small deal. Ensuring your building is equipped with the right fire safety signage is critical to the wellbeing of all people in your building. At Jessup Manufacturing we carry a large option of fire safety signs and know what signs are needed to be in compliance with OSHA and other regulating authorities.

1 month ago

Preventing Losses with the Proper Fire Safety Signage

In the event of a fire, every second counts when it comes to getting the situation under control. That’s why safety measures need to be in place at all times, and fire safety gear, like your facility’s fire extinguishers, must be rapidly identifiable. This is where a fire extinguisher sign is vital. Providing the visual clarity necessary in a crisis, a fire extinguisher safety sign is vital for drawing immediate attention to the site of one or more fire extinguishers. When flames appear, that fire extinguisher symbol – easy to spot quickly - becomes an extremely welcome sight. Correctly used, a portable fire extinguisher can prevent injuries, protect material assets, and even save lives, whether by extinguishing a minor fire or at least lessening its severity until professional firefighters come onto the scene to put it out entirely. But you have to be able to locate the extinguisher quickly (thanks to a well-placed fire extinguisher arrow sign), and you must know how to use it safely and correctly. Here we will examine a few simple things to keep in mind when it comes to caring for and using fire extinguishers.

The last thing you want is to reach for the fire extinguisher in an emergency, only to find that it isn’t working, or that it isn’t even there. To stop fire extinguishers from being relocated or somehow impaired, they should be properly mounted. This can be done using brackets or a wall cabinet designed for that purpose. Moreover, the fire extinguisher’s carrying handle should be positioned three and a half to five feet off the floor beneath. If you’re mounting a larger fire extinguisher, it ought to be positioned on the lower end of these guidelines.  When it’s time to use the fire extinguisher, stay calm. Panic will not help you put out the fire any more quickly. Begin at a safe distance from the flames about eight feet back. Pay attention to how the fire is reacting to your efforts. Only advance if you see clear evidence that extinguishing agent is having a noticeably diminishing effect on the blaze. This is no time to stubbornly pursue an effort that isn’t working; if the flames are not brought quickly under control, vacate the premises. Your own safety is the top priority.

Remember that the type of extinguisher you use and store should be appropriate for the structure or building housing it. Moreover, bear in mind that portable extinguishers, designed for home use, are not intended to be a match for a big fire, or one that is increasing. When it comes to using a fire extinguisher, as in all emergency situations, the work is done well before the crisis occurs. To be sure you’ll go into hazardous circumstances prepared should they arise, remember that the person operating the fire extinguisher must already know how to use it. Obviously, you will not have the time to pause and read the operating instructions and safety guidelines while a fire is actively burning. So, be prepared, and enjoy peace of mind knowing you’re ready to handle this kind of emergency.

2 months ago

Skateboarding for Beginners: How and Why You Need to Apply Grip Tape

If you’re a complete beginner and wonder whether you really need grip tape for your skateboard, the answer is yes - absolutely. Grip tape is crucial to your skateboarding success, particularly if you plan to learn even the most basic of tricks. This is because skate grip tape creates the grip needed to ensure your feet cling securely to your board. Even if your board was pre-gripped when you purchased it, gripping a deck is an essential skill for skateboarders. You can count on the knowledge coming in handy when it’s time to grip another board or re-grip the deck on your current board. When that time comes, you’ll be more familiar with your skateboard and have a pretty good idea of the best grip tape for skateboards. Thankfully, the process is pretty simple and well worth the effort. That said, be sure to take your time and pay careful attention to detail – grip tape bonds quickly to what it touches and is made to be stay put, so it’s not easy to remove once in place. With that in mind, let’s get started.

The materials you’ll need to apply grip tape on a skateboard deck are a skate tool (or file), a razor blade (or box cutter), and, of course, the best skateboard grip tape you can get your hands on. You have the option of different types, including clear grip tape. Start by uncovering the sticky side of your grip tape – to do this, you simply need to peel away the backing. Don’t toss the paper backing – it will come in handy as a guard for your hands as you are pressing the tape down onto your board. Simply use the backing as a barrier on top of the tape’s rough side, between your hands and the deck during application.

Next, holding the tape over your board, take the time to center it as accurately as possible. It helps to allow the tape droop slightly, so the midpoint will stick to your skateboard before the sides. Once you’ve adhered the center, you can more smoothly adhere the rest of the tape, slowly working from the midpoint outwards. Centering the tape accurately is important; otherwise, it may not reach the edges on your board. Once in place, you can smooth the grip tape, flattening out any air bubbles as you go. If you encounter a troublesome bump created by trapped air, you can use your razor blade to make a small cut that will help to eliminate the bump entirely.

Now it is time to use your skate tool or metal file. If you don’t have either of those on hand, try using the shaft of a screwdriver. Scraping the outer edge of your deck, buff vigorously 'til the grain is removed in those areas. You will then be left with a white outline on the grip tape that edges your board.

Now you’re ready to remove any extra grip tape using your blade. Keep your fingers safe during this process, being mindful that you’re working with a sharp blade. If you’re young and/or inexperienced, remember that you will need to ask for help with this part of the process. Holding your blade at 45 degrees, start at the bottom and cut upwards. Go all around your board deck performing this process, from tail to nose or nose to tail, running the sharp edge the entire way to get rid all extra grip tape.

Finally, you’re ready to add the finishing touches by filing down the edges with your metal file. You’ll find a screwdriver to be a handy tool for poking through the grip tape where you’ll need to mount the skateboard trucks to fasten the wheels to your skate deck. If you’re looking for clear grip tape for your skateboard, you can find clear griptape and many other varieties at your favorite skate shop or easily order online.

2 months ago
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