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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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Where to Install Anti-Slip Tape in Your Grandparent's Home

Aging in place is a growing trend in America. With Americans ages 65 and older expected to double to 98 million by 2060 that means more grandparents will be living in their single family, apartments, or townhomes are long as they are able. While the appeal to age in place is appealing- staying within your current community, the comforts of your home, and the cost savings- it can also be a cause for concern.

 

Falls in adults ages 65 and older are the leading cause of head injuries and broken hips. On top of that, falling once doubles the risk of falling again. It is extremely important to ensure your grandparents are able to live their highest quality of life by implementing proper fall prevention tactics within their homes. These can be simple, less expensive than you think, and oftentimes very discrete.

Perform a Home Audit
In order to know where to implement fall prevention products or change, you need to know where the highest risk slip and fall zones are. Performing a home audit is a simple way to figure this out. Consider an assisted living facility and work to emulate what those types of housing developments offer. This will help you understand the locations that need to be improved on and to allow your grandparent to live independently as long as possible by preventing slip and fall accidents.

Top Slip and Fall Offenders in the Home
While any area of the home, inside or out, can cause a slip and fall some areas are more likely than others. We are sharing the top locations of slip and fall accidents and how you can help your grandparent ensure they are safer.

BATHROOMS
Bathrooms are the number one offender for slip and fall accidents in the home. It is no surprise that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that around 235,000 people ages 15+ visit the emergency room each year because of bathroom-related injuries.

 

Adding several products to the bathroom can greatly decrease the likelihood of slip and fall accidents. Consider these options:

● Anti-slip tape is an excellent way to improve the safety of the bathroom. Using a vinyl anti-slip tape that can be purchased in white, tan, or even a discrete clear is an inexpensive way to provide additional traction.

● With water being inevitable, also installing a grab bar and non-slip bath mat or shower adhesive is a smart idea.

● If the bathroom is used at nighttime, consider illumination choices. From a nightlight or photoluminescent egress markers, these can easily be incorporated into the bathroom.

 

KITCHEN
The kitchen is not far behind the bathrooms when it comes to slip and fall accidents. Even if your grandparent doesn’t often cook, it can still pose risks with slippery surfaces creating the ideal atmosphere for a slip and fall accident.

 

Several easy ways to prevent kitchen slip and fall accidents include:

● Using NFSI-certified cleaning products allows for flooring to remain high traction while cutting through grease and oils.

● Add a step-stool to prevent slipping while reaching for high cabinets

● Add non-slip treads around sinks and refrigerators

● Keep large tables and chairs out of the walkway path

 

If keeping the kitchen clean is a daunting task for your grandparent, consider the addition of a housekeeper. Even someone coming just once a week to tidy up this room can make a big difference!

 

COMMON SPACE
Bedrooms and living rooms throughout the home can also be culprits to slip and fall accidents. Especially depending on the flooring- tile for example- is a lot more slippery, especially if outside elements are brought in. You will want to make sure clutter is out of the walkways and cords are kept tidy. Make sure the items that are commonly used (remotes, phones, keys) are easy to reach and ensure a non-slip tape is applied to any areas with elevation change.

STAIRS & RAMPS (INDOOR AND OUTDOOR)
If the home includes stairs you will want to pay special attention. Make sure handrails are in good working order and if the stairs are used at night they need to be clearly illuminated. An easy fix for illumination can be peel and stick photoluminescent markers.

 

A clear anti-slip tape is a popular option for stairs. Many anti-slip tapes can adhere to a variety of materials such as wood, tile, and even carpet. Make sure you look at the label and choose a product that works for the environment you intend to use (inside or outside).

Start Creating a Safer Home
A slip and fall accident can instantly change a senior citizen's way of life. Help ensure your grandparents don’t have to limit their activities and social engagements because of a preventable accident. By performing a home audit and making simple updates alongside lifestyle adjustments, your grandparents can age in place more comfortable and give you peace of mind.

 

Jessup Manufacturing is a leader in non-slip tapes, treads, and glow-in-the-dark products. Shop our entire selection online today.

 

 

2022-12-08 05:53:02

Top Nonslip Shower Mats to Buy in 2022

Young or old, slips happen. Accidents are more likely to occur when slick, wet surfaces are in play- showers and baths being the top culprits. And because of their hard surfaces, the risk for injury is even higher.

 

Nonslip shower mats are an excellent option to provide added protection from slip and fall accidents.

 

However, buyer beware!

 

Not all nonslip shower mats are created equal. Finding the best nonslip shower mat comes with a handful of considerations, some of you might not even be aware. We’ve compiled what to look for and the top nonslip shower mats to buy in 2022.

What We Looked For In The Best Nonslip Shower Mat
When we put together our list of the best nonslip shower mats for 2022 we took into consideration several factors. Putting this list together was more then just finding a mat that would adhere to the tub. In order to keep your loved ones and yourself safe consider the following.

Size of Shower Mat
Not all nonslip mats are the same size. You will want to measure your shower or tub before purchasing the mat. Make sure to take into consideration the drain. Choose a nonslip mat that covers most of the tub floor while still leaving space or a cut-out for the drain. In some cases, nonslip shower mats can even be cut to exact requirements.

 

PRO TIP: Mat thickness is also an important factor. You don’t want a mat that is overly thick, causing a lip that will create a tripping hazard.

Grittiness of Shower Mat
The grit of the nonslip mat is what creates the traction. However, too much grit can also prove to be uncomfortable on bare feet. So when looking for a nonslip shower mat make sure you choose a grit grade that is comfortable on the bare feet but also provides adequate traction. We recommended a fine-grade nonslip shower mat made of vinyl for the most comfortable yet safe solution.

Type of Shower
What kind of shower do you intend to use for your nonslip mat? For example, if you have a reglazed or highly textured shower you will want to steer clear of suction cup mats because they simply will not adhere, creating additional slipping. In addition, if your shower is seeing a high amount of traffic you will want to choose a strong adhesive like acrylic for added longevity.

Shower Mat Material
Poor material choice can mean mold and mildew. While drainage holes in nonslip shower mats is helpful, many don’t like how they feel on their feet. Consider looking for a nonslip shower mat that states on the box that it is antimicrobial and provides a smooth surface for feet while protecting against mold and mildew.

Top 3 Types of Shower Mats to Buy
Taking all the considerations mentioned above into account, we put together our top 3 nonslip shower mats to consider.

The Perfect Shower Cut
A 24x24 shower mat is a standard cut for showers, providing the perfect shape, and includes a drain cut for the easiest application. Comfortable on bare feet with smooth vinyl, this antimicrobial shower mat is available in white or sandstone. This nonslip mat is the perfect choice for most all stand-alone showers.

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Smooth Perfection
If you want the smoothest, cleanest cut look no further than the Jessup Manufacturing 16x34 inch tapered white bath mat. This is a perfect choice for around the sink because it lays seamless on your floor and is slip-resistant. Unlike a typical bath mat, this will prevent both slips and trips.

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Bathtub Friendly
If you have a tub and shower combo, then you’ll want a larger nonslip mat. Look to the 16x40 nonslip bath mat with a pre-cut drain hole for easy application. A great choice for toddlers to the elderly, this vinyl nonslip mat meets Prop 65, ADA, and OSHA standards so it can be used in homes, hotels, and more.

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Nonslip Shower Mat Compliance
Did you know even nonslip shower mats should meet certain standards? Depending on where you are installing the mat and who will be using it, make sure to look for the following authorities on the boxes to recognize that the shower mat you purchase is compliant.

● Prop 65

● ADA

● NFSI High Traction

● OSHA certified

 

If you have any questions about the nonslip shower mat you are considering purchasing, the manufacturers should be able to easily provide documentation of the compliance certification.

Shop More Top Nonslip Shower Mats
The three nonslip shower mats listed above are excellent choices. Shop an even wider selection of nonslip shower mats at Jessup Manufacturing’s website today. Jessup Manufacturing is a global leader in nonslip adhesive products, including nonslip shower mats and bathmats. Contact our team to find the best nonslip shower mat to fit your requirements.

 

2022-12-07 05:47:02

Tips for Installing Anti-Slip Tapes in Injection Molding Factories

Manufacturing facilities are a top offender when it comes to slip and fall accidents. Oftentimes it is simple, inexpensive fixes to flooring or equipment, and the incident that just cost an employee time off work because of an injury could have been avoided altogether.

 

Having a factory with injection molding equipment means it can be loud and busy. With employees not always paying attention to their footing, you need to make sure the proper steps are taken to minimize accidents. Understanding the importance of and how to utilize anti-slip tape in your manufacturing facility is a great place to start.

 

Benefits of Anti-Slip Tape Installation
Anti-slip tape is one of the more inexpensive and effective ways to avoid trips, slips, and falls of your workers. The product is easy to apply, can be purchased in bright colors, and allows people to safely work around the difficult to maneuver locations of an injection molding factory.

 

Even with the most slippery conditions, there is anti-slip tape to handle it. Locations that are wet, recently polished, or surfaces commonly covered in dry materials can benefit from anti-slip tape. From vinyl, and low-grit to heavy duty/military grade anti-slip tape they all have the common advantage of being relatively inexpensive and easy to apply/remove as needed. With a variety of sizes, shapes, colors, and even the ability to customize you can help people avoid accidents and improve workplace safety.

Locations to Apply Anti-Slip Tape
The resistance anti-slip tape creates between workers’ shoes and the ground surface makes it incredibly attractive to apply in a variety of places around your injection molding factory. Start by walking the facility with a few employees to assess locations and learn what type of work is performed. This will help you determine the locations that are most likely to cause a slip and fall accident and where to apply the anti-slip tape.

1. Factory Entrances and Exits
Commonly one of the top offenders in factories for slip and fall accidents is actually the entrance and exit locations. People are oftentimes not paying attention and pair that with weather elements bringing in moisture it can make for an easy target to slip and fall.

 

To prevent slip and fall accidents at the factory entrance or exit, it is recommended to place a resilient anti-slip tape. This will ensure enough traction between people's shoes and the ground, even with moisture is present. A medium-grit tape like this is excellent at handling a lot of foot traffic, something every factory entrance and exit sees.

2. Ramps
Loading and unloading on ramps tend to cause accidents. With the elevation changes, weather elements, and oftentimes heavy materials being transferred, the result can be a dangerously slippery surface. Applying a heavy-duty grit or even military-grade anti-slip tape is a smart idea to ensure your workers are able to safely navigate.

3. Indoor and Outdoor Stairs
One of the most common locations to see the anti-slip tape is stairs. There is good reason- falling from stairs can cause serious damage and injury to the victim.

 

When it comes to stairs you will want to also add additional measures to protect against slip and fall accidents. Consider adding “WATCH YOUR STEP”, especially if it is a single stair in an unusual location. Photoluminescent egress markers on the stairs are also an easy way to provide better illumination in the dark and no electricity or batteries are required.

4. Loading Docks
Injection molding factories commonly have loading docks for shipping and receiving. Similar to building entrances, these docks see heavy foot traffic and all the weather elements. On top of that, many loading docks have ledges that can pose a dangerous situation.

A heavy-duty grit anti-slip tape that is able to withstand the elements is the best choice for this location. Installation tape on walkways and caution signs around ledges is a smart idea to ensure warehouse safety.

6. Employee Kitchen
Commonly forgotten is your employee kitchen/break room space. With water and other liquids often spilled on the floor, moisture can sneakily creep up causing slip and fall accidents.

 

A resilient medium-grade anti-slip tape around sinks and refrigerators is an easy fix. You can also make sure you are using an NFSI-certified cleaning product to keep your floors high traction. This combination makes sure you are thoroughly cleaning any grease and oils, but without leaving a slippery residue.

Shop Anti-Slip Tapes
While a lot of factors contribute to falls, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that floors contribute directly to more than 2 million fall injuries each year. By including anti-slip tape to your flooring you will be able to improve resistance and traction to decrease the threat of an accident in your injection molding factory.

 

Jessup Manufacturing is a leader in anti-slip tapes and treads. Shop the entire selection on our website today.

 

 

2022-12-06 05:57:28

Ship Exit Sign Safety Guidelines

Navigation aids can help provide boat occupants with similar information that street signs or buildings offer. Think of road barriers, stop signs, detours, and wayfinding. Vessels of all sizes require various levels of navigation aids to ensure occupants are able to be safe and find their way, especially during an emergency.

 

Depending on the size of the vessel, the emergency safety requirements vary. Working with the U.S. Coast Guard and other regulating authorities you can determine what (if any) type of marine exit signage is required for your vessel. National regulations and international conventions have made exit signs mandatory aboard a variety of merchant and passenger vessels. The purpose of the emergency exit signage on a ship is the same as those in buildings- to indicate the escape routes to follow during an emergency and also display other safety-related information.

What Type of Exit Sign Does My Ship Need?
There are a variety of exit sign technologies on the market today. The two most popular options internationally and within the United States are LED and photoluminescent. Depending on the location you need to place the exit sign you might only have a single option. Below are several differentiators between LED and photoluminescent exit signs.

Photoluminscent/Glow-in-the-Dark Exit Signs
Photoluminescent emergency exit signs have earned the name glow-in-the-dark because they do just that! With zero electricity, these are the most eco-friendly option on the market today. Think of all the glow-in-the-dark toys you see these days. Commonly these toys are using a substance called phosphor. Phosphor is a substance that exhibits luminescence, meaning it emits light when exposed to some type of radiant energy. In the case of photoluminescent exit signs, ambient light is absorbed into the exit signs, then stored, and later emitted when the power goes out.

 

You might be wondering how long an illumination photoluminescent exit signs hold- how can these things meet standards? UL 924 listed photoluminescent exit signs bring a minimum of 90 minutes of uninterrupted illumination. This means it meets both the requirements set forth by top regulating authorities, The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) and The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). In fact, those exit signs that use long persistence phosphor (LPP) afford photoluminescent exit signs and markers to glow in the dark for well over 18 hours.

 

This substance and the technology behind them is unlike anything else on the market. It is safe, requires no battery back-up, no electricity, and even minimal maintenance. All of this adds up to major savings for vessel owners.

 

On average, the life span for photoluminescent exit signs is 25 years. They are fully recyclable and easy to replace. Vessel owners simply need to mount the signs according to regulations which means screwing them above doors and mounting them to ceilings, or walls. No electrician is required.

Thermoplastic/LED Exit Signs
This popular type of exit sign is excellent if your location lacks the ambient light photoluminescent exit signs require. While it is not as eco-friendly as its photoluminescent counterpart, the signs only require minimal power. These signs also use a battery backup in case of a power outage, so monthly maintenance checks are required to ensure the batteries are in full working order.

 

These exit signs usually last around 5 years and use roughly 5 watts of energy.

Ship Exit Sign Compliance
Like any emergency solution, exit signs on vessels are required to meet certain criteria. Start by connecting with your local fire marshal and the U.S. Coast Guard before installing any new exit and fire safety signage. Generally, as long as you meet all requirements set forth by regulating authorities you will be compliant, however, the requirements will vary by vessel certification.

 

Remember the Rules of the Road
While exit signs help people quickly evacuate during emergency situations, keep your occupants safe by following basic navigation rules- also known as “The Rules of the Road” that are laws governing the steering or sailing of a boat.

 

If all operators obeyed these laws, many accidents would be avoided. With collisions being the #1 type of accident for vessels, these Rules help ensure boats don’t collide with each other or other objects.

 

1. Post a lookout. Your vessel no matter the size should have at least one individual designated to watch for dangers.

2. Don’t speed. Be a good judge of your boat's speed, taking into account visibility (or lack of), vessel traffic, and maneuverability of the boat.

3. Avoid a collision. Take the proper actions to avoid a collision. This includes: overtaking, meeting head-on, and crossing the bow of another vessel.

 

Shop Ship Exit Signs
We believe that safety at sea requires the highest performing products, meaning they can last in the toughest conditions for extended periods of time.

 

Jessup Manufacturing is a global leader in photoluminescent emergency safety signage. Our line of exit signs and fire safety signs are UL 924 listed, meet NFPA 101, OSHA, ASTM standards E2072-00/E2073, and are made of "Safety Grade" materials.

 

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2022-12-05 06:24:00

Requirements for Exit Signs in Industrial Spaces

While fires in industrial and manufacturing factories' properties have greatly decreased over the past several decades, it is still an important topic. From 2011 to 2015, an estimated 37,910 fires in industrial and manufacturing properties were reported to U.S. fire departments per year.

 

Thankfully civilian deaths from industrial fires have also decreased. All of this is in large part to better regulations and restrictions when it comes to fire safety, both proactive and reactive. In particular, emergency exit signage has come a long way and the regulating authorities that oversee fire safety signage for industrial buildings have put strict rules in place to protect both civilians and workers.

Who Are the Regulating Authorities for Fire Exit Safety?
When building or renovating a building you know you have to meet certain criteria in order to open your doors. One group of criteria is around fire safety for both guests and employees. Regulations for emergency exit safety are not only set up by your state and local fire marshal but also by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA).

 

It is important to understand the requirements and regulations. Failure to implement them correctly or ignoring them altogether not only will put those in your building at risk but put your company at risk of hefty fines and penalties- including a shutdown.

Important Exit Sign Rules for Industrial Buildings
While you need to follow all the requirements for fire safety, we are highlighting ones that specifically shouldn’t be ignored for industrial spaces. It is important to keep in mind that electrical distribution and lighting equipment (24%), heating equipment (16%), and intentional fires (9%) were the leading causes of industrial structure fires from 2011 to 2015.

 

Hopefully, this will guide you to purchasing the correct emergency exit signs and egress products for your building.

Exit Sign Illumination
The requirements for exit sign illumination are created by NFPA and their Life Safety Code (NFPA 101).

 

This code dictates that:

1. Every sign required should be suitably illuminated via a reliable source of light. Externally, internally, and photoluminescent illuminated signs are all permissible.

2. There must be at least 1.5 hrs. of emergency light if the building lighting fails.

3. The provided emergency lighting should put out light that is at least an avg. of 1 foot-candle, and never less than .1 foot-candle. The regulation also sets out standards for the decline of the strength of light and the uniformity ratio of that light.

4. If a photoluminescent sign is used, a light must be provided to charge that sign so that if the lights go out, the sign will stay illuminated for at least 1.5 hours.

 

OSHA also states that all exit routes should be lit well enough that any employee with normal vision will be able to see the route. Also keep in mind that depending on your location, your city or state will also have various requirements regarding your fire exits.

Exit Route Markings
Beyond having exit signs, industrial buildings like other buildings, need to have exit route signage. OSHA defines an exit route as, “a continuous and unobstructed path of exit travel from any point within a workplace to a place of safety (including refuge areas).” All exit routes are required to have emergency lighting and signage should power go out. This means that any area along the route needs to have these considerations.

 

When looking at your exit routes they are broken into three areas, each equally important to mark:

● Exit Access: The part of the exit that is the entrance to the exit.

● Exit Itself: This is the part of the exit that is separate from any other section or part of the building and offers a protected path of travel to the discharge.

● Exit Discharge: Where the exit meets the public way.

 

Photoluminescent Exit Sign Compliance
Photoluminescent exit signs are permitted in industrial buildings. Like other exit signage, they must be the requirements set forth by all regulating authorities. Specifically, look to the NFPA for illumination requirements.

 

Any type of exit sign you intend to use with internal illumination, such as photoluminescence,  should be listed and comply with the standards of UL 924. UL 924 is the agreed-upon standard for power equipment as well as emergency lighting, set by Underwriters Laboratories.

Shop Code Compliant Exit Signs
Jessup Manufacturing provides industrial buildings with a wide variety of code-compliant exit signs and fire safety signage. Our popular photoluminescent exit signs offer buildings an excellent sustainable choice that requires no electricity.

Contact the team at Jessup Manufacturing to learn more about photoluminescent exit signs and egress systems. We look forward to serving you.

 

 

2022-12-02 05:51:00

Popular Slip Resistant Tapes for the Office

Creating a safe workplace not only prevents employee injury but also boosts morale. Slip resistance tapes and treads can provide an inexpensive and easy-to-install option to help have a safe workplace by preventing slip and fall accidents in the office. And while non-slip tapes and even stair treads are popular choices for creating resistance, there are also a lot of options to choose from making it a confusing choice.

 

Jessup Manufacturing is a global leader in adhesive tapes and treads. Helping offices create a safe, OSHA-compliant workplace is something our team has been doing for decades. So whether it is understanding what grit your tape needs to be or what style is the best for your space we are discussing the most popular slip-resistant tape options for offices this year.  

Consider the Anti-Slip Tape Location
Having the correct anti-slip tape starts with understanding the location you intend to use it on. Is water frequent? What amount of foot traffic does it get? Are people carrying heavy things or does it change in elevation? Knowing your location and how people use the location is a great starting point to narrow down your anti-slip tape choices.

 

Three types of materials are most commonly used to make anti-slip tape and stair treads. Depending on the location and traffic you will be able to narrow down the type of anti-slip tape best suited for your application.

● Grit is an excellent choice if you need high slip resistance in your office. Carrying heavy boxes, rain or snow easily coming in, or similar are excellent environments for grit tapes and treads.

● Resilient is most commonly used around offices and is a textured PVC tape. These treads feel rubberized and are excellent in heavy foot traffic, but also comfortable enough for bare feet.

● Vinyl is typically used in bathrooms or locations where people have bare feet. These non-slip treads are embossed PVC and designed for both indoor wet and dry applications.

Top Anti-Slip Tape Choices
Several types of anti-slip tapes stand out for offices. They provide adequate resistance to prevent slip and fall accidents and meet OSHA requirements.

STEPS
For stairs or ladders in your office, you will want to ensure your adhesive system is able to aggressively bond and is extremely durable in order to prevent slip and fall accidents. Jessup Manufacturing’s Safety Track 3200 is an excellent choice for these applications. These treads can be purchased in a variety of colors, including clear. Depending on where the steps are located, you might need to consider having hazard striped message treads and meeting certain OSHA requirements. They are mop-friendly and can even withstand the elements.

IRREGULAR LOCATIONS AND MATERIALS
If you need something designed for heavier traffic and that is easily able to conform to irregular surfaces like bends, or deeply textured surfaces consider looking at Safety Track 3100 by Jessup Manufacturing. This adhesive also has the ability to be stable in both high and low-temperature ranges.

BATHROOMS
For bathrooms, you will want something that is resilient to water and potentially even comfortable for bare feet, depending on your office environment. A resilient anti-slip tape like Flex Track 4100 is excellent with water and on bare feet.

KITCHENS
Breakrooms and kitchen areas are one of the top offenders for slip and fall accidents in the office. With the hustle and bustle paired with the easy potential for spills, you will want to make sure to use anti-slip tape around sinks, refrigerators, and stoves. Look for a product that is mop friendly for easy cleaning and make sure it meets OSHA requirements, like the Safety Track 3500 product.

LIGHTS OUT
Lastly, when it comes to egress code requirements or providing visibility in dark situations you want to look for a product that meets certain standards. Using a photoluminescent grit tape to mark stairs, corridors, and more like the Safety Track 3400 product will not only provide illumination in the dark but meets ASTM and NYC (MEA #235-05-M) standards.

We Can Help
Making sure your office is outfitted with the proper non-slip tapes and treads is important to creating a safe workplace. Make sure to understand the location you will be applying the product in order to choose the best solution. With over 227,000 non-fatal injuries in 2017 due to slip and fall accidents at the workplace, it is not something to ignore. From small to large offices, non-slip tapes and stair treads offer an inexpensive and easy solution to create a safer workplace.

 

Jessup Manufacturing offers a wide variety of non-slip tapes and treads. You can shop our entire selection online at www.jessupmfg.com today or contact us to discuss custom solutions.

 

2022-11-30 05:49:39

Keep Your Employees Safer With This One Purchase

Do you know what continually tops the charts as one of the most common causes of serious work-related injuries and even deaths?

 

Slip and fall accidents.

 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports year after year that slip and fall accidents continually happen in work environments of all types. With a mission to keep people safe while working, The Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides and enforces standards of workplace safety through training, outreach, education, and assistance. OSHA is part of the United States Department of Labor and covers most private sector employers and their employees and in some cases public sector. Failure to comply with OSHA guidelines can not only include hefty fines and penalties but also puts your employees at risk.

 

Luckily preventing slip and fall accidents can be prevented in most cases. With the purchase of the correct anti-slip products and applying them in strategic locations, you can greatly decrease the risk of a slip and fall accident and keep your employees safer.

Fall Offenses Top OSHA Citations List
Even though fall prevention in the workplace is nothing new, it continually tops the Top 10 Citations List by OSHA year after year. Over the past decade, many companies have had to halt operations, make changes, or adapt training procedures in order to ensure their employees are properly protected from slip and fall accidents. Having adequate anti-slip products installed in the right places is a key piece to the puzzle in keeping your company from becoming part of this statistic.

 

Common OSHA violations around slip and fall protection include:

● Fall Protection- General Requirements (Standard 1926.501) Total Violations in 2017: 6,887

● Scaffolding (Standard 1926.451) Total Violations in 2017: 3,697

● Ladders (Standard 1926.1053) Total Violations in 2017: 2,567

● Fall Protection- Training Requirements (Standard 1926.503)  Total Violations in 2017: 1,724

What Types of Anti-Slip Products Can Help
Anti-slip products provide additional traction to help people maintain balance and improve slippery citations. Anti-slip products are made for both indoor and outdoor use and can accommodate heavy traffic, extreme temperatures and elements, and even bare feet. There are two common types of anti-slip treads/tapes that companies purchase depending on the location and type of work being performed.

Military Grade Anti Slip Products
The word military says it all. These anti-slip products use extra large grit particulars and can accommodate the toughest conditions. In order to claim a product is military grade it must meet or exceed MIL-PRF-24667C, so make sure to look for that on the label. From oil spills, mud, extreme temperatures, and even rough ocean waters, military grade anti-slip products are an excellent choice in preventing slip and fall accidents.

 

Rubberized PVC Anti Slip Products
Probably the most common in office and retail environments is a rubberized PVC anti-slip product. These adhesives come in several grades of grit depending on the working conditions, weather, and foot traffic.

 

These anti-slip products are excellent with work shoes and some of them are comfortable enough for bare feet. Common uses include ladders, vehicles, equipment, and indoor stairs.

Installing Anti-Slip Products
Once you decide what anti-slip product is best for your application you will need to install it. The process is easy and straightforward. Know that you can always remove anti-slip products and with Jessup Manufacturing products there is never any sticky residue or markings left behind.

 

Before you install make sure you have measured the space you intend to apply the adhesive. Whether it be a stair, ramp, or larger section you can usually buy the product cut to your appropriate size or make the cuts once it arrives. This should be done before removing the backing.

 

Common locations for anti-slip products include:

● Ramps or Heavy loading docks

● Single steps onto machinery

● Trucks/heavy equipment

● Workplace bathrooms (around sinks/toilets)

● Under water fountains or any water source

 

Make sure the surface is smooth, clean, and dry before applying the product. Gently remove the backing and stick to the location. You should let it adhere for one hour before allowing foot traffic.

We Can Help Prevent Slip and Fall Accidents
With the right products, you can better protect your employees and company. The addition of anti-slip products makes you one step closer to preventing slip and fall accidents. Jessup Manufacturing is a leader in anti-slip adhesives for all industries. With many of our products “High Traction” certified by the National Floor Safety Institute they are an ideal choice.

 

Contact our team to discuss your application and we can recommend the best anti-slip products. Or visit our website to learn more and shop our wide variety of anti-slip stair treads, tapes, and custom floor decals.

2022-11-29 06:05:51

Is Your Bath Rug Carrying Mold? What You Need to Know.

Google shows that this is a common problem just by the hundreds (thousands!) of articles written on the topic. Many people notice the growth of mold or are looking to take preventative measures at preventing it on their bath mats. Mold is a fungus that thrives in warm, damp environments, so the bathroom is an ideal location in your home for that to happen.

 

Unfortunately, mold can also quickly spread and cause major health problems. So it is no wonder you’ve found yourself researching how your bath mat gets moldy and how to fix it.

Bath mats can get moldy for a variety of reasons. It boils down to the lingering moisture in the bathroom and the warmth of the environment. Moisture doesn’t just come from the tub but could be caused by a leaky pipe, sink, poor ventilation, or toilet overflow. Paired with a dirty bath mat or a bath mat that isn’t properly suited for bathrooms and it can make the perfect location for mold spores to grow and spread.

 

Everyone knows that mold and mildew can cause major health problems and should be prevented. Unfortunately, the growth of mold can sneak up on you and if not treated properly it will continue to thrive. Keep reading below to understand why your bath mat is getting moldy, what to look for in the bath mat, and what you can do to prevent and remove bath mat mold.

Is Your Bath Mat Unsanitary?
The last thing you want is your bathroom to be a dirty, unsanitary place. Quiet the opposite. People go into the bathroom many times to become clean and remove dirt- you don’t want the opposite being showcased in yours! However, when your purchase a bath mat depending on its material, it can quickly absorb oils, dirt, and other particles making it dirty. Without proper cleaning and maintenance, your bath mat will quickly become unsanitary.

 

Keep your bathroom clean and sanitary by regularly cleaning your bath mats.

How to Clean Bath Mats
Every bath mat is a little different, but the basic cleaning instructions remain about the same. You will want to wash your bath mat in line with the manufacturer's recommendations. Once washed, make sure they are completely dry and try to keep the bathroom well-ventilated. In such a humid environment, it makes it the perfect location for mold to thrive.

How often do I wash my bath mat?
A good rule of thumb for washing your bath mat is on a weekly basis. However, if your bathroom is being used by multiple people, taking multiple showers then you might need to up this to 2-3 times per week. Non-slip bath mats, like the ones made by Jessup Manufacturing, require little to no maintenance because they are antimicrobial, but should still be washed occasionally.

Should I do anything beyond washing?
Depending on your bath mat's material it could make sense to do more than just washing it.

 

For non-slip bath mats, you will want to periodically use a stiff-bristled brush to scrub your non-slip bath mat with a commercial tub and tile cleaner. Using a circular gentle scrub it is easy to remove any unsightly soap scrum and body oil build up.

 

You will also want to make sure your bathroom has proper ventilation. Mold loves moisture, and by running an exhaust fan while you are in the shower or tub and immediately after for 30 minutes you can greatly decrease the amount of moisture in the air and on surfaces. Another way to ventilate is to open a window to let fresh air circulate into the small space.

 

If you are looking to kill mold that has already begun to grow, reach for vinegar before bleach. When you use bleach, although it might sound tough, the mold spores can still remain after application. Bleach only kills surface mold spores and not those hiding underneath the mat. Vinegar works deeper to keep the spore head on not allowing it to grow back.

This is key to keeping bath mat mold at bay
In general, bath mats are safe to use. However, like anything, you need to keep them clean and properly maintained. Looking for a non-slip bath mat that states it is anti-microbial is key to keep mold at bay and they are also going to be the easiest to maintain. An added bonus is choosing an antimicrobial bath mat that is certified NFSI High Traction which means it provides the necessary traction for your bare feet to prevent slip and fall accidents. If you are looking for an antimicrobial NFSI High Traction bath mat, shop the wide variety of colors, sizes, and shapes at Jessup Manufacturing.

 

Shop our entire selection now.

2022-11-28 05:55:42

How to Use Anti-Slip Tape in the Construction Industry

Construction zones are dangerous places. Activity involving heavy-duty machinery and heights means the potential for worker injury and fatality is higher than the national average.

 

Slip and fall accidents are still the leading cause of accidental injury. That makes working to prevent them a top priority in the construction industry because fall prevention can mean the difference between life and death. Putting a program in place for workers to get their jobs done safely will give your team confidence and the ability to protect themselves and those around them.

Solutions to Prevent Slip and Fall Accidents in Construction Zones
Finding ways to prevent slip and fall accidents in the construction industry is usually simple. Most accidents occur because of people not paying attention to their surroundings, so if you can provide proper training and improve conditions it will play a big role in lessening the number of accidents that occur.

 

Oftentimes a popular solution to improve conditions is the addition of anti-slip products. Anti-slip tape or stair treads bring in additional traction to help workers maintain stable footing. Tapes can be purchased in a variety of colors, so oftentimes they are also used to warn workers or remind workers of high-risk areas with bright colors.

 

When choosing an anti-slip tape you will want to make sure it meets certain criteria. First, it should be NFSI certified for "High Traction" and meet OSHA standards. You will also need to determine the application you are doing to use it for (indoor, outdoor, high foot traffic, weather/elements, sizing, etc.). Once the criteria are decided you can appropriately choose the best anti-slip tape for your application. For example, for outdoor locations that are commonly hit with oil or water, you might look to a higher grit or even a military-grade grit on the anti-slip tape to ensure adequate protection. If you are looking for added traction in the bathroom area, a PVC product with a lower grade grit is likely acceptable.

Locations to Use Anti-Slip Tape in Construction Zones
While construction zones are constantly changing, a few constants stay in place. Before sending workers out on location you will want to assess the area and equipment being used to determine the locations that will require additional traction. Listed below are common offenders for slip and fall accidents but by no means a fully extensive list.

 

1. Ramps/Loading Docks

Construction zones often have things coming in and out for the job. People are busy, weather changes, and thinking about foot traction is not always top of mind. Adding anti-slip tape to ramps and loading docks is an easy and inexpensive way to prevent accidents from occurring.

 

2. Heavy Duty Machinery

Having a safe environment around heavy-duty machinery is imperative. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration explains that about 100 employees are killed and 95,000 injured every year while operating forklifts alone. Besides using anti-slip tape on all heavy duty machinery steps, it is also recommended to do the following in order to keep employees safe:

● Ensure proper training and certification for equipment

● Before the use of any machinery, examine it for proper haulage equipment and potentially hazardous conditions

● The forklift operator should always wear a seatbelt

● Never exceed 5 MPH

 

3. Scaffolding and Ladders

Applying anti-slip tape to scaffolding and ladders is one of the best ways to prevent slip and fall accidents. Being up high and performing work, it can be easier to lose balance so having the added traction of an anti-slip tape is necessary. Make sure to choose an anti-slip product that meets the requirements of the location the scaffolding or ladder is being used (indoor, outdoor, etc.).

 

Also, make sure to use the equipment for the purpose for which they were designed and on proper surfaces. It might sound like common sense, but all too often ladders are set on unstable surfaces or scaffolding hasn’t been checked for defects.

 

4. Bathrooms / Food Prep Areas

This one may sound silly or out of place compared to the others listed, but it is actually a top offender when it comes to slip and fall accidents. Because of the liquid present in the bathroom and kitchen areas, many people are caught off guard and lose their footing more than you might think.

 

Luckily, with a few strips of anti-slip tape floors can have the added traction necessary to prevent accidents. Using a product like Jessup Manufacturing’s Safety Track® Medium Resilient Vinyl Anti-Slip Black film around sinks, stoves, and toilets provides an inexpensive barrier to keep employees safe. The clear option makes the product discrete, but still just as tough.

Shop Anti-Slip Tape for Construction Jobs
Making your construction site safe protects your employees and your company. Jessup Manufacturing is a leader in adhesive products and works within the construction industry to ensure safe working conditions. Shop our selection specific for the construction industry today.

2022-11-25 07:04:28

Bath Rug Slipping? Try This Easy Solution.

One of the most common problems people have in their bathroom is slipping bath rugs. It is so annoying! But a lot more than annoying, it can be a serious safety hazard too.

 

Bathrooms are the #1 location for slip and fall accidents in the home. This can often be caused by that slipping bath mat. Coming out of the shower, expecting to get the traction you need and the bath mat moves just so making you lose your balance and slip. Luckily, there is a simple solution for those pesky slippery bath rugs- switching over to a non-slip bath mat.

 

You might be asking yourself, what’s the difference between the two? A lot, actually. Keep reading to learn more.

The Basics of a Bath Rug
Before we dive into the fix, it’s good to understand the common bath rug. Often people purchase them because they can tie together decor and create a focal point for their bathroom. And while they can serve nicely as an aesthetic item, they perform poorly in actually preventing slip and fall accidents. Actually, quite the contrary. They commonly cause more harm than good.

 

SLIPS & TRIPS

While a bare bathroom floor is a sure-fire way to slip, a bath rug comes with its own set of disadvantages. Bath rugs oftentimes don’t have the rubber backing required to stay put and if they do it quickly deteriorates when you wash them. This added movement can create another slip and fall hazard in the bathroom.

 

MOLD & MILDEW

A big complaint that comes with bath rugs is the fact that they quickly harbor mold and mildew. Due to the nature of the pile construction and the amount of water they see, the bath rug can simply not keep up and generally doesn’t come with a mold barrier or mildew resistance. If you do choose a bath rug make sure you are cleaning it at least weekly and inspecting it for signs of mold and mildew.

Why Bath Mats Are Better Then Bath Rugs
A non-slip bath mat comes in to provide the slip and fall protection that a typical bath rug lacks- and then some.

 

Bath mats offer the added traction for your bare feet and the suction to the floor necessary to keep people safe. Their ability to soak up excess water in the bathroom while still being able to provide traction comfortable to bare feet make them an excellent choice for bathroom floors and even in tubs and showers. A bonus is a microbial bath mat, like the ones offered by Jessup Manufacturing. This type of bath mat is also able to keep mold and mildew at bay, even in the wettest conditions.

 

 

 

What to Look For in a Non-Slip Bath Mat
When shopping for a non-slip bath mat you will want to keep a few things in mind.

Traction
The most important consideration is safety and that starts with traction control. Having a non-slip bath mat that provides the necessary traction while also being comfortable on bare feet is important. Look for grit that is fine and preferably a vinyl bath mat. This will ensure you get an adequate level of traction while still enjoying how the bath mat feels.

 

Pro Tip: Another term for traction is level of coefficient.

Sizing
The standard bath mat is 20 x 30 inches. However, your location might require longer, shorter, or certain cut-outs. That is why non-slip bath mats come in all shapes and sizes. Unlike bath rugs, non-slip bath mats are excellent in the bath and shower, so sizes greatly vary. If you are using it in the tub/shower make sure to account for your drain and the length of the tub.

Mold and Mildew
With the amount of water these rugs and mats see, mold and mildew is a common problems. Even with frequent washing and cleaning, they are highly susceptible to harbor mold and mildew in their environment.

 

Look for a non-slip bath mat that labels itself as “antimicrobial”. This ensures it can prevent mold and mildew for the long haul.

Compliance
Not all non-slip bath mats are the same when it comes to safety. Depending on the people using your bathroom, you might want to make sure your non-slip bath mat meets additional compliance and safety regulations. Non-slip bath mats can carry certifications or meet standards set forth by organizations often including Prop 65, ADA, NFSI High Traction, and OSHA certified.

Shop Non-Slip Bath Mats
If you are ready to get rid of your slipping bath rug, consider purchasing a non-slip bath mat. Jessup Manufacturing is a leader in non-slip adhesives and provides a large selection of non-slip bath mats in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. All our bath mats meet standards set forth by Prop 65, ADA, and OSHA. These bath mats are all certified for high traction for the NFSI and antimicrobial.

 

Visit our website to shop our selection today.

2022-11-24 08:43:06