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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.      
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Requirements Your Building Needs to Know About Exit Signs With Arrows

If you are a building owner you are likely already familiar with the numerous agencies and codes surrounding emergency lighting and exit sight requirements. Authorities include the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), International Building Code and International Fire Code. Beyond their requirements, building owners and employers within the building need to follow standards set forth by their own local authority having jurisdiction. It might seem like a lot to follow and monitor, but in the end when emergency strikes it is important these rules are followed.

 

Jessup Manufacturing is breaking down common questions surrounding exit signs with arrows, also called directional exit signs in this article.

1. What type of exit sign with arrow does my building need?

When it comes to emergency exit signs you have a variety of options. The most well known and used are electrical (LED) and photoluminescent exit signs, both approved by regulating authorities.

 

Electrical exit signs require an electric source and battery in order to stay illuminated 24/7 and meet regulations. You must also test the battery on a monthly basis and have a lifespan around 5-7 years.

 

Photoluminescent exit signs have become a popular option over electrical exit signs for new construction or building renovations because of their cost-effectiveness and eco-friendliness. Because they do not require electricity, but are self-illuminating, building owners save on up-front installation costs and electricity over the years. They also have a long lifespan, upwards of 25 years, which is more than any other exit sign technology on the market today.

2. Where do I need to put exit signs with arrows?

Exit signs with arrows need to be placed in every location where occupants of the building are not able to see the emergency exit sign, the path isn’t clearly apparent, or as directed by your local fire marshal.

 

Depending on your exit location, you will need one of four exit signs with arrows- left, right, up or down. The up arrow exit sign should be placed to show people to continue along the route or in the case they need to go upwards. In some cases, it is used to designate the final exit. The down arrow exit sign guides people to continue their route, going downstairs, and can also be used as a final exit sign.

 

 

3. What do regulations say about exit signs with arrows?

The NFPA Life Safety Code standards state similar regulations around exit signs with arrows as they do with non-directional exit signs. That means to make sure your exit signs with arrows:

 

  • Are visibly illuminated through a reliable light source (externally, internally, and photoluminescent illuminated signs are all permissible).
  • Create at least 90 minutes of illumination in the the case of a power outage
  • Lighting must be an average of 1 foot candle and not less then than .1 foot candle
  • If self-luminous the sign must comply with the UL 924 standards(i.e. photoluminescent or tritium exit signs).

 

This is by no means a full list of all regulations, so please check with all authorities to ensure your exit signs with arrows meet requirements.

 

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2022-05-20 05:55:00

How to Keep Clear Grip Tape Clean

Clear grip tape is an excellent choice for skateboarders when you want to see the top ply of your deck. It can showcase the graphics while still providing a great grip to perform tricks and stay safe.

 

The performance of clear grip tape is similar to that of the basic black Jessup grip tape many have come to love. It is made of silicon carbide meaning it can stick the tough flips, but it also won’t tear up your shoes after only a couple sessions. It can handle streets, parks, and even some vert skating with ease.

 

While clear grip tape is not absolutely transparent, you can still clearly see the top of the board coming through. That being said, keeping it clean has been a big topic of conversation on blogs lately, because dirt does show through a lot easier compared to your basic black grip tape. Luckily, cleaning it takes just a couple minutes and for the end result is really worth it.

Before You Clean Clear Grip Tape

Before you get started you’ll want to make sure you have the right tools in front of you. Natural rubber is excellent for cleaning any type of grip tape and gently removing dirt, so make sure to grab some either at a skate shop or on Amazon. Additional supplies for cleaning include:

 

  • Soft wire brush (brass or steel wire brush)
  • Little cup of water
  • Rag
  • Hairdryer

 

You’ll also want to make sure you stay away from doing a few things when cleaning clear grip tape. A common method that is being pushed on the Internet is cleaning with Windex and scrubbing with an old toothbrush.

 

DON’T DO THAT!

 

Windex contains solvents. Solvents will lessen the grip of your grip tape, ruining the integrity of the resin that holds it together. The windex will also soak through the grip tape because they all have tiny holes (to prevent air bubbles). Windex soaking into the wood of your board is obviously a big no, no. So stay away from Windex to avoid ruining your grip tape and/or board in the process.

 

Oh, and wondering about the toothbrush? It’s just not strong enough. You need the strength of a soft wire brush to really get out that ground down dirt.

Cleaning Clear Grip Tape

Now that you have the right tools in front of you and put the Windex away, it really only takes a few steps to clean clear grip tape and get you back up and boarding again. We’re talking 5 minutes or less depending on the amount of dirt built up.

 

  1. Grab your natural rubber and gently move it in a back and forth motion on the board. This preps the board before going in for a real deep clean. You’ll want to work in small sections at a time to remove the dust and surface debris.
  2. Next, grab your soft wire brush. This will remove the tough ground in dirt, but is still gentle enough to not ruin grip tape and board itself. Use a circular motion and don’t apply too much pressure as you work your way around the entire surface.
  3. Use the rubber once again and wipe away all the dirt you just brought to the surface from Step 2.

 

If your board is really cake in dirt you’ll need to go through one more step- this is where the water, rag, and blow dryer come in handy. Put a small amount of water on the wire brush and go through Step 2 again. Then using a rag soak up the extra water and follow through with the hair dryer to completely dry off the tape and board. Finish again with the natural rubber to wipe away the excess.

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Gripping over 25 million boards, Jessup Manufacturing has been perfecting the technique of cleaning clear grip tape for decades. We hope you found this article useful for maintaining your clear grip tape.

 

If you’re looking for quality clear grip tape to outfit your board, Jessup Manufacturing has a great selection of transparent grip tape that provides the traction needed for tough tricks, but without tearing up your shoes.

 

 

 

2022-05-19 06:16:03

ADA Fire Extinguisher Guidance

The Americans with Disabilities Act works to improve the lives of millions of individuals. When it comes to fire safety, ADA has set forth requirements that allow people with visual impairments and wheelchair users to defend themselves when a fire breaks out. When it comes to fire extinguisher placement, wheelchair users and those with limited sight greatly benefit from the requirements around placement and selection of fire extinguisher signs, fire extinguishers, and fire alarm pull stations.

 

Some of the accessibility rules can be confusing to building owners and facility managers. However, following these rules is not only the law, but can also save lives during emergency situations. Jessup Manufacturing is offering guidance on ADA fire extinguisher placement, as well as fire extinguisher signs and other rules designed to ensure those in wheelchairs and with sight impairments can feel safe within buildings should a fire break out.

Fire Extinguisher Height Requirements

While the ADA does have rules around the placement of protruding objects, there are no official fire extinguisher height requirements.

 

Proper ADA fire extinguisher height is determined somewhat from the rules surrounding protruding objects. The Department of Justice's 2010 ADA Accessibility Guidelines require objects protruding from a wall to be placed high enough that a visually-impaired person would not bump his or her head on it, but low enough that he or she can detect it with a cane.

 

At the same time you also need to be up to fire code, which typically requires the extinguishers to be hung at the following:

  • Extinguishers weighing 40 pounds or less: The top no higher than 5 feet and the bottom no lower than 4 inches from the floor
  • Extinguishers weighing more than 40 pounds: The top no higher than 3 1/2 feet and the bottom no lower than 4 inches from the floor

 

Because ADA offers no specific fire extinguisher height requirements, in order to comply with both fire code and ADA protruding object requirements you should consider the following:

  • Using a recessed cabinet that protrudes no farther than 4 inches when installing the extinguisher in the hazard zone.
  • Using a hook, bracket, or cabinet recessed into the wall to mount the extinguisher
  • Make sure the extinguisher's base is lower than 27 inches in height but higher than 4 inches from the ground with either a cabinet, bracket, or hook.

 

One thing to consider is that while the ADA permits certain protruding objects, state and local codes may be restrictive. For example, a jurisdiction that has adopted one version of NFPA 101: Life Safety Code can require that hospitals and nursing homes restrict protrusion to a 6-inch maximum and require any protruding object to be placed at minimum 38 inches above the floor.

 

Fire Extinguisher Sign Requirements

 

Once your fire extinguisher is placed properly, you will want to make sure it is highly visible. Using a fire extinguisher sign is the best way to help people see where the equipment is. Inspectors will expect to find a noticeable fire extinguisher sign, especially if you are using a cabinet to house your extinguisher.

 

When it comes to style and location, little rules surround what is required of building owners and employers. Photoluminescent fire extinguisher signs are an excellent option because they self-illuminate during a power outage. Choosing something in bold colors with clear writing  stating “FIRE EXTINGUISHER” is best. Depending on the location, you will want to mount the signs at a certain angle or require multiple signs so the extinguisher is easily visible.  

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Placing your fire extinguisher at the proper height and choosing the appropriate fire extinguisher sign allows people with disabilities to easily access and use the equipment in case of an emergency. If you are looking for fire extinguisher signage, Jessup Manufacturing offers a wide variety of photoluminescent options. Shop our entire selection today.

 

 

2022-05-19 05:57:52

Fire Extinguisher Regulations in the Workplace

Did you know 80% of fires are put out by portable fire extinguishers?

 

Proper fire extinguishers, fire extinguisher symbols and signage is important in the workplace. At the end of the day these items may not only prevent building damage, but save lives.

 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides the regulations and rules to fire extinguishers, symbols, and signage to ensure workers are safe and protected.

 

Fire Extinguisher Symbols and Signs

Most fire safety signs fall into either prevention or fire escape. This means you may have several different fire extinguisher signs. the signs to ensure that workers are kept safe and protected. While one could be showing people where the fire extinguisher is, another offers instructions on how to use it. Both types of signs play an important role to make sure employees are able to find and use the equipment properly.

 

OSHA does not offer requirements to where the signage needs to be, except stating that they should be easily legible and visible. This would (generally) mean that fire extinguisher symbols or signs should be above or around the extinguisher. If the fire extinguisher is not easily visible then arrow signage to direct people to it might be needed. A general rule is to place fire safety signs 5 feet or higher because they can be seen both up close and at a distance.

 

Several options for fire extinguisher signs are available. Some popular choices on the market now include:

  • Three-dimensional fire extinguisher signs because of their easy visibility from many locations
  • Glow in the dark fire extinguisher signs because they are self-illuminating
  • Signs with just pictograms because they are universally understood.

Fire Extinguisher Requirements

With several different classes of fire extinguishers on the market, it is important to know which one is appropriate for your workplace. In many cases, you might require different types for various locations. You should only use approved extinguishers for the fire types and they need to be fully charged, maintained, and in proper working order at all times.

 

The distance and location of the fire extinguishers is also regulated by OSHA. This again varies by the class of extinguisher you have.  The OSHA fire extinguisher placement rules are based on your fire class and states:

  • Class A fires, portable fire extinguishers no more than 75 feet from employees  — see 1910157(d)(2)
  • Class B fires, portable fire extinguishers no more than 50 feet from employees – see 157(d)(4)
  • Class C fires OSHA says, “the employer shall distribute portable fire extinguishers used for Class C hazards on the basis of the appropriate pattern for the existing Class A or Class B hazards.”– see 157(d)(5)
  • Class D fires OSHA says, “the employer shall distribute portable fire extinguishers or other containers of Class D extinguishing agents for use by employees so that the travel distance from the combustible metal working area to any extinguishing agent is 75 feet (22.9 m) or less. Portable fire extinguishers for Class D hazards are required in those combustible metal working areas where combustible metal powders, flakes,

 

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Unlike many other types of fire safety signs, fire extinguisher signs come in a variety of sizes and designs. Whether you choose three dimensional or a photoluminescent fire extinguisher sign, you just need to ensure it is easily understood and visible.

 

Jessup Manufacturing is a leader in photoluminescent fire safety signage. Shop our wide variety of fire extinguisher signs and symbols to find exactly what you are looking for.

 

 

2022-05-18 06:04:27

Are Glow in the Dark Exit Signs Code Compliant?

When the power goes out in your building the emergency signage and pathways light up the way to safety.

 

Unfortunately, a large majority of older buildings are outfitted with electrical exit signs, meaning they need batteries to continue illuminating in a power outage. This is not the most eco-friendly option, and also cost prohibitive. Luckily, there are self-illuminating options available on the market for those looking to save money, go green, and keep their building occupants safe during emergencies.

 

Many new construction and older buildings have been looking into alternative options that don’t need to be connected to power supply or use batteries. The most popular option on the market is photoluminescent exit signs and egress systems. But what is this technology and is it code compliant?

Understanding Glow in the Dark Exit Signs

Photoluminescent exit signs are famously known as the glow in the dark exit signs. They require no electricity or batteries, which is why The U.S. Department of Energy calls them “the most energy-efficient exit sign available today.” Because no power is ever consumed that means your electricity bill for all your exit signage will be zero- forever.

 

This technology is available for exit signage and egress systems. The product takes in ambient light and stores that energy for later use. When darkness hits, photoluminescent exit signs and egress systems become immediately visible for up to 18 hours in many cases.

 

Another bonus is that because no electricity is required, installation is simple. Building managers can install them on their own, just mounting to the desired location. Maintenance throughout their 25 year+ lifespan is dusting and keeping them free of debris.

Code Compliant Fire Safety Signage

Both main regulating authorities, the NFPA 101 and IBC, do not go into detail when discussing glow in the dark exit sign requirements. The testing and listing authorities UL (formerly Underwriters Laboratory) and ASTM International (ASTM) are deferred to. As long as egress markers and exit signs meet the necessary performance standards, glow in the dark fire safety signage passes NFPA 101 and IBC requirements. However, local laws may have their own regulations so check with your fire marshal.

 

To go into more detail, both the IBC and NFPA 101 require exit signs to be listed under UL 924: Standard for Emergency Lighting and Power Equipment. As long as your photoluminescent exit sign meets these requirements, carries the proper UL 924 listing, and is installed to regulations they qualify as a building emergency exit sign.

 

From the 2018 edition of the International Building Code:

1013.5 Internally illuminated exit signs. Electrically powered, self-luminous and photoluminescent exit signs shall be listed and labeled in accordance with UL 924 and shall be installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and Chapter 27. Exit signs shall be illuminated at all times.

Proper Lighting Levels for Glow in the Dark Exit Signs

Remember above when it was mentioned the technology of these exit signs is to take ambient light and store it? Therefore, you have to consider your lighting levels in the areas you intend to use your photoluminescent fire safety signage.

 

NFPA 101 specifies the following:

7.10.7.2* Photoluminescent Signs. The face of a photoluminescent sign shall be continually illuminated while the building is occupied. The illumination levels on the face of the photoluminescent sign shall be in accordance with its listing. The charging illumination shall be a reliable light source, as determined by the authority having jurisdiction. The charging light source shall be of a type specified in the product markings.

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Jessup Manufacturing is a leader in photoluminescent products. With decades of experience, we have outfitted thousands of buildings with eco-friendly photoluminescent exit signs and egress systems, eliminating the need for electricity with their fire safety signage. Shop our wide variety of glow in the dark signage and egress today.

 

 

2022-05-18 05:43:06

What Your Skate Grip Tape Says About You

With every new board the question comes: how to grip it? Nowadays there are literally thousands of skate grip tape options on the market- so how is one to choose?

 

There are so many routes to take, but first you want to make sure you’re getting a quality grip tape. Finding that skate grip tape that isn’t too sharp, but grips well enough for the job and without tearing up your shoes after one session are key. If you plan to do tricks look out for a medium grain to give you enough traction, but if you are just messing around on the streets a lower grain is fine.

 

The material of your grip tape is something to consider also. Silicone carbide is a preferred choice among professional skaters and should be for you also. It not only conforms to your deck with ease, but provides overall a better continue grip without destroying shoes.

So now that you know what you need in a skate grip tape, let’s get down to what style you choose and what that says about you.

Clear

Gaining a ton of popularity of the past decade, clear grip tape offers borders that chance to show off their actual board. Clear grip tapers like to keep it nice and tidy with their tricks, just like they keep their grip tape. Don’t expect them to come to you, these guys are in a class of their own showing off their skills and true deck.

 

Checkerboard

Watch out for this classic cult favorite. The checkerboard design shows off your fun side and that you don’t take yourself too seriously. “Checkerboarders” can be seen showing off their tricks and prefer to come up with the unexpected combinations that look easy but actually aren’t. These jokers aren’t messing around when it comes to their skate time.

 

Eco-Friendly

This group of granolas is bringing green into their boarding and we love it! Eco-friendly grip tape uses scrapes from other sources to compile its finished product. The environmentally friendly bunch are smooth and sensitive, always looking out for their fellow boarder (and planet Earth).

 

 

 

Basic Black

Ah, the most iconic choice amongst skateboarders is the basic black grip tape. It’s still a popular choice, more for the serious boarder who can’t be bothered with a creative way to style their board. This “old school” grip taper is all business, using the skateboard as merely a tool and wants us all to focus on new tricks and quit the small talk.

 

 

Camo

Trend alert! Camo is everywhere these days and skateboarding is no different. Camo grip tape is excellent for that strong, secure skateboarder. Confident in what they know and open to learning the new, this is an excellent choice for newbies or professionals alike.

 

We want to know, what are you outfitting your skateboard with these days? With nearly endless possibilities there is a skate grip tape for all personalities. We’d love to hear what you're gripping your deck with these days and your skating style. Comment below or tag us on social media.

 

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2022-05-17 08:00:01

Your Guide to Glow-in-the-Dark Exit Signs

Looking to make your building more green? Or maybe you’re just tired of paying hefty electricity bills month after month? Whatever the reason, many building owners are looking into glow-in-the-dark exit signs as an alternative to LED exit signs. As a leader in photoluminescent films and strips, Jessup Manufacturing is breaking down the facts on these popular exit signs.

90 Minutes of Uninterrupted Glow

That’s right. Glow-in-the-dark exit signs that are UL 924 listed will provide a minimum of 90 minutes of illumination in low or no light conditions. This meets NFPA and OSHA requirements around exit signs. The longer the photoluminescent exit sign is exposed to natural or artificial light the longer you can expect it to glow in the dark.

No Wires, No Batteries, No Kidding

The U.S. Department of Energy states that photoluminescent exit signs are the most energy efficient exit signs available today. Because the technology works on phosphor within the sign, it requires zero electricity or batteries to operate. Completely self-luminous also means less maintenance because no monthly battery checks are required.

Non-Toxic and Recyclable

Besides lower energy usage, these glow-in-the-dark signs are non-toxic and recyclable. The safest exit sign on the market, this is an excellent option for buildings looking to decrease their carbon footprint. Phosphor is a non-toxic material and the signs are made to be recycled after they extend their 25 year lifespan.

 

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Jessup Manufacturing is a leader in photoluminescent films and strips. Shop our wide variety of glow-in-the-dark exit signs and egress markers that are UL 924 listed and meet or exceed OSHA and NFPA requirements.

2022-05-17 06:44:34

Looking for the best non slip bath mat? Read this first.

Did you know 70% of household accidents happen in the bathroom?

 

This makes bathrooms the most dangerous room in the house.

 

The majority of these falls are caused by people slipping on wet surfaces. From entering or exiting the bath tub, shower, or wet tiles on the floor the bathroom is full of hard surfaces and once in contact with water can make for disastrous accidents.

 

One of the best ways to reduce bathroom slip and fall accidents is the addition of traction to the floor. This leads many people to add bath rugs. And while bath mats do supply traction, they also come with several major disadvantages.

The Problem With Bath Rugs

While bath mats offer a great way to decorate your bathroom and can provide additional traction to prevent slip and fall accidents, oftentimes they are doing more harm than good.

 

Bath rugs are magnets for dirt and even mold. Without regular washing several times a week, these can harbor tons of germs which then transfer to the bare feet of those in the bathroom.

 

Bath rugs pose tripping hazards. Yes, you heard right. While they do offer traction, they also create more of a fall concern because people often trip on them due to the lift they create and depending on the style the edges will lift up with age.

 

While bath rugs can look pretty to decorate with, you need to make sure you do several things if you are going to keep one in your bathroom. Make sure you are washing them consistently and also using a non-slip tread under them to prevent them from slipping. It is also recommended to choose a thinner mat so it doesn't create a large lift posing tripping hazards. And while the bath rug can be used outside of the tub, what about a safe non slip bathtub option? A better option to consider over a bath rug is non-slip bath mats throughout the bathroom.

What to Look for in the Best Non Slip Bath Mat

Non slip bath mats offer an excellent, safer alternative to prevent slip and fall accidents compared to bath rugs. When looking for the best non slip bath mat for your family, you will want to take into consideration two main factors:

 

  • Mild resistance

Make sure the non slip bath mat you choose states on the box that it is mildew resistant. While many non-slip bath mats have a drainage hole, the best non-slip bath mats will go a step further and state that it is antimicrobial.

 

  • Traction

The best non slip bath mats will provide the necessary traction while being comfortable on your bare feet. Look for one that states it is fine grade vinyl which will provide a smooth option for bare feet, but also be strong enough to prevent slip and fall accidents where water pools.

 

Beyond these two items, look for a non-slip bath mat that meets your style and size requirements. There are many options available on the market today from clear to colorful.

Shop the Non-Slip Bath Mats

When it comes to non-slip bath mats there are many options available on the market. Jessup Manufacturing produces one of the best non-slip bath mat products on the market that has been tested and meets compliance with Prop 65, ADA, NFSI High Traction, and is OSHA certified.

 

Shop Jessup Manufacturing’s wide variety of non-slip bath mats today.

 

2022-05-16 07:03:33

Where Should I Install Emergency Exit Signs?

For building owners and operators, the safety of their occupants is a number one priority. Even so, you never fully appreciate emergency exit signs and lighting until you need them. Making sure that you install emergency exit signs in the proper places and illuminate a path in the building leading to an exit before trouble happens will not only ensure people can evacuate safely and quickly, but it is the law.

 

So just where do you need to install emergency lights and exit signs? Whether you are in the midst of a renovation or a full on new construction project, make sure you follow city, state, and federal rules and regulations regarding emergency exit signage and lighting.

What Organizations Govern Emergency Exit Signs?

Not just one, but several organizations have put codes in places regarding the type of product, installation, inspection, and testing of emergency exit signs and lighting. You will want to make sure that your building follows the rules set in place by all of these organizations to ensure you are following the law and keeping everyone in your building safe.

  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
  • Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)
  • International Fire Code
  • International Building Code

 

Beyond these organizations, check with your local fire marshal. Oftentimes local requirements apply to individual jurisdictions. For example, in New York City they have specific codes unique to their city around what types of emergency exit signs need to be used in certain buildings and where and how lighting should be placed. The fire marshal or a fire safety inspector can clear up any questions in the way of local requirements.

Where Should I Install Emergency Exit Signs?

Installing emergency exit signs is simpler than you might think. First, keep in mind that each door exiting a hallway that leads to the primary building exit needs to be clearly marked with a sign reading “EXIT”. These exit signs need to be illuminated at all times. That means they either need to contain a battery backup or be self-immunating in case of a power outage. The sign needs to be legible letters in a distinct color that contrasts with its background.

 

You also want to make sure of easy visibility of the exit sign and door. That means all exit route doors should be unobstructed and this includes the line of sight to the exit sign itself. For example, if a hallway turns or the direction of travel to the exit isn’t obvious, then you will require additional exit signs with arrows to show the way to the nearest exit.

 

Lastly, doors that might be mistaken for an exit along the route need to be marked as “Not as exit” or indicate what the rooms use is (closet, storage, etc).

 

 

Where Should I Install Emergency Exit Lighting?

Emergency exit lighting can be a little tricky because installing it in the right places is just one part of the equation. You will want to make sure the lights are aimed appropriately to illuminate the walkways and not the ceilings or walls. This might seem like common sense, but is an often overlooked task.

 

All exit routes in a building must be illuminated with emergency lighting. This can be photoluminescent lighting or otherwise, but just so anyone with normal vision can see a path to the exit. Most buildings, including commercial, industrial, institutional,  and educational, generally require emergency lighting.

 

You do not need to install emergency lighting in any area that has no windows and does not provide an exit path. This can include internal rooms, bathrooms, and storage areas larger than a broom closet.

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What Building Owners Need to Know About Exit Signs with Directional Arrows

No one expects an emergency to happen, but when it does, being prepared makes all the difference. As a commercial building owner or building manager, ensuring the correct placement and implementation of fire safety signage and lighting is not only the law, but can save lives.

 

Exit signs and emergency lighting as essential features to illuminate paths and show exit signs in low-visibility situations. Having the proper technology in place and sign placement is important to help those in your building during an emergency situation. In particular, exit signs with directional arrows are one of the most important tools your building uses to help occupants find the quickest path to exit your building.

Inspection Requirements for Exit Signs with Directional Arrows

During an inspection, exit signs and emergency lighting can be easily overlooked. Inspectors are required to look for the presence of the signs, while several regulatory agencies and codes govern exit signs and emergency lighting requirements. These agencies include:

  • the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA);
  • the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA);
  • the Joint Commission on Accreditation Health Organization (JCAHO);
  • the International Fire Code; and
  • the International Building Code (IBC).

 

Section 6.5.12 Life Safety states that an inspector should:

  1. inspect for the presence of emergency lighting systems;
  2. inspect for exit signs at all exits, and inspect for independent power sources, such

as batteries; and

  1. inspect for the presence of directional signs where an exit location is not obvious.

 

Specific life safety guidelines for exit signs, including exit signs with directional arrows, have been set up for commercial buildings to follow. In many cases, the government will be involved in ensuring your building is compliant with these codes. Violations can result in serious fines, upwards of $250,000 or even doubled depending on the corporation's size.

Requirements for Exit Signs with Directional Arrows

An exit sign with a directional arrow needs to be used when the pathway to the exit or the exit sign itself is not clearly visible. Most exit signs with directional arrows need to be illuminated (either self-illuminated or electricity/battery powered) with red or green lights.

 

The exit routes include all vertical and horizontal areas along the route (including stairs). OSHA Standard Number 1910.37(b) states that lighting and marking must be adequate and appropriate. The specifications read:

  • Each exit route must be adequately lighted so that an employee with normal vision can see along the exit route.
  • If the direction of travel to the exit or exit discharge is not immediately apparent, signs must be posted along the exit access indicating the direction of travel to the nearest exit and exit discharge. Additionally, the line of sight to an exit sign must be clearly visible at all times.
  • Each exit sign must be illuminated to a surface value of at least five foot-candles (54 lux) by a reliable light source and be distinctive in color. Self-luminous or electroluminescent signs that have a minimum luminance surface value of at least 0.06 foot lamberts (0.21 cd/m2) are permitted.

 

OSHA Standard Number 1910.35 also states that the exit route provisions outlined in NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, 2009, or the International Fire Code, 2009 edition, are considered acceptable. Therefore, if your building is in compliance with these standards then they are in compliance with OSHA. State and local regulations may differ so make sure to confirm any changes.

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