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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.      

A Pathway to Safety: How Egress Safety Signs Save Lives

We all understand the basic concepts behind emergency evacuations – an emergency occurs, and people need to exit the building as quickly and safely as possible. But beyond the instinct for rushing toward the exits signs, and the need to provide those exits, what do we need to know about how a building’s occupants are kept safe in a crisis? It starts with the word “egress”. Because many are not familiar with the term, it will be helpful to define it here: simply put, the word “egress” refers to an unbroken, unobstructed pathway from a building or structure that leads to an open place. More than just the exit itself, an egress path is made up of three important parts: the exit access, the exit, and, finally, the exit discharge. To have a proper egress path, there must first be in place a proper egress plan, which includes mapping a facility’s emergency evacuation routes. It’s critical, when an emergency occurs, that this “map to safety” is quickly understood and easily navigated—and that’s where the proper signage and lighting come in.

The right signs and reliable emergency lighting can spell the difference between a situation that is quickly and safely resolved, and one that ends in what could have been a preventable tragedy. When visibility is compromised by smoke or a power outage and every second counts for getting all of a building’s occupants to safety, there can’t be any waiting for the lights to come back on. That’s why immediately visible emergency lighting is mandatory for egress—both for the emergency exits themselves, and for the paths the lead to these emergency exits. Emergency exit signs with arrows that immediately light up when visibility is otherwise lost prevent panic in these situations. Following exit signs with directional arrows, the building’s occupants can remain calm knowing they’re on their way to a safe exit. A glow-in-the-dark exit arrow is extremely reassuring when everything else is in confusion.

The National Fire Protection Association Life Safety Code 101 states that clearly readable exit signs (with lettering that is minimum of 4” in height) are required to mark all exits and all admittances to exits. If you choose photoluminescent signs, it’s good to know that OSHA, the IBC, and NFPA 101 do allow such signage, provided that the photoluminescent signs you use are suitably listed. Sometimes the measures that save lives are actually extremely simple, like a glowing exit sign with an arrow that leads you out of harm’s way when you might otherwise be too frightened to find your way out. And what really matters is having those measures in place well before they’re needed. With a solid plan already implemented, and a well-lit egress path ready to go if and when it’s needed, everyone can enjoy a lot more day-to-day peace of mind.

12 day ago

How the Right Social Distance Signage Can Reduce Confusion During the Pandemic

The truth is, most people want to do their best. We want to stay healthy and to help keep others healthy, too. Businesses want to reopen, but they also want to protect the public. That said, we are in a time of great uncertainty, and as businesses reopen in many areas, we may not know exactly how we’re expected to exist in public spaces. Add to that the fact that guidelines will vary for various types of businesses - from gyms, to salons, to restaurants, to name just a few examples - and it’s understandable that people will want and need reminders of how to behave while interacting with their community. The unprecedented situation in which we have found ourselves has highlighted the importance of certain essentials (notably, toilet paper) and has, due largely to the new social distancing guidelines, created new safety priorities. Navigating retail during COVID-19 can easily create a lot of anxiety and uncertainty – not just to due concerns over the spread of infection, but how to behave in a way that is responsible.

So, while it’s true that most people want to do the right thing, something as simple and necessary as going to the grocery store during COVID-19 while properly social distancing is an entirely new concept, both to shoppers and to retailers trying to ensure their stores are safe place to shop. This is where simple measures such a vinyl floor decals and vinyl wall graphics have become so vital and helpful to everyone trying to do their best in this current crisis. Most people, given the chance to understand exactly what’s expected of them, are perfectly happy to follow safety guidelines. It’s one thing to explain to customers that they should maintain a distance of six feet apart while waiting in line, which can be hard to estimate, but actually employing floor graphics made of vinyl showing the six foot distance really helps eliminate the confusion and provide helpful guidance.

Office wall graphics can also be helpful, reminding employees of the habits they can cultivate to ensure viruses will not be easily spread. 3D floor graphics are an attention-grabbing form of floor graphics, ensuring social distancing reminders and guidelines are highly visible to the public. These are highly useful as businesses start to reopen and foot traffic increases in public spaces. Quality commercial wall graphics will be needed in virtually every business and public space that reopens as well. Businesses will want to choose wall graphics that are easily read, as well as easily and securely adhered, ensuring all guidelines remain in the forefront of public visibility for their particular business. It’s easy to lean on lifelong habits and easy to forget exactly what we should be doing and where we should be doing it in these uncertain times. This is why visual reminders are so very helpful in times of crisis.

13 day ago

Why UL 924 Exit Signs are Critical in an Emergency

What is a UL 924 exit sign? Set apart from signs of lesser quality, a UL 924 sign is a sign that meets the essential safety standards set by Underwriters Laboratories for emergency lighting and power equipment safety. The standard for safe equipment of many types, Underwriters Laboratories (UL) performs testing on emergency lights and exits signs – including all-important emergency exit signs, which are essential in a crisis situation or in the event of an emergency evacuation. Dedicated to ensuring life-saving measures work when they’re most needed, UL delivers their certifications only to equipment that meets their criteria for visibility, functionality, and reliability. This is why, if you’re in need of an important sign such as an emergency exit only sign, you’ll want to ensure that your chosen sign is described as “UL Listed”. It may also be noted that the exit only sign you’re considering meets UL-924 standards. This isn’t simply a throwaway “extra feature” – it’s vital.  True UL emergency lights are up to (or even go beyond) Underwriter's Laboratories’ strict safety criteria. And UL’s standards are to be counted upon, as Underwriters Laboratories is considered North America’s most reliable not-for-profit testing and compliance agency.

What kind of equipment is subject to UL 924 testing? The UL 924 label encompasses items that function using fewer than 600 volts. Exit signage is contained in this category, as well as equipment designed to provide emergency illumination and power if AC power fails. With fire safety in mind, UL performs flammability testing, certifying that parts do not melt, and making sure they won’t provide added fuel in the event of a fire, thus increasing safety risks instead of alleviating them. What kinds of qualities do UL 924 exit signs possess that make them so important in an emergency? Having gone through thorough testing, a certified UL 924 sign boasts a visibility rating of 100 feet minimum. This means that a UL 924-listed exit sign remains readable, even from 100 or more feet away, and even in completely dark conditions. If the sign is electrical, the inner battery backup system, designed to provide the power needed to light the sign if power is lost, also undergoes careful testing by UL. To qualify as meeting standards, these batteries are required to deliver a minimum of 1.5 hours of operating time in a power crisis.

Keep in mind, while UL 924 exit signs are the best you can buy, it remains the owner’s responsibility to safeguard their own equipment, making sure all emergency gear gets appropriate maintenance and regular inspection. So be sure you understand what it takes to keep your UL 924 equipment working correctly. Moreover, if you’re looking to make the switch to a green exit sign, it’s good to know that glow-in-the-dark (also called photoluminescent) exit signs that are UL-924 listed are suitable for usage as an alternative to UL-listed an electrical emergency exit sign.

18 day ago

Locker Room and Poolside Safety: The Best Long-term Solutions for Gyms, Hotels, and Apartments

If you own and operate a gym, rent apartments, or manage a hotel, you understand how important it is to keep your patrons safe. After all, these are places where customers and guests expect to relax, enjoy, and unwind in a safe, clean, comfortable environment. For example, in the course of common activities such as bathing or spending time poolside, your guests will encounter many slipping hazards. They count on the foresight of those managing the facilities to help prevent them from getting injured from an unexpected fall. So, as a business owner prioritizing your customers’ health, comfort, and safety, what can you do - aside from the appropriate signage warning of slippery surfaces? What other solutions can you put in place to ensure you’re providing the best, safest experience for those using your facilities? The answer is simple and effective: you need to create a safe amount of friction on slippery surfaces by using an anti-slip bath mat, pool mat, and gym mat where needed.

You can greatly reduce the chance of falling accidents on slippery surfaces or areas that tend to get wet with a non-slip bath mat or a non-skid shower mat featuring fine-grade, non-slip vinyl tread. But, before you buy, remember to do your research before purchasing safety solutions for your facility. Like all products, not all anti-slip mats are made of equally good quality. It always pays off in the long term to invest in the best anti-slip shower mat and best non-slip bath mat you can afford, especially because this is where it comes down to safety. You need a dependable anti-slip shower mat designed to prevent slips and falls, and non-slip shower mats that will hold up over time, stay in place, and perform well for the long term. Beyond its reliability, the great thing about a quality non-skid bath mat made with fine-grade, non-slip vinyl tread is that it is non-abrasive, and therefore comfortable on guests’ bare feet. Comfort underfoot is especially important for anti-slip bath mats and anti-slip pool mats.

With peel-and-stick application and simple, peel-away removal, anti-slip bath mats are easy to install and simple to replace. Perfect for applications near pools, saunas, showers, tubs, and exercise equipment, choose from a variety of dimensions of anti-slip mat to suit your needs, and select from a clear mat or a variety of common colors to match your surfaces. For the well-being of your patrons, be sure the anti-slip mats you choose for your hotel, gym, spa, or apartment building are made with antimicrobial materials so mats stay cleaner in a damp environment. You should also confirm that your chosen anti-slip bath mats meet Prop 65, ADA, and OSHA standards. Knowing you’re preventing common types of accidents before they happen will give you extra peace of mind, and - over time - help gain customer loyalty and trust.

1 month ago

How Photoluminescent Exit Sign Technology Can Help Keep Retail Customers Safer in Emergency Evacuations

The need for an emergency evacuation can happen in the blink of an eye. Therefore, it can’t be overstated just how vital it is to have trustworthy indoor safety signage in place to indicate your emergency egress path. In your retail space, it’s your responsibility to put your customers first, and this includes making sure you have the proper measures ready to help keep your store’s occupants safe in case of emergency. In the event of a blackout or a fire that causes a smoke-filled atmosphere, it can be very difficult for the building’s occupants to see their way to the nearest emergency exit sign. This is why you need a dependable safety signage solution.

Helping customers understand exactly what they need to do when the lights go out, and making sure they understand the best way leave the building quickly is so important, because, when confusion happens in an emergency, panic can quickly set in. Keeping people calm truly can prevent many accidents and tragedies. Thankfully, a photoluminescent, wall-mounted green exit sign will ensure visibility in dark or hazy conditions, helping get customers to the safety exit as quickly as possible. And the best part is, no electricity is required for glow-in-the-dark exit signs. The ideal solution for instant, dependable visibility, this type of exit sign works by absorbing ambient light—and with the power of this stored light, you have an immediately illuminated exit only sign when it’s most important.

There are a variety of egress signs you can select from for clearly illuminating your retail store’s emergency egress pathway. You can choose a running man exit sign with an arrow to guide people to the exit doors, helping occupants to easily follow the proper pathway for safe egress. Immediately visible when the lights go out without the needed for any kind of electricity, you can rely on a photoluminescent exit sign. Powered by the absorption of fluorescent, metal halide, or mercury vapor light, photoluminescent material is the fundamentally safe, energy-free, recyclable, and overall ecologically-friendly choice for dependable visibility – whether that’s due to power failure, or low-lit, dark, or smoky situations.

Remember that a good quality photoluminescent emergency exit only sign will continue to deliver the strong, brilliantly-glowing visibility so important for lighting your egress pathways for decades to come. When putting in place your egress path marking system, be safety-minded first, making sure the signs you choose are IBC/IFC compliant. In addition to the appropriate exit sign or signs, it’s also important for eliminating confusion to mark areas that aren’t exits. For these areas, you can choose a photoluminescent “Not an Exit” sign to keep people from flocking to doors that do not lead to a safe exit.

1 month ago

Safety for Gym Owners: Simple Measures for Keeping Patrons Safe

The entire idea behind going to a gym is to increase one’s wellbeing. Some patrons go strictly for health and fitness, some to enjoy the social aspects of a fun fitness class, and some just want to lose a few pounds and gain some confidence. Regardless of the specific reasons, people expect to leave the gym feeling better than when they walked in, and they keep returning as those benefits show themselves over time. The last thing anyone wants is to be taken out of commission by an unexpected slip, trip, or fall - or to end up in the emergency room from a gym equipment-related injury that could have been prevented by simply using anti slip-treads and non-slip tape throughout your facility.

Those who manage or own gyms and health clubs must consider it a special concern to keep clientele safe, healthy, and protected from injury as they work out, shower, or navigate the gym floor or fitness studio. After all, when someone chooses to swim, train, or lift weights in the facilities you run, the environment you’ve created for them is your responsibility – and it must be made as safe as you can make it. Some accidents or injuries are out of your control, such as when someone chooses to misuse equipment or lift more than they can physically handle; nonetheless, considering potential safety risks and focusing on what you can control (such as applying clear anti-slip tape on your machines) can go a long way toward creating an amazing, lower-risk experience for your clients.

Firstly, it’s a good idea to simply look around you with fresh eyes, and pay careful attention. We can get so caught up in the day-to-day busyness of running a business that we can miss the obvious. So simply slow down, do a thorough lookover of your own space, carefully examine each piece of gear, equipment, and every machine, pinpointing potential areas of concern. When you do this, it’s important to include showers, changing rooms, saunas, tanning beds, childcare areas, and employees-only spaces as well. You’ll probably find that a lot of potential problems are easy to fix with measures like anti-slip tape, non-skid stair treads, proper signage, and clearly-displayed guidelines and instructions. When shopping for non-slip grip tape for your equipment or other areas, remember that a variety of sizes and types are available, whether you’re looking for 3m anti slip tape or other dimensions to meet your needs.

Talk to your trainers, instructors, and staff about any changes you implement so they can reinforce your efforts. Does your gym have stairs that don’t yet have an application of anti-slip grip tape? They can become slippery as sweaty patrons traverse them. Be sure slipping hazards are minimized with grip tape for stairs, non-slip stair treads, and clearly-marked steps. (The stair tread grip tape and anti-slip stair treads you choose should be made to meet rigorous safety requirements.) Moreover, beyond implementing safety measures and regularly inspecting equipment, remember the vital importance of excellent hygiene standards. A distinct challenge in gyms, where people come into close contact with many surfaces and where dampness from showers, pools, saunas, and sweat abounds, keeping things clean and sanitary takes continual determination. Be sure you’re training your employees to take special care to keep your gym clean and sanitary.

1 month ago

Why it’s Vital to Ensure Your Egress Path Markings Meet Current International Building and Fire Codes

There is a common human reaction when a fire emergency occurs: in their natural fear response, people become fueled by adrenaline as they hurry to find the quickest possible way to escape from the impending danger. This results all too often in a mad, fearful rush to find the closest emergency exit sign. This becomes a major safety concern when the quickest, safest way out isn’t properly indicated. If exit routes and emergency exit only sign aren’t made to be obvious and easily visible when large numbers of occupants need to exit a building in a quick and orderly fashion, widespread confusion is the natural consequence. And when people are caught in a confused crowd and become uncertain of the path out of danger, panic may result. It’s vital to prevent panicking in an emergency, because panicking can quickly make an already unsafe situation far more dangerous than it needs to be. This is why it’s essential in a building's fire safety plan is that there is a photoluminescent egress path marking system, as well as glow-in-the-dark exit signs. When these vital measures are in place, injuries - and even worse tragedies - are preventable.

Made to illuminate stairs, raised areas, and guardrails, as well as potential impediments in hazy, low-visibility environments, photoluminescent markings undoubtedly help save lives. Not necessitating the aid of electricity, a photoluminescent exit only sign and egress path marking system isn’t dependent upon an emergency backup system for it to light up when it’s needed. Free of the need to be specially maintained, this kind of luminescence is made through the ability to absorb and store visible light, allowing photoluminescent markings leading to exits signs to glow in the dark. This is so important because it can quickly become very difficult, if not impossible, to see clearly in a burning building. A photoluminescent egress path marking system and proper exit signs are so essential not just because of fire, but because of smoke. Smoke proliferates rapidly in the event of a fire, which quickly results in confusion and greatly decreased visibility for the people trapped inside. A photoluminescent egress path and exit signs within a building create constant visual pathways for safe evacuation – and they glow not just hours, but even up to two days.

Particularly essential in dim, smoke-filled passages and areas with stairs (the places with the greatest risk of accidents), easily visible exit sign markings and egress path marking systems in the midst of heavy smoke can help frightened occupants stay calm as they make their way to evacuate safely through the proper exits. Using an unbroken stripe along each horizontal edge on every step of a staircase, for example, the use of photoluminescent egress path markings not only greatly decreases the potential for slipping, falling, and other accidents on dark stairs, the aid of photoluminescence also reduces the inherent stress and emotional trauma associated with the event of a fire emergency as occupants are desperately trying to locate the nearest green exit sign. A key component for the fire safety plan of any structure, photoluminescent egress path marking systems and exit signs make it possible for occupants to follow the safest route out of danger, even in low visibility situations.

2 months ago

Six Simple Things You Need Do Right Now to Make Your Office a Safer Place

It stands to reason that most accidents occur where we spend most of our time. So, given the amount of hours many people spend in an office environment doing their daily jobs, it’s imperative that all proper safety precautions are observed to keep them safe. Here are six simple yet essential ways you can keep your employees safer and happier at work.

  1. Provide better lighting – affecting everything from productivity and concentration to general safety, the right lighting makes a bigger difference than you might think. Even when employees don’t consciously notice the difference, eye strain will set in and more accidents and mistakes will occur. There are simple ways to improve the lighting in the workplace that will make a big difference, such as letting in as much natural light as possible, replacing bulbs as needed, using energy-efficient lighting solutions, and rearranging the space to allow better access to areas near windows and other well-lit areas.

 

  1. Install glow-in-the-dark exit signs—even for those very familiar with their daily environment, an emergency situation can generate disorientation and panic. Aside from the stress created by an emergency evacuation, darkness from a blackout or a smoke-filled environment can make it impossible to locate that once-familiar green exit sign. This why an emergency exit sign using photoluminescent technology for your office’s emergency egress route is an absolute must. Able to function from the power of absorbed light, an emergency exit only sign made of photoluminescent material glows immediately when the lights go out or visibility is compromised. Use the right exit only sign to get your employees to the correct exit and out of the building quickly.

 

  1. Organize electrical cords—messy cords can cause visual and mental stress, not to mention create dangerous tripping hazards. Invest in quality floor cord covers with a low profile for a smooth walking surface that won’t be an accident waiting to happen. Easy to install, this product will protect the many cords associated with office items while reducing the risk of tripping.

 

  1. Use proper storage – messes create an environment where accidents are more likely. Everything from drawers that don’t close properly, to loose papers, to items placed unexpectedly in walkways are accidents in the making. Invest in sturdy storage solutions and organize your workspace. You’ll notice a difference in safety, stress levels, and work efficiency.

 

  1. Make hand sanitizer accessible—unfortunately, not everyone stays home when they are contagious, and offices are one of the places where germs can spread most rapidly. One of the ways common viruses are spread is when hands make contact with a contaminated surface, then a person touches their face. Thus, keeping hands clean is an excellent preventative. Employees are far more likely to make use of germ-killing measures if hand sanitizer is abundant and easily accessible around the office. This simple effort will cut back on sick time and lost productivity.

 

  1. Apply non-slip mats—slippery surfaces are a common source of accidents, especially in office bathrooms, kitchens, and stairwells. A simple, easy way to prevent falls on slippery surfaces is to adhere non-slip mats wherever the surface does not provide adequate friction.
2 months ago

What to Know about Skateboarding at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics?

We know a thing or two about skateboarding at Jessup Manufacturing. Specifically how to help boarders prevent a nasty slip and fall with the use of Jessup’s Griptape. We also know skateboarding is an extreme action sport that often gets misclassified as street sport geared towards rebellious, baggy-pants wearing young boys. However, the more you understand this sport, the more you will realize just how much hard work and structure goes into the art of skateboarding. You’ll also begin to realize it is much more mainstream then you know- hence the USA Skateboarding joining the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) as of June 2018 and now being responsible for the selection, training, and fielding of U.S. national teams that compete in the Olympic Games and other sanctioned team events. With the new addition of skateboarding to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games, no one is certain how the games will play out, but we are looking forward to watching the screen to find out. From how the athletes were picked to be on the USA team, to what to expect and how they are judged— we are giving you insight on the top things to know about skateboarding going into Tokyo Olympics 2020.

How was the USA Olympic Skateboarding Team picked (and who are they)?

Back in March, 16 men and women were announced to join the first-ever skateboarding national team. USA Skateboarding— the U.S. governing body for skateboarding— partnered with Toyota and Nike to create this team. The 16 skaters named made the national team based on performance in international level events throughout the previous year.

These 16 skateboarders will then be able to qualify for the Olympics based on their three best results in World Skate sanctioned events throughout the 2019 qualifying season in combination with their six best results during the 2020 qualifying season (September 16, 2019 – May 31, 2020). The 2020 World Championships will also be a direct qualifier for the games for the top 3 podium spots at each event. 

The team consists of 8 male and 8 female competitors, and they will all be split evenly between the park and street events during qualifying for Tokyo 2020. However, they still need to qualify through their Street League or Park Series rankings so there are still no guarantees any of these skaters will compete at the Olympics. On top of that, only a maximum of 12 American athletes can qualify for the Olympics so expect the list below to be adjusted slightly come June 2020.

The Qualifying 16 Skateboarders Include:                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Men's Street: Chris Joslin, Louie Lopez, Nyjah Huston & Jagger Eaton                                                                                                                                                                                 

Men's Park: Zion Wright, Alex Sorgente, Tom Schaar & Tristan Rennie                                                                                                                                                                               

Women's Street: Lacey Baker, Alexis Sablone, Jenn Soto & Mariah Duran                                                                                                                                                                         

Women's Park: Jordyn Barratt, Nicole Hause, Bryce Wettstein & Brighton Zeuner

 

What should you expect in the 2020 Olympic skateboarding competition?                                                                                                                       

Skateboarding has numerous disciplines within it, but the 2020 Olympic Games have chosen to focus on two of them—street and park skateboarding.

  • Street skateboarding is held on a course that is similar to (no surprise) a street. Curbs, benches, stairs with handrails and varying slope heights will take over the space for skateboarding to compete in. The street skateboarders love to get air in order to flip in their sets, so expect to see a lot of “ollies” (a trick where the rider and board leap into the air without the use of the rider's hands) and skateboard deck flips (when done well and with a quality skateboard deck grip tape, these flips make it seem like the boarder’s feet are attached to the deck of the board). Street skaters will show off deck slides and trunk grinds (the trunk is the parts connecting the wheels and bearings to the deck of the skateboard) right on the street courses curbs and handrails.
  • Park skateboarding: For the Tokyo 2020 Olympics that will be using a hollowed-out course featuring a series of complicated curves – some resembling large dishes and dome-shaped bowls for their park competition. Competitors in park skateboarding are looking to get massive height, mid-air suspension, and speed. Viewers can also expect skateboarders to showcase their skills in maneuvering the deck of the skateboard. Skateboard grip tape is also an important piece of the puzzle for these skateboarders because without it their feet can easily shift which can cause a slip and fall accident.

The Olympic skateboarders will compete in Tokyo’s Aomi Urban Sports Venue for both street and park skateboarding. The competition will take place throughout the entire duration of the Olympic Games, from July 24 to August 9, 2020.

How are the skateboarders being judged in the Olympics?

Judges for skateboarding will score the athletes on a number of different factors based around speed, difficulty, originality, timing, stability and the overall flow of the performance. Specifically, the ability to suspend in mid-air is one of the most important skills judges look out for throughout the entire skateboarding competitions.

In street skateboarding, each competitor performs individually and utilizes each section to demonstrate a range of skills, or ‘tricks’. Skilled riders make difficult tricks like ollies, parallels and other dynamic, multi-dimensional flips appear easy, but they all require a high level of technique. Judging takes into account such factors as the degree of difficulty of the tricks, height, speed, originality, execution and the composition of moves, in order to award an overall mark.

The park course contains large “bowls” with steep curves from the center outward, offering the upper part of the incline either vertical or almost vertical. Skateboarders are judged on a variety of items, including their immense heights achieved by climbing the curves and difficulty of their mid-air tricks.

Skateboarders will be able to vary their tricks more in the park when the kicker ramp is used, which allows them to gain height. Difficulty and originality points depends on a variety of factors, including:

  1. If and how they change their stance on the board
  2. Whether the rider is grabbing the deck of their skateboard with a hand when performing mid-air tricks
  3. Which part of the skateboard deck is grabbed?
  4. Which hand is used to grab the deck and the posture of the rider while grabbing the deck?
  5. Mid-air deck and/or body rotations

Another key part in judging both street and park is the rider's stance. The usual stance is called the ‘main stance’, but when a  rider adjusts the position of the front leg during competition, this is known as the ‘switch stance’. Judges will award marks for tricks performed with the main stance, but those performed with the switch stance will get higher marks as the degree of difficulty is increased.

What are potential injuries skateboarders face during a run?

Since its inception back in the 1940’s, skateboarding has taken on the reputation as being a dangerous sport. In fact, it comes in at #8 on the most-injury prone sports list. In 2015, 125,145 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms after being injured skateboarding. More than half of those injured were ages 14 to 24, and about one-third were between the ages of 5 and 14, according to Injury Facts 2017, the annual statistical report on unintentional injuries produced by the National Safety Council. Wrists, knees, and elbows are common areas for riders to get breaks or sprains, especially when proper safety is not followed. And although falling never stops being part of the sport, when proper safety tips and gear is taken on by riders you can prevent a lot of these common injuries. Our top three tips to prevent skateboarding injury are:

 

  1. Always wear safety gear: Even the most experienced riders (i.e.: Olympic skateboarders), will be the first to tell you that having safety gear is of the utmost importance. Get yourself slip resistance closed-toe shoes, a skateboarding helmet, properly fitted knee and wrist pads (at minimum) and skateboarding gloves are also available to help reduce the impact of falls (and you will fall!).
  2. Do a board check before going out: No matter if this is your first or 500th time out on your board, never stop checking it before you go. Make sure the board you purchase is fit for your age and riding type. Boards for freestyle will be designed differently from those of speed skateboarding. Before heading out, make sure all the nuts and bolts are tightened and your skateboard grip tape is still in good working order.
  3. Practice falls and fall smart: As we mentioned, you will fall no matter how experienced you are in skateboarding. It’s just part of the sport (and gravity!). If you have the right safety gear on and a properly made board, you have won half the battle. The other half is to actually practice falling safely. Skateboarders have common fall methods like falling, bailing and slamming. By working on how to fall on your knees you can help soften the blow (because you will have your knee pads on). When you practice rolling out of a fall you will also be able to distribute the force of the fall which can help in preventing additional injuries.

 

It has been great to see skateboarding evolve over the years and finally make its way to the Olympics in 2020. Nothing is ever the same from one skateboarding run to another, so it always makes for entertaining performances.

We can’t wait to watch Team USA compete in the Tokyo Olympics 2020 this upcoming summer!

 

 

 

4 months ago

Tips for Wet Location Exit Signs in Your Building

Wet location exit signs require a specific design and must meet certain requirements from various authorities, including state and local codes, in order to be approved for use. That is because these signs could get wet from condensation from things such as an air conditioning unit, or saturated from rainfall, snow, or other elements. Obviously, these exit signs cannot rely on a power source that is derived from a cable or outlet. This means one of the main requirements for wet location exit signs is to be either battery operated or able to store ambient light as energy for later use. Previously, this could be an extremely expensive investment for building owners to implement, but as exit signs have evolved, so have the options and costs.

Locations Requiring Wet Location Exit Signs

Wet location exit signs and egress systems are required for any indoor or outdoor location that can produce condensation or become wet from weather or other elements (such as spray from hoses). Depending on your state or city, they may be required in places you wouldn’t normally consider, so it is important to review your specific location’s rules and regulations to make sure you comply and don’t get hit with a fine. A wet location is generally defined as an interior or exterior location in which water or other liquids may drip, splash or flow on or against the exit sign.

Here is a list of some of the top locations that require wet location exit signs:   

Open Air Decks or Patios | Uncovered Porches | Outdoor Dining Areas | Exterior Walls | Water Vessels | Shower Enclosures                   

Locations that often get overlooked are indoor locations in which sprinkler systems could hit the exit signage during a fire. Be sure to review your building requirements and sprinkler systems to see if wet location exit signs are required. It could end up being a very costly mistake to have an electrical exit sign in place when sprinkler systems go off or the signs accidentally get sprayed with water!

Complying With Wet Location Exit Sign Requirements

The world of exit safety signage is massive. Consider all the locations you find an exit sign in that could be hit by the elements of wet weather or any other liquid or condensation. From parts of hotels, parking garages, cruise ships, and dining establishments… you get the idea. As the exit sign and safety industry continues to evolve, the regulating authorities including Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), International Building Code and International Fire Code and the way these products are engineered and installed has offered change for the better and new options to the market.

That means that complying with wet location exit sign requirements no longer needs to be a headache or strain on the bottom line. Even in New York City, which upholds some of the strictest guidelines for exit sign and egress systems, you can now find plenty of cost-effective options to choose from to meet wet location exit sign requirements. Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is an independent product safety certification organization that tests exit signs and gives them a rating. Reviewing the UL listing can help you choose the most appropriate exit signs for your needs, from dry to damp or wet locations. Besides ensuring the UL listing is UL 924 listed, some other indications you will also want to make sure the exit sign upholds to meet wet location regulations include:

  • Exit sign provides illumination without electricity or outlets required.                                               
  • Exit sign is listed specifically for wet locations.       
  • Exit sign meets state, local, and other regulating authorities' requirements.                                 
  • Exit sign must be clear of decorations, equipment which may impair visibility to means of an exit.
  • Signs marking exits should have the word "Exit" in legible letters no smaller than six inches high and 8-inch letters apply in some boroughs of New York and the city of Chicago. 

Additional guidance regarding wet location exit sign requirements is provided by reviewing the various regulating authorities' codes. For example, within the 2015 edition of NFPA 101 Life Safety Code section 7.10, it states numerous requirements to be aware of when choosing a wet location exit sign. One of these requirements is that externally illuminated signs require a level of illumination of not less than five foot-candles (54 lux) at the illuminated surface and a contrast ratio of not less than five-tenths (found in NFPA 2015 edition, Life Safety Code, section 7.10.6.3).

Wet Location Exit Sign Technology

Photoluminescent technology, fluorescent and LED light technology are all options for wet locations in need of exit signs or egress systems. Jessup Manufacturing offers an indoor/outdoor photoluminescent exit sign that can be used in wet locations—Glo Brite® PM 100.  This photoluminescent exit sign is designed to be applied to any location, including wet or damp locations or areas exposed to harsh elements and temperature changes. Photoluminescent technology has specifically increased in popularity for exit signage and egress systems throughout the past couple of decades and for very good reason.

Photoluminescent technology has been used for decades across the pond in Europe and started to become more widely used in the United States after the 1993 World Trade Towers truck bombing. In fact, given its impact in the 9/11 tragedy and other unrelated incidents, New York City passed New York Law 26 in 2004, which mandated the use of this technology in all buildings more than 72 feet high. The International Building Code and International Fire Code were also updated in 2005 to require the use of photoluminescent technology in new and existing high-rise buildings. 

Photoluminescent materials for safety and rescue products have now been required since 2011 in the maritime industry via the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea.

Photoluminescent exit signs also provide an immediate return on investment – a fact that competing wet location exit sign and egress products cannot promise.  Photoluminescent exit signs contain phosphor, which consists of rare earth elements that are found in mixed geological deposits throughout the world. Phosphor particles can absorb, store, and then emit light at a later time whenever they are exposed to light. Long-persistence phosphor (LPP) is an emerging subset of this, which can emit light for a much longer period of time, acting like a sponge by absorbing and holding the light energy, slowly releasing it to provide illumination over an extended period of time. These phosphors can be added to ink, dye, paint, coatings, and plastics to create low-maintenance, no-hassle safety solutions- including wet location exit signs and egress systems. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, photoluminescent exit signs are the most energy-efficient exit signs available on the market today.

Another bonus of using photoluminescent technology for your wet location exit sign option is that this type of exit is extremely simple to install, maintain, and obviously requires zero electricity to operate- making them suitable for even the wettest of locations. This means you will not incur the additional labor and electrical costs associated with the installation of other exit signs and you can be worry-free about the safety of your guests. With no bulbs to replace with photoluminescent exit signs, once installed they are easily maintained for 25+ years. This increased reliability protects against potential life safety hazards even beyond being wet that could result due to the lack of maintenance for electric exit signs.

If your business has some outdoor or indoor component that has the potential to become wet, a waterproof wet location emergency exit sign is essential and required by law. Remember to review your specific city and state rules and regulations to make sure you comply fully and meet the proper requirements. To recap, some of our quick tips for wet location emergency exit signs are:

-Any location that can get hit with liquid needs a wet location emergency exit sign… and don’t forget sprinkler systems!

-Choose a wet location emergency exit sign that is UL 924 listed specifically for wet locations.

-Make sure it meets all building code requirements and that it meets or exceeds safety standards set by the International Fire Code and the International Building Code.

Consider photoluminescent emergency exit signs for wet locations (such as the Glo Brite® PM 100) as they are rated by almost every safety and hazard prevention organization as the best method of implementing safety signs available on the market at the present time.

5 months ago
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