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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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Industrial Marking Tape: Mastering Floor Marking with Flex Track® Tape


The industrial world thrives on efficiency and safety. Every decision, every action, contributes to a well-oiled machine that keeps operations running smoothly. In this symphony of movement, clear visual communication plays a crucial role, and that's where floor marking tapes come in. But not just any floor marking tape will do. For high-traffic areas like manufacturing facilities, warehouses, and bustling retail spaces, you need a champion – a tape that can withstand the daily grind and ensure both visibility and safety. Enter Flex Track® tape, a true game-changer in the realm of industrial floor marking.

Built for Performance, Engineered for Safety:

Flex Track® isn't just another pretty face on the floor. It's a meticulously crafted system designed to conquer the challenges of demanding industrial environments. Here's what makes it stand out:

  • Rock-Solid Durability: Forget about peeling, fading, or tearing. Flex Track® boasts an extremely durable anti-slip surface that can handle heavy foot traffic, forklift abuse, and rolling carts without breaking a sweat. This ensures long-lasting performance and minimizes the need for frequent replacements.
  • Gripping Power on Point: Safety is paramount in any industrial setting. Flex Track® features an aggressive adhesive that bonds securely to various surfaces, providing exceptional grip even in wet conditions. This enhanced slip resistance reduces the risk of accidents and keeps your workers safe on their feet.
  • Chemical Resistance Like a Boss: Harsh chemicals are often part of the industrial landscape. Flex Track® demonstrates good chemical resistance, standing strong against solvents, oils, and cleaning agents commonly used in industrial settings. This ensures its longevity and functionality even in challenging environments.
  • Cleaning Made Easy: Maintaining a clean workspace is vital. Thankfully, Flex Track® plays nice with your cleaning routine. Its smooth surface allows for easy cleaning with mops and floor scrubbers, ensuring effortless maintenance without compromising performance.
  • Wet Conditions? No Problem: Water spills and damp environments are no match for Flex Track®. This tape maintains its grip and visibility even in wet conditions, making it ideal for areas prone to moisture or frequent cleaning.
  • Forklift Traffic? Bring it On!: Imagine a floor marking tape that's unfazed by the rumble of forklifts. Flex Track® is that champion. It's built to withstand the rigors of fork-truck traffic, ensuring clear delineation of pathways and designated areas, even in heavy-duty environments.
  • Time is Money: Imagine getting your marking system up and running in minutes, not hours. Flex Track® eliminates the waiting game. This self-adhesive tape requires no drying time, allowing you to quickly and efficiently install your markings and get back to business.
  • Certified for Excellence: Safety standards matter. Flex Track® proudly carries the UL410 certification, signifying its compliance with safety regulations for low-flame spread and smoke development. Additionally, it adheres to ADA & OSHA compliance, ensuring accessibility and safety for all.

Beyond Durability: Expanding the Possibilities:

While exceptional durability and safety are essential, Flex Track® offers more than just that. Its versatility allows you to create a comprehensive marking system tailored to your specific needs:

  • Clear and Bold Colors: Choose from a vibrant palette of colors to create highly visible markings that differentiate walkways, safety zones, designated areas, and more. This enhances visual guidance and promotes safe navigation within your facility.
  • Customizable Widths: Whether you need narrow lines for traffic flow or wider markings for specific zones, Flex Track® offers a range of widths to fit your requirements. This flexibility allows you to create a customized marking system that perfectly aligns with your operational needs.
  • Pre-Printed Text and Symbols: For enhanced communication and clarity, opt for Flex Track® tapes with pre-printed text or symbols like arrows, stop signs, or safety warnings. This simplifies communication and reinforces safety protocols within your space.

Where Flex Track® Shines:

Imagine transforming your industrial space into a well-organized, efficient, and above all, safe environment. Flex Track® is the perfect partner for this transformation, particularly in these areas:

  • Manufacturing Facilities: Clearly mark production lines, safety zones, and hazardous areas to create a safe and efficient work environment.
  • Warehouses: Delineate walkways, designate storage areas, and improve inventory management with clear and visible markings.
  • Retail Stores: Guide customers with directional markings, highlight special promotions, and create designated zones for a streamlined shopping experience.
  • Hospitals: Enhance safety and accessibility by marking walkways, patient zones, and equipment areas with readily visible floor markings.

Unveiling the Power of Flex Track®:

By incorporating Flex Track® into your industrial space, you unlock a multitude of benefits:

  • Improved visibility: Clearly marked walkways, safety zones, and designated areas promote safe navigation and prevent collisions.
  • Enhanced slip resistance: The aggressive adhesive and anti-slip surface minimize slips and falls, even in wet conditions.
  • Clear communication: Pre-printed text and symbols warn workers of potential hazards and guide them through the workspace safely.
  • Forklift safety: Durable markings withstand heavy traffic, delineating pathways and preventing accidents involving forklifts and pedestrians.
  • Reduced confusion: Organized and well-marked spaces minimize confusion and promote safe work practices.
2024-02-21 09:37:48

Guide to Glow-in-the-Dark Tape: From Floor Marking to Safety Signage

Imagine navigating a darkened hallway during a power outage, unsure of where the next step will lead. Or picture emergency responders efficiently guiding people to safety in a smoke-filled building. This is the power of glow-in-the-dark tape, a seemingly simple product with endless possibilities for enhancing safety and visibility in diverse environments.

Beyond the common perception of childish room decorations, this luminous tape, also known as floor marking tape and glow-in-the-dark signage, offers a multitude of practical applications for homes, businesses, and institutions. It harnesses the power of photoluminescence, absorbing light to create a long-lasting, visible glow when darkness descends.

This blog delves into the fascinating world of glow-in-the-dark tape, exploring its benefits, various types, and diverse applications. Whether you're a homeowner seeking childproofing solutions or a business owner prioritizing workplace safety, this guide will shed light on how this versatile tape can illuminate your path.

The Science Behind the Glow:

The magic behind glow-in-the-dark tape lies in its unique composition. It contains photoluminescent pigments, tiny crystals charged by ambient light. These crystals then release stored energy as a visible glow, providing illumination even in complete darkness. The glow duration and intensity vary depending on the pigment type and initial light exposure.

Benefits of Glow-in-the-Dark Tape:

  • Enhanced Safety: In emergencies like power outages or fires, readily visible markings ensure safe navigation and evacuation.
  • Improved Visibility: Gentle yet persistent glow guides footsteps in low-light environments, preventing slips and falls.
  • Versatility: Adaptable to various surfaces and applications, offering endless customization options.
  • Durability: Long-lasting and weather-resistant, providing sustained luminescence even after years of use.
  • Cost-Effective: Affordable solution compared to complex lighting systems, requiring minimal maintenance.

Types Of Glow-in-the-dark Tape:

  • Standard Grade: Offers a moderate glow duration and is ideal for marking pathways, stairs, and exits.
  • High-Performance Grade: Features a prolonged glow, perfect for critical safety applications in complete darkness.
  • Anti-Slip Grade: Combines luminous properties with a textured surface for enhanced traction, reducing slips and falls.
  • Customizable Options: Available in various colors, shapes, and sizes to suit specific needs and branding.


Applications Across Different Settings:

Home:

  • Childproofing: Mark furniture edges, corners, and electrical outlets to prevent accidents.
  • Pathway Guidance: Illuminate hallways, staircases, and thresholds for safe nighttime navigation.
  • Emergency Preparedness: Highlight evacuation routes and essential supplies for easy locating in power outages.


Business:

  • Workplace Safety: Mark walkways, machinery, and hazardous areas for enhanced visibility.
  • Emergency Exits: Clearly identify escape routes with visible signage that glows in darkness.
  • Inventory Management: Implement color-coded tape for efficient product identification and organization.


Institutions:

  • Schools: Guide students to assembly points and designated areas during drills or emergencies.
  • Hospitals: Ensure clear wayfinding for staff and patients, especially in critical care areas.
  • Public Buildings: Improve accessibility and safety for all visitors by marking essential pathways and exits.


Beyond Safety:

The creative potential of glow-in-the-dark tape extends beyond safety applications. It can be used for:

  • Decorative Accents: Enhance the ambiance of rooms with subtle glowing patterns or borders.
  • Interactive Play Areas: Create engaging and imaginative spaces for children.
  • Art Installations: Explore unique artistic expressions by manipulating light and darkness.


Choosing the Right Tape:

Selecting the appropriate glow-in-the-dark tape involves considering factors like:

  • Required glow duration and intensity
  • Surface application (indoor/outdoor)
  • Desired level of traction
  • Specific safety compliance requirements
  • Aesthetic preferences and budget

Remember: For optimal performance, ensure good initial light exposure to charge the luminescent pigments.

Jessup Manufacturing:

Jessup Manufacturing offers a comprehensive range of high-quality glow-in-the-dark tapes, catering to diverse needs and applications. They are committed to providing durable, reliable, and photoluminescent safety solutions. Visit their website to explore their offerings and find the perfect solution for your specific requirements.

 

2024-02-20 05:50:00

Wet Feet? No Problem: What to Look for in Non-Slip Shower Mats for Your Bathroom

A informative guide for preventing slip and fall accidents

The bathroom is meant to be a place where we can relax and rejuvenate, but it can quickly turn into a dangerous zone if we don't take the necessary precautions. All too often we hear of everyone from young children to elderly having a slip and fall accident in the shower. These wet areas create serious problems for people of all ages and can easily be avoided in many cases.

 

To prevent these accidents and keep you and your loved ones safe, installing non-slip shower mats is an easy and effective solution. Not all shower mats are created equal, however, and choosing the right one can make all the difference. In this article, we'll explore the key features to look for in a high-quality anti-slip bath mat for the shower, so you can choose one that will provide maximum safety and comfort.

Understanding the Risks
Statistics show that slip and fall accidents are a leading cause of injury in the bathroom, with seniors and young children being the most vulnerable. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every year, approximately 235,000 people over the age of 15 are treated in emergency rooms for injuries sustained in the bathroom. Among this group, over 80% of the injuries are caused by falls, with slip and fall accidents being the most common type.

 

The majority of these accidents occur in the shower or bathtub due to the slick surfaces and wet conditions. Slippery floors are not only a hazard for the elderly, but for anyone who has a mobility issue or struggles with balance. Even healthy adults can lose their footing and fall in the shower if the surface is not slip-resistant.

 

The consequences of a slip and fall accident can be severe, ranging from bruises and cuts to broken bones, head injuries, and even death. For seniors, a fall can lead to a loss of independence and a decline in quality of life. Therefore, it is crucial to take steps to prevent these accidents and ensure the safety of everyone using the bathroom.

Factors to Consider When Choosing Non-Slip Shower Mats
There are several non-slip shower mats available in the market, and it can be difficult to know which one to choose. We recommend considering the factors listed below to determine which one is best for your needs.

1. Size and Shape
Make sure to measure your shower floor and choose a mat that fits the dimensions properly. You also want to consider the shape of the mat, as some may be better suited for square showers while others are more ideal for curved showers.

2. Material

Look for a mat that is made from high-quality materials, such as natural rubber or silicone, as these materials tend to offer better traction and durability. Avoid mats made from cheap plastic, which can become slippery and deteriorate quickly.

 

3. Non-Slip Surface

Ensure that the mat has a textured surface to provide maximum grip and prevent slipping. Look for mats with suction cups on the bottom that will keep the mat securely in place.

 

4. Water Drainage

Choose a mat that has ample drainage holes to prevent water from pooling on the surface, which can lead to slipping and mildew buildup.

 

5. Easy to Clean

Look for a mat that is easy to clean and maintain. Mats that can be easily wiped down or thrown in the washing machine are ideal.

 

6. Antimicrobial Properties

Consider a mat that is treated with an antimicrobial agent to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold, which can cause odors and potentially harm your health. 

 

7. Safety Certifications

Look for mats that have been certified by industry standards for safety and performance, such as the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), OSHA, or ASTM International.

 

By keeping these factors in mind when shopping for a non-slip bath mat for the shower, you can ensure that you choose a high-quality mat that will provide maximum safety and comfort.

How to Care for Your Non-Slip Shower Mat
To ensure that your non-slip shower mat lasts as long as possible, it's essential to care for it properly. Regular cleaning is crucial, and mats should be removed from the shower and cleaned with soap and water weekly. They should also be disinfected periodically to prevent the growth of mold and mildew.

Safety in the Bathroom Made Simple
At Jessup Manufacturing, we offer a wide selection of non-slip shower mats that meet the highest safety and performance standards. Our mats are made from high-quality materials, have textured surfaces for maximum grip, ample drainage holes, and are treated with an antimicrobial agent to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold. We also offer mats that have been certified by industry standards for safety and performance, giving you peace of mind. 

 

Visit our website today to view our large selection of non-slip shower mats and other safety products for the bathroom. Stay safe and comfortable in your bathroom with Jessup Manufacturing.

2023-11-09 05:40:15

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Right Emergency Exit Sign for Your Building's Layout and Code Requirements

Emergency exit signs are a crucial aspect of any building’s safety infrastructure. They guide occupants to the nearest exit in case of an emergency, and help to prevent confusion and panic during a crisis. But with a variety of emergency exit signs available on the market, how do you choose the right one for your building’s layout and code requirements? 

 

In this ultimate guide, we will explore the different types of emergency exit signs available, the relevant code requirements, and provide tips on how to choose and maintain the right emergency exit sign for your building.

Understanding Emergency Exit Sign Types
There are several types of emergency exit signs available on the market, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. It’s essential to understand the differences between each type of sign to choose the one that best fits your building’s needs.

Photoluminescent Signs
Also known as glow-in-the-dark signs, this technology absorbs light energy and releases it slowly over time, creating a long-lasting, self-illuminating glow. They are energy-efficient, require no external power source, and have a lifespan of up to 25 years. Photoluminescent signs are an excellent choice for buildings with a lot of natural light, as they are not as visible in low-light environments.

LED Exit Signs
LED exit signs use light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to produce bright, energy-efficient illumination. They are highly visible in all lighting conditions and have a lifespan of up to 10 years. LED exit signs are an excellent choice for buildings that require constant illumination, such as hospitals or schools.

Tritium Exit Signs
Tritium exit signs contain a small amount of radioactive tritium gas that emits light as it decays. They require no external power source and have a lifespan of up to 20 years. Tritium exit signs are ideal for buildings that require continuous illumination, such as warehouses or manufacturing plants.

Electroluminescent Exit Signs
Electroluminescent exit signs use a technology that creates a visible light source from an electric field. They are highly visible in all lighting conditions, have a lifespan of up to 15 years, and are energy-efficient. Electroluminescent exit signs are an excellent choice for buildings that require frequent maintenance, as they are easy to install and require minimal upkeep.

Code Requirements for Emergency Exit Signs
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Codes
The NFPA is an organization that sets standards for fire protection and life safety. They publish a set of codes known as the NFPA Life Safety Code, which provides requirements for the installation, inspection, and maintenance of emergency exit signs. The code requires that all exit signs be visible and legible in all lighting conditions, and that they are placed at or near the exit they represent.

International Building Code (IBC) Requirements
The IBC is a set of codes that provides minimum requirements for the design and construction of buildings. The code requires that all exit signs be placed in an unobstructed view of the exit they represent, and that they are visible from any direction of approach.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Considerations
The ADA is a law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities. The law requires that all emergency exit signs include tactile characters and Braille to ensure that individuals with visual impairments can locate the exit.

Choosing the Right Emergency Exit Sign
Now that we’ve explored the different types of emergency exit signs available and the relevant code requirements, let’s look at how to choose the right sign for your building.

Evaluate the Building Layout
The first step in choosing the right emergency exit sign is to evaluate your building’s layout. Take note of the number of exits and the distance between them. Consider the lighting conditions in each area of the building, as well as any potential obstructions that could interfere with visibility. By understanding the layout of your building, you can choose the right type of sign and ensure that they are placed in the most effective location.

Consider the Code Requirements
Another essential factor to consider when choosing an emergency exit sign is the relevant code requirements. Review the NFPA Life Safety Code and the IBC to ensure that you are selecting a sign that meets the minimum requirements. Consider the ADA requirements as well, especially if your building serves individuals with disabilities.

Choose the Type of Sign that Fits Your Needs
Once you have evaluated your building’s layout and the relevant code requirements, you can choose the type of emergency exit sign that best fits your needs. Consider the lighting conditions in your building, the lifespan of the sign, and the ease of maintenance when making your decision. Ultimately, the goal is to select a sign that is visible, legible, and easy to maintain.

Installation and Maintenance of Emergency Exit Signs
Once you have selected the right emergency exit sign for your building, it’s essential to ensure that it is installed and maintained correctly. Proper installation and maintenance are crucial to ensure that the sign remains visible and effective in the event of an emergency.

Placement and Mounting Requirements
The NFPA Life Safety Code and the IBC provide guidelines on the placement and mounting of emergency exit signs. Signs must be placed in an unobstructed view of the exit they represent, and they must be visible from any direction of approach. Signs must be mounted securely to prevent them from falling or being knocked down.

Testing and Maintenance Procedures
Regular testing and maintenance are crucial to ensure that your emergency exit signs remain visible and effective. The NFPA Life Safety Code and the IBC require that emergency exit signs be tested and maintained at least once a year. During the inspection, check the sign’s visibility, legibility, and condition. Replace any signs that are damaged, faded, or illegible.

When to Replace Emergency Exit Signs
Even with proper maintenance, emergency exit signs will eventually need to be replaced. The lifespan of each type of sign varies, but it’s essential to replace them before they become too faded or damaged to be effective. Signs that are more than ten years old should be replaced, regardless of their condition.

 

Shop Emergency Exit Signage
By choosing the right type of sign and ensuring that they are installed and maintained correctly, you can help to ensure the safety of your building’s occupants in the event of an emergency. 

 

Remember to evaluate your building’s layout, consider the code requirements, and choose a sign that fits your needs. Regular testing and maintenance are crucial to ensure that your emergency exit signs remain visible and effective. By following these guidelines, you can select and maintain the right emergency exit sign for your building.

 

Shop a wide selection of emergency exit signs today at JessupMFG.com

 

2023-11-08 06:24:47

The Top Features to Look for When Choosing Anti-Slip Tape for Your Business

Ways to Ensure Safety for Employees and Customers

 

Slip and fall accidents are a leading cause of injuries and liability claims in the workplace. In fact, the National Safety Council estimates that falls account for over 8 million emergency room visits each year in the United States alone. 

 

As a business owner, it's your responsibility to ensure that your workplace is safe for your employees and customers, and one way to do that is by investing in anti-slip tape. In this article, we'll go over the top features to look for when choosing anti-slip tape for your business.

Top Features to Look for in Anti-Slip Tape
Slip and fall accidents are a common cause of injuries and liability claims in the workplace. As a business owner, it's crucial to take steps to prevent such accidents and protect your employees and customers. With so many different types of non-slip tape on the market, keep the following features in mind to find the best quality option for your business.

1. Durability and resistance to wear and tear
Anti-slip tape is only effective if it can withstand the wear and tear of daily use. Look for tape that is made from durable materials that can hold up to foot traffic, spills, and cleaning. High-quality anti-slip tape can last for years without needing to be replaced, which can save you money in the long run.

2. Adhesive strength and compatibility with different surfaces
The adhesive strength of anti-slip tape is another important factor to consider. Make sure the tape you choose has a strong adhesive that can bond securely to different surfaces, including tile, concrete, and wood. Additionally, consider whether the tape can be removed easily without leaving residue or damaging the underlying surface.

3. Texture and slip-resistant properties
The texture of anti-slip tape is what makes it effective at preventing slips and falls. Look for tape with a rough, slip-resistant surface that provides good traction even when wet or oily. Some tapes come in different levels of coarseness or grit, so you can choose the level of slip resistance that's right for your needs.

4. Compliance with relevant safety standards and regulations
In order to ensure maximum safety, it's important to choose non-slip tape that complies with relevant safety standards and regulations. For example, OSHA requires that workplaces be free from recognized hazards that could cause serious harm or death. Choosing tape that meets OSHA's guidelines can help protect your business from liability and keep your employees and customers safe.

5. Customization options and branding opportunities
Some non-slip tape manufacturers offer customization options, such as different colors or patterns, to match your branding or aesthetic preferences. This can help you maintain a cohesive look throughout your business while still prioritizing safety.

Benefits of Using Non-Slip Tape in Your Business
Investing in non-slip tape can bring a wide range of benefits to your business, going beyond just preventing slip and fall accidents. One significant benefit of using non-slip adhesives is the reduced risk of liability claims and associated costs. Slip and fall accidents can result in expensive lawsuits and insurance claims, and the costs can add up quickly. 

 

According to the National Floor Safety Institute, slip and fall accidents cost businesses over $13 billion per year in the United States alone. By investing in non-slip tape, you can reduce the risk of these accidents and protect your business from the associated costs.

 

Another advantage of using non-slip tape is the improvement of employee morale and productivity. When employees feel safe in the workplace, they are more likely to be productive and engaged. Using these types of products sends a clear message that your business cares about the safety and well-being of its employees, and this can have a positive impact on their morale and productivity.

 

Using non-slip tape can also enhance customer satisfaction and loyalty. Customers want to feel safe and secure when they visit your business, and using non-slip tape can help create that sense of security. By demonstrating a commitment to safety and quality, you can build trust with your customers and foster loyalty to your brand.

 

By promoting a culture of safety and responsibility, you can position your business as a leader in your industry and demonstrate your commitment to the well-being of your employees and customers. This can have a positive impact on your brand image and reputation, and may even help attract new customers.

Shop High Quality Non-Slip Tape
Choosing the right non-slip tape for your business is an important decision that can have significant implications for the safety, productivity, and profitability of your workplace. By considering factors such as durability, adhesive strength, slip resistance, compliance with safety standards, and customization options, you can find the tape that best meets your needs. 

 

Shop the leader in adhesive products, with a wide selection of certified and high quality non-slip tape at Jessup Manufacturing today. 

 

2023-11-07 05:56:23

The Role of Anti-Slip Tape in Meeting ADA Requirements for Slip Resistance

The Importance of Ensuring Compliance and Tips on How To

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal law that aims to promote accessibility and safety for people with disabilities in various settings, including businesses. Among the many requirements set by the ADA, slip resistance is a critical aspect that businesses must comply with to prevent accidents and injuries. 

 

In this article, we will discuss how anti-slip tape can help businesses meet ADA requirements for slip resistance and enhance safety in their premises.

Understanding ADA Requirements for Slip Resistance
The ADA has specific requirements for slip resistance in different areas of a business, such as ramps, stairs, floors, and other walking surfaces. These requirements aim to ensure that people with disabilities can move around safely and independently without the risk of slipping and falling.

 

To meet the ADA requirements for slip resistance, businesses must perform slip resistance tests on their walking surfaces to determine their coefficient of friction (COF). There are two types of slip resistance tests: static and dynamic.Static coefficient of friction (SCOF) measures the resistance of a surface to slip when standing still, while dynamic coefficient of friction (DCOF) measures the resistance to slip when in motion. 

 

The ADA recommends a minimum SCOF of 0.6 and a minimum DCOF of 0.42 for level surfaces and 0.8 for ramps and slopes. These standards are based on the guidelines of the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM).

The Role of Anti-Slip Tape in Meeting ADA Requirements
Anti-slip tape is an effective solution for enhancing slip resistance on different surfaces and areas of a business. It is a cost-effective, easy-to-install, and versatile solution that can help businesses comply with ADA requirements and prevent slip and fall accidents. 

 

Here are some of the benefits of using anti-slip tape in meeting ADA requirements:

●     Cost-effectiveness: Anti-slip tape is a cost-effective solution compared to other slip-resistant flooring options such as replacing flooring or applying coatings. It is also durable and long-lasting, reducing the need for frequent replacements or repairs.

●     Easy installation and maintenance: Anti-slip tape can be easily installed on different surfaces, including concrete, wood, metal, and tiles. It requires minimal surface preparation and can be cut to size to fit different areas. Additionally, it is easy to clean and maintain, making it a low-maintenance solution.

●     Versatility: Anti-slip tape comes in different colors, sizes, and textures, making it a versatile solution for different areas of a business. It can also be customized for non-slip stair treads and even with logos or messages to enhance branding and communication.

●     Effective slip resistance: Anti-slip tape has been proven to enhance slip resistance on different surfaces, including ramps, stairs, and floors. A study by the National Floor Safety Institute found that non-slip stair treads can reduce slip and fall accidents by up to 90%.

Choosing the Right Anti-Slip Tape for Your Business
There are different types of anti-slip tape available in the market, each with its unique features and benefits. When choosing anti-slip tape for your business, consider the following factors:

Durability and resistance to wear and tear
Choose anti-slip tape that is durable and can withstand heavy foot traffic and other stresses. Look for tape made from high-quality materials such as vinyl or polyurethane.

Adhesive strength and compatibility with different surfaces
Ensure that the anti-slip tape has strong adhesive properties and can stick to different surfaces without peeling or lifting. Consider the surface type and choose tape that is compatible with it.

Texture and slip-resistant properties
Choose anti-slip tape with a texture that provides adequate slip resistance based on your specific needs. Some tapes have a coarse texture for high slip resistance, while others have a smoother texture for moderate slip resistance.

Compliance with safety standards and regulations
This is critical to ensure that your facility is not only safe but also legally compliant, which can help to protect your business from potential lawsuits and regulatory fines.

Slip and Fall Prevention Made Simple
Anti-slip tape plays a crucial role in meeting ADA requirements for slip resistance. As a business owner or manager, it is important to understand these requirements and ensure that your facility is compliant to prevent slip and fall accidents and the associated costs and liabilities.
 

When choosing anti-slip tape for your facility, consider the tape's durability, adhesive strength, texture, compliance with safety standards, and customization options. It's also important to work with a reputable manufacturer that has experience in providing anti-slip solutions for various industries.

 

At Jessup Manufacturing, we specialize in providing high-quality, durable, and compliant anti-slip tape and non-slip stair treads for businesses across different sectors. Our products are designed to meet the highest safety standards and regulations while providing customizable options to suit your specific needs and branding requirements.

 

Investing in anti-slip tape and other safety solutions not only helps to prevent accidents but also demonstrates your commitment to providing a safe and healthy workplace for your employees and customers. So don't wait until an accident occurs, take proactive steps to ensure the safety of your facility and protect your business from costly liabilities.

 

Contact us today to learn more about our anti-slip tape and other safety solutions and how they can help you meet ADA requirements and prevent slip and fall accidents.

 

2023-11-06 05:57:29

The Long-Term Cost Savings of Investing in Anti-Slip Tapes for Your Business

Beyond Safety: How Anti-Slip Tapes Can Improve Your Bottom Line


Slip and fall accidents in the workplace can have serious consequences, both for the employees who are injured and for the businesses that employ them. These accidents can result in medical bills, legal fees, lost productivity, and increased insurance costs. Investing in anti-slip tapes is one way that businesses can mitigate these risks and potentially save money in the long run.

The Importance of Slip and Fall Prevention in Businesses
Slip and fall accidents are a common problem in workplaces across a wide range of industries. According to the National Safety Council, slips, trips, and falls are the third leading cause of workplace injuries and fatalities in the United States. 

 

The cost of these accidents can add up quickly, both in terms of direct expenses like medical bills and legal fees, and indirect costs like lost productivity and increased insurance premiums.

The Cost Savings of Investing in Anti-Slip Tapes
Slip and fall accidents can have a significant impact on businesses, both in terms of direct costs associated with injury claims and indirect costs like lost productivity and decreased employee morale. 

 

Beyond just reducing the risk of accidents and associated costs, investing in anti-slip tapes can also have a positive impact on workplace culture and productivity. By creating a safe and secure work environment, businesses can boost employee morale, reduce absenteeism, and increase engagement and productivity.

 

To maximize the cost savings and benefits, businesses should consider the following:

●       Conduct a thorough risk assessment to identify high-risk areas and determine the appropriate anti-slip measures.

●       Choose anti-slip tapes that are durable, resistant to wear and tear, and compatible with a variety of surfaces.

●       Ensure that anti-slip tapes comply with relevant safety standards and regulations.

●       Consider customization options and branding opportunities to reinforce your commitment to safety and create a cohesive workplace environment. For this reason, clear anti-slip tape with branding has become an increasingly popular choice.

 

By taking a proactive approach to workplace safety and investing in anti-slip tapes, businesses can reduce the risk of accidents, save money in the long run, and create a culture of safety and productivity.

Factors to Consider When Choosing Anti-Slip Tapes
When selecting adhesives for your business, there are several factors to consider. 

Durability and resistance to wear and tear
Anti-slip tapes that are designed for high-traffic areas should be durable and able to withstand wear and tear over time.

Adhesive strength and compatibility with different surfaces
The tape should be able to adhere securely to a variety of surfaces, including concrete, tile, carpet, and wood.

Texture and slip-resistant properties
The tape should have a textured surface that provides grip and reduces the risk of slipping.

Compliance with relevant safety standards and regulations
The tape should meet or exceed relevant safety standards and regulations, such as those set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Aesthetic appeal and customization opportunities
Some tapes can be customized with company logos or branding, which can help to reinforce marketing or other important messages. Other locations might want to opt for a clear anti-slip tape for a more aesthetically integrated look. 

Case Studies and Statistics
There are many examples of businesses that have successfully implemented anti-slip measures and seen long-term cost savings. For example, a major grocery chain reduced slip and fall accidents by 80% in their stores by installing anti-slip tapes on the floors. A hotel chain was able to reduce the frequency of accidents by 50% and save over $400,000 in insurance costs by implementing anti-slip measures.

 

In addition to these real-world examples, statistical analysis has shown that the potential cost savings of anti-slip tapes can be significant. 

Did you know that…
●     According to the National Floor Safety Institute, slip and fall accidents cost businesses over $13 billion per year in the United States. 

●     Slip and fall accidents are the leading cause of workplace injuries and account for over 40% of all accidents as reported by the National Safety Council.

●     The average cost of a slip and fall injury claim is over $20,000 according to the National Floor Safety Institute.

●     The implementation of anti-slip measures like anti-slip tapes can reduce the risk of accidents by up to 90% as reported by the National Floor Safety Institute.

●     By implementing anti-slip measures, businesses can reduce the number of lost workdays due to injury by up to 25%, states the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

 

By investing in anti-slip tapes, businesses can help protect themselves from these costs while creating a safer, more productive, and more positive workplace.

Shop High Quality Anti-Slip Products
Investing in anti-slip tapes for your business can provide significant long-term cost savings by preventing slip and fall accidents, reducing the risk of liability claims, and improving overall safety and productivity. 

 

Don't wait until a slip and fall accident happens to take action. Visit Jessup Manafacturing’s website today to view and shop everything from clear anti-slip tape to branded options and ensure a safer and more secure workplace for your employees and customers.

 

 

2023-11-03 06:14:35

Testing and Certifications for Exit Signs

Ensuring Compliance with Safety Standards 

Exit signs are an essential aspect of any building's safety infrastructure, providing a clear indication of egress routes in case of an emergency. However, not all exit signs are created equal, and selecting the right one for your building is crucial. It's equally important to ensure that your exit signs comply with safety standards and certifications. 

 

In this article, we'll explore the importance of testing and certifications for exit signs and discuss the procedures involved. We'll also take a closer look at green exit signs, a relatively new addition to the exit sign market in the United States.

Safety Standards and Certifications for Exit Signs
Numerous safety standards and certifications exist for exit signs, and it's essential to be familiar with them to ensure compliance. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 101, the Life Safety Code, and the International Building Code (IBC) set the safety standards for exit signs. The Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is the primary certification agency for exit signs in North America. In Canada, the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) provides certification.

 

The certification process for exit signs involves rigorous testing of the products to ensure they meet safety standards. The testing typically includes functional testing, photometric testing, and environmental testing. Functional testing verifies that the exit sign operates as expected in case of an emergency. Photometric testing measures the sign's luminance levels and visibility in different lighting conditions. Environmental testing evaluates the sign's durability and performance under various conditions, such as extreme temperatures and humidity.

 

Common certifications for exit signs include UL Listed, ETL Listed, and CSA Certified. UL Listed exit signs are certified by UL and meet UL 924, which is the standard for emergency lighting and power equipment. ETL Listed exit signs are certified by Intertek, a testing and certification organization, and meet UL 924. CSA Certified exit signs are certified by CSA and meet the CSA C22.2 No. 141, which is the Canadian standard for emergency lighting and power equipment.

Testing Procedures for Exit Signs
Regular testing of exit signs is crucial to ensure they comply with safety standards and remain effective in case of an emergency. The NFPA Life Safety Code and the IBC require that exit signs be tested at least once a month to verify that they are working correctly. The testing process typically involves checking the sign's illumination and verifying that the battery backup system is functioning correctly.

 

Periodic photometric testing is also recommended to ensure that exit signs are visible in different lighting conditions. This testing measures the sign's luminance levels and checks that it meets the requirements of the relevant safety standards. Photometric testing should be carried out by a qualified professional who uses specialized equipment to measure the light output of the sign.

 

Testing tools and equipment for exit signs may include photometers, which measure the luminance levels of the sign, and load testers, which simulate a power failure to verify that the battery backup system is working correctly. Other tools include multimeters, which measure the electrical current and voltage, and thermal imaging cameras, which detect any temperature changes that could indicate a problem with the sign's electrical components.

Green Exit Signs
Green exit signs are a relatively new addition to the exit sign market. Unlike traditional red exit signs, green exit signs use photoluminescent technology to emit light. The signs absorb light energy during the day and emit it at night, making them visible in low-light conditions. Green exit signs are also energy-efficient, as they don't require electricity to operate.

 

Green exit signs have some advantages over traditional red exit signs. They are visible in low-light conditions, making them suitable for areas where the lighting is limited. They are also energy-efficient, as they don't require electricity to operate, making them ideal for buildings looking to reduce their energy consumption.

 

However, there are also some drawbacks to green exit signs. For example, they may not be as visible as traditional red exit signs in well-lit areas. Green exit signs are also relatively new, and some safety standards and certifications may not yet apply to them.

 

Safety standards and certifications for green exit signs are similar to those for traditional red exit signs. The UL 924, CSA C22.2 No. 141, and NFPA 101 standards apply to both types of exit signs. Photoluminescent exit signs must also comply with the ASTM E2072, which is the standard for photoluminescent safety markings. Green exit signs must meet specific requirements to ensure they are visible and meet safety standards.

Selecting the Right Exit Sign For Your Building
Exit signs are a critical component of any building's safety infrastructure, providing a clear indication of egress routes in case of an emergency. It's essential to select the right exit sign for your building and ensure that it complies with safety standards and certifications. If you have questions about exit signs, including green exit signs, contact the experts at Jessup Manufacturing.

2023-11-02 06:06:00

Slippery When Wet? Not Anymore: Discover the Best Anti-Slip Bath Mats for Your Home!

Choosing the Right Material: A Guide to the Best Anti-Slip Bath Mat Options

As homeowners, we want to ensure that our homes are not only aesthetically pleasing but also safe for our loved ones. This is particularly important in the bathroom, where slip and fall accidents are common, especially in wet and slippery conditions. 

 

Fortunately, there are various types of anti-slip bath mats available on the market to help reduce the risk of these accidents. In this article, we'll discuss what to look for in the best anti-slip bath mat, different types of bath mats on the market, and why you might want an anti-slip bath mat.

What to Look for in the Best Anti-Slip Bath Mat
When it comes to choosing the best anti-slip bath mat, there are a few important factors to consider to ensure you get the best one for your needs. 

Material
Materials for mats can include rubber, PVC, and microfiber. Rubber mats tend to be the most effective in preventing slips, as they offer excellent grip and traction. PVC mats are also a good choice, as they are durable and easy to clean. Microfiber mats are soft and comfortable underfoot, but may not be as effective at preventing slips.

Size and Shape
It's important to choose a bath mat that fits the dimensions of your bathtub or shower. A mat that is too small can leave areas of the tub or shower floor unprotected, while a mat that is too large may be difficult to maneuver around. The shape of the mat is also important - rectangular mats are a good choice for standard bathtubs, while square or circular mats may work better in a shower stall.

Suction Cups
Many anti-slip bath mats feature suction cups on the bottom to keep them in place, but those can quickly harbor moisture and create mold and mildew issues. Look for a bath mat that is antimicrobial and provides an easy peel and stick application, making it less likely to shift or slide around.

Design and Color
While safety is the top priority when it comes to choosing an anti-slip bath mat, design and color can also play a role in your decision. Look for a mat that complements the decor of your bathroom and fits your personal style. Some mats even come with fun patterns or designs that can add a pop of color and personality to your space.

Different Types of Anti-Slip Bath Mats
There are various types of anti-slip bath mats available on the market, including:

Rubber Bath Mats: Rubber mats are one of the most common types of bath mats available. They provide excellent grip and are easy to clean and maintain.
Silicone Bath Mats: Silicone mats are another popular choice for their durability and slip-resistant properties. They are also easy to clean and can be rolled up for storage.
Textured Bath Mats: Textured mats have a rough surface that provides excellent traction, even when wet. They are available in a variety of materials, including rubber, PVC, and fabric.
Inflatable Bath Mats: Inflatable mats are designed to be filled with water, which creates a cushioned surface that conforms to the shape of your bathtub. They are ideal for people with limited mobility or those who prefer a softer surface.
 

When it comes to choosing the best anti-slip bath mat you want to look for something that will seamlessly integrate to your bathtub. Ideally, the product should be antimicrobial and meets ADA and OSHA standards to ensure the utmost in safety. 

Protect Your Loved Ones
Toddlers and senior citizens are especially vulnerable to slip and fall accidents in the bathroom due to their mobility limitations. Toddlers are still developing their motor skills and balance, while senior citizens may have decreased mobility or balance issues due to aging or medical conditions.

 

For toddlers, slip and fall accidents can be particularly dangerous as their bodies are still growing and developing. According to the CDC, falls are the leading cause of non-fatal injuries for children ages 0-19, with more than 8,000 children being treated in emergency departments every day for fall-related injuries. An anti-slip bath mat can help prevent slips and falls for toddlers, providing a safe and secure surface for them to stand on while getting in and out of the bathtub.

 

Slip and fall accidents can be especially concerning for senior citizens or those with increased mobility issues as they may result in more serious injuries due to their age and physical condition. The CDC reports that falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths among adults age 65 and older. In addition to the physical injuries, slip and fall accidents can also lead to decreased confidence and independence, as seniors may become more hesitant to perform daily tasks such as bathing. An anti-slip bath mat can help alleviate some of these concerns by providing a stable and secure surface for seniors to stand on while using the bathtub.

Find The Best Anti-Slip Bath Mat For Your Home
Investing in an anti-slip bath mat is a simple yet effective way to prevent slip and fall accidents in the bathroom, particularly for elderly people and those with mobility issues. Jessup Manufacturing offers a wide selection of slip-resistant yet non-abrasive options in a variety of sizes and colors. Shop the entire selection today at JessupMFG.com.

2023-10-31 05:48:33

How Anti-Slip Tapes Help Reduce Workers' Compensation Claims

Save Money and Improve Safety in Your Building

Workplace safety is essential for both employees and employers. Slip and fall accidents can be a significant hazard in the workplace, and they can lead to serious injuries that can result in workers' compensation claims. 

 

Slip and fall accidents account for 25% of all reported injuries in the workplace, according to the National Safety Council. In addition, the cost of slip and fall accidents in the workplace is estimated to be around $70 billion annually. One solution to this problem is investing in anti-slip tapes, which can significantly reduce the number of slip and fall accidents in the workplace.

How Anti-Slip Tapes Help Prevent Slip and Fall Accidents
Anti-slip tapes are designed to provide traction and prevent slips on a variety of surfaces, including stairs. They can be made of different materials, including vinyl, rubber, and silicone carbide. The tapes come in different colors and sizes, and they can be customized to fit the specific needs of a business. Anti-slip tapes can be applied to stair treads, walkways, ramps, and other high-risk areas.

 

Anti-slip tapes are an effective solution to reducing slip and fall accidents in the workplace. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), slip-resistant materials can reduce slips and falls by 70%. Anti-slip tapes are also durable and easy to clean, making them a low-maintenance option for businesses.

Anti-Slip Stair Treads: A Solution for Safer Stairs
Stairs are a common location for slip and fall accidents in the workplace. They can be especially hazardous when they are wet or covered in ice or snow. Stair accidents can result in serious injuries, such as broken bones, head trauma, and spinal cord injuries. These injuries can be costly to treat, and they can result in missed workdays and workers' compensation claims. 

 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, falls on the same level and falls to a lower level were the leading causes of workplace fatalities in 2019.

 

Use this checklist to assess your building stairs:

Inadequate Lighting: Poorly lit staircases can make it difficult for workers to see where they are going, increasing the risk of accidents.
Slippery Surfaces: Staircases that are made of materials like tile or hardwood can become slippery when wet, increasing the risk of slips and falls.
Uneven Surfaces: Uneven or damaged stairs can cause workers to trip and fall.
Lack of Handrails: Handrails provide stability and support to workers as they navigate stairs. Without handrails, workers are more likely to fall.
Carrying Objects: If workers often carry objects up or down stairs they likely have their vision obstructed or may be off-balance, increasing the risk of accidents.
Distractions: If the stairs are a common area where workers are distracted by their phones, conversations, or other distractions you will need to put up signage alerting them to the stairs.
 

It's essential for businesses to identify potential hazards and take steps to mitigate them. In the case of stairs, one solution is to install anti-slip stair treads. These treads provide an extra layer of protection against slips and falls, even on stairs with slippery or uneven surfaces.

Preventing Slip and Fall Accidents in the Warehouse and Back Office
Anti-slip tapes can be particularly beneficial in warehouses and back offices, where heavy machinery, spills, and other hazards can create a dangerous work environment. Here are some ways that anti-slip tapes can help prevent accidents in these settings:

Increased traction on loading docks
Loading docks can be slick from rain, ice, or spills, making them a prime location for slip and fall accidents. Anti-slip tapes can be applied to loading dock surfaces to create a more secure and slip-resistant surface, reducing the risk of accidents.

Improved safety around machinery
In a busy warehouse, heavy machinery can create hazards for workers on foot. Anti-slip tapes can be used to create clear walkways and warning zones around machinery, providing extra traction and reducing the risk of accidents.

Enhanced safety on ramps and inclines
Ramps and inclines can be challenging to navigate safely, especially in wet or greasy conditions. Anti-slip tapes can be applied to these surfaces to provide extra traction and reduce the risk of accidents.

Increased safety in back offices
While slip and fall accidents may be more common in high-traffic areas like warehouses, they can also occur in back offices where spills, leaks, and other hazards may be present. Anti-slip tapes can be applied to office floors and stairs to create a safer work environment.

The Cost Savings of Investing in Anti-Slip Tapes and Stair Treads
Investing in anti-slip products can result in significant cost savings for businesses. Slip and fall accidents can result in workers' compensation claims, which can be expensive to settle. Additionally, these accidents can result in missed work days, decreased productivity, and increased insurance premiums.

 

Using adhesives that provide traction can help prevent slip and fall accidents, reducing the likelihood of workers' compensation claims and other costs associated with workplace injuries. In fact, the National Safety Council estimates that the cost of slip and fall accidents can be reduced by up to 90% by using anti-slip measures.

 

Workplace safety should be a top priority for all businesses. Slip and fall accidents can have serious consequences for both employees and employers. Investing in anti-slip measures like tapes and stair treads can significantly reduce the risk of slip and fall accidents, resulting in cost savings for businesses. Shop high quality anti slip products now at Jessup Manufacturing, the global leader in adhesive products. 

 

2023-10-30 05:45:32

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