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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.      

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!

 

 

 

24 day 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.

1 month ago

Four Ways to Use Graphics Media to Promote Your Business

Graphics media is one of the top ways to promote and advertise for small businesses—and for good reason. This type of advertising can be somewhat unexpected in today’s digital age and grabs the attention of people to make them feel engaged when done properly. With advances in wide-format printers, graphics media can now create some of the most creative and inexpensive advertising you will find for your business. Depending on the product you choose, it can also offer other additional benefits like being slip-resistant, 3D, and even glow in the dark. When using graphics media to promote your business, consider these four types of executions:

1. Use Graphics Media on Your Exterior Space

Many restaurants and retailers are lucky enough to have some type of outdoor space, whether it be a sidewalk space, brick walls, or even a patio. Using graphics media on your exterior space is a great way to make an eye-catching first impression and draw potential customers into your business. We love it when we see businesses use graphics media to:

Create sidewalk displays: Even uneven outdoor spaces can become works of art to advertise your message. By using a product like Asphalt Art®, you can create small to mural-like creations that are NFSI Certified for high traction and ASTM D-2047 certified for slip-resistance. Asphalt Art® conforms to the most uneven asphalt, cement, and brick in front of your place of business.

Use your exterior walls: Plaster your outdoor walls with extra-large signage and easy to read graphics to communicate holiday promotions, products, and events. This is a great way to go beyond an expected window display and attract attention. 

Patio spaces: If you have a restaurant patio space and weather permits, make sure you are promoting current drink specials, foods or events with bar and tabletop signage. Use a graphics media that is a printable vinyl and non-adhesive in order to create a durable printed countertop mat that can be easily moved and reused.

 

2. Advertise in Your Community with Graphics Media

Within your community is a great place to promote your business with branded signage at locations such as business centers, sports facilities, malls, or transportation hubs. By expanding your outreach beyond digital media and your actual storefront, you have the opportunity to reach more people with your brand and promotions. Consider the following ideas for advertising:

3D indoor floor signs: If your business is located within a mall or business center, consider reaching out to the building manager to see if you can advertise within the walkways with 3D indoor floor signs. Jessup’s ClearWalk® consists of a translucent film with a non-slip textured surface. It can be easily applied to a wide variety of indoor surfaces and easily removed without damaging the floor beneath. Because it is translucent, you can also see the floor beneath the graphic and is also ASTM D-2047 certified for slip resistance—a great thing in the winter-time when snow and rain are being tracked into buildings.

Elevators: Depending on your business location, advertising in your building’s elevator with wall or floor signage on how to get to your storefront or current promotions could be a great avenue to consider.

Transportation advertising: With the uptick in people using community transportation, advertising at your local bus, subway and train stations could be just what your brand needed! Create works of art with mural wraps around bus shelters and make your messaging stand out on the floors of the subway station while also offering anti-slip protection. Many transportation stations are also removing billboards in favor of graphics media murals. With graphics media also offering photoluminescent properties, you can also create glow-in-the-dark advertising which is especially helpful for outdoor bus shelters. Reach out to your community transportation offices to see if this is an option for advertising. It offers a sleek, easy to apply and remove option that can be applied to all areas.

Local sports facilities: Community sports centers generally get a lot of traffic, so reaching out to see what graphics media advertising options are available there is a smart idea depending on your brand. From stair advertising where you can put your branding, to large wall murals with catchy sayings and current holiday promotions, or your logo and imagery inside every bathroom door—the ideas are really endless.

 

3. Use Graphics Media Wisely Inside Your Business

Graphics media is an inexpensive option to promote your business compared to using many other forms of signage and displays. With the variety of films available you also have the ability to create 3D, mesh, textured, and even glow-in-the-dark effects in your signage. Here are a few of the top trends when using graphics media inside your business:

 

Cashier Counters or Dining tables: With people sitting in front of dining tables or waiting to be rung up by a cashier, having some sort of advertising in front of them just makes sense. Using a product like Jessup’s Matador, you can create a non-adhesive vinyl product of any shape or size that can sit on bar counters, dining tables or cashier tables to promote the latest events and promotions. One of our favorite things about this type of product is that is can actually be moved and reused time and time again!

Dressing Rooms and Indoor Floors or Walls: Using a product to advertise or even display seasonal artwork inside your business can add a ton of appeal! Consider graphics media inside dressing rooms that contain social media information, QR codes, or current holiday promotions. Indoor floors or walls could be wrapped with seasonal imagery, advertising or the latest products. Using a graphics media such as TexWalk® will offer a one-step solution for indoor floor and wall graphics as well as short-term outdoor graphics on any smooth indoor surfaces such as carpet, tile, wood, metal, and painted surfaces. Restaurants, in particular, enjoy using the indoor floor graphics because of the non-slip benefits and the ability to create outstanding artwork, specifically around their entryway, restrooms, patios and bar areas.

 

4.  Don’t Forget Stairs and Escalators

These spaces demand attention because people are constantly using them. By promoting your brand by way of escalators or stair treads you are sure to grab potential buyer’s attention. Using a product like Texwalk® is a smart choice because it is ASTM D-2047 certified for slip-resistance and ASTM E84 Class A certified for flame spread. It also does not require over-lamination and it can be cut into any shape allowing for immense versatility depending on the length of the stairs. This type of product is ideal for stairs and escalator surfaces and can easily be removed after the holidays pass. 

 

When looking for a partner in creating graphics media for advertising your business, we recommend keeping a few things in mind:

  • Make sure the films you are choosing work well with your printer. Ensure their printability and durability. Ideally, you won’t have to laminate them unless requested.
  • Choose films that are easy to install and remove without damaging surfaces. This will allow you to change artwork and advertising easily and for less cost between seasons.
  • Floor graphics and stair graphics should ideally be utilizing non-slip technology.
  • Don’t be afraid to let your imagination run wild when promoting your business. Consider creating murals that make for a great photo to be shared on social media and engage with the public, this helps to increase your brand share!

 

We hope this has been a helpful list of ways to use graphics media to promote your business.

If you need more ideas or have questions on a project, contact our experts at Jessup Manufacturing to start a conversation.

2 months ago

What is the Best Anti-Slip Tape for My Application?

From commercial to residential, or even water-worthy, having the correct anti-slip adhesives or treads are extremely important in preventing slip and fall accidents and ensuring the safety of everyone. But with so many choices on the market today, choosing the best type of non-slip flooring product for your application can be confusing. You need to consider several different factors when it comes to choosing your anti-slip flooring solution and, in some cases, you still might find with all the choices out there, you need a customized solution. We are reviewing top application locations, various products and discussing what to look for when choosing your anti-slip tape, tread or adhesive to allow you to navigate all the choices and choose the best one for your needs.
What type of anti-slip material is best for you?

There are three main types of materials that are used to make non-slip products. Depending on the type of activity, location and traffic that space sees, it will help decide what type of material is best suited for your application.

 

1.   Grit: The word describes exactly what it does. If you need to have a need for high slip-resistance, such as heavy-duty machinery or a military-grade application, then you will want to look at non-slip product made of grit material. Grit tapes and treads are excellent for commercial applications and can be used indoors and outdoors.  

2.   Resilient Vinyl: With a rubberized feel, this textured PVC tape or tread is an excellent choice when you need something strong enough for work shoes, but comfortable enough for bare feet to walk on it. 

3.   Embossed Vinyl: Most commonly seen in bathtub and shower mats, vinyl non-slip products are embossed PVC and non-abrasive. They are designed for both indoor, wet and dry applications and comfortable for bare feet.

Where is your anti-slip application location?

Ladders or Scaffolds: Ladders and scaffolding are two of the top places people are at risk for a slip and fall accident, so it is important to make sure you have the correct anti-slip tread and tape in place whether it is being used for work or at home. Consider if you need to meet specific OSHA requirements, need a mop-friendly tape, will be using the ladder inside or outside, if it will be hit with mud, oil or other product, or even if you will be using it in the dark. From there, you will be able to narrow down your exact product to best suit your application needs.

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Farm Machinery or Construction Equipment: These types of applications require anti-slip tapes and treads that will stand up to both wet and dry environments, along with meeting OSHA standards to provide a durable, consistent, anti-slip surface. You’ll want to ensure your product’s adhesive system is able to aggressively bond and is extremely durable in order to prevent slip and fall accidents on the floors, stairs or ramps - even when hit with oil, diesel fuel or mud.

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Forklifts, Aerial Lifts and Cold Storage Centers: Similar to other machinery and equipment, you will want something that meets OSHA standards and is designed for heavier traffic and tougher environments.

You might even need to consider a product that can easily conform to irregular surfaces like ladder stairs or deeply textured surfaces and has the ability to be stability in both high and low temperature ranges.

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Recreational Vehicles, Snowmobiles, ATVs, Garden Tractors & Lawn Mowers: With these applications you might be looking for an anti-slip tape that is safe for the active movement taking place, certified “High Traction” by the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) or potentially want to consider having a product that is mop-friendly for easy cleaning.

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Factory Floors, Machine Shops, Auto Service Areas, Garages: Potentially being hit with oil, grease, mud or other liquids, these floors and stairs need to be protected with some of the most heavy-duty anti-slip tapes. You’ll want to look for an anti-slip tape that delivers a consistent and long lasting “high-slip resistance” performance under tough conditions in order to ensure it bonds and is durable when you need it the most. In some cases, you will also need tape with caution messaging (such as: Caution, Slippery When Wet, Do Not Enter, Fire Exit, etc.) to provide additional protection from an accident that also meets OSHA guidelines for caution messaging in the workplace.

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Steps, Stairs & Platforms: When it comes to these types of applications, you will want to make sure you choose an adhesive system that will bond to the step and is very durable. Consider if the steps or platform is located inside or outside, what types (if any) of liquids will be present, the amount of traffic and location of steps.

Depending on where the steps are located, you might need to consider having hazard striped message treads to meet certain OSHA requirements. 

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Water Skis, Surfboards, Jet Boards, Boat Skis, Swimming Pools, Pool Accessories & Diving Boards: Anything water related you will want to make sure to have a least a medium grade Resilient product. You might consider a heavy-duty grade to compensate for heavy foot traffic or tougher environments. Resilient products ensure comfort for bare feet, but also are designed for heavy shoe traffic.

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Bathrooms, Bathtubs & Showers: When comfort on bare feet is as essential to preventing slip and fall accidents, you will want to look at Resilient products for these applications. Resilient anti-slip tape or treads works great in water conditions and on bare feet. Keep in mind that you will also want a  product that is mop-friendly for easy cleaning and potentially designed for shoe traffic depending on the location.

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Food Service Areas, Restaurants & Kitchens: With a constant barrage of liquids being spilled on the floor and lots of hustle and bustle, kitchens are some of the biggest culprits for slip and fall accidents. You will want to make sure you choose an anti-slip product that offers excellent protection against liquids, heavy foot traffic and is also mop-friendly for easy cleaning. Depending on if this is for commercial use, you will want a product that also meets certain OSHA requirements to protect your employees.

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Fitness Rooms, Exercise Equipment & Gyms: Fitness areas generally need to have a non-slip tape or tread that is foot-friendly and meant for indoor applications. Again, depending on the location you might need to consider a gritter grade anti-slip product if you will be outdoors or for high impact exercise equipment. You will also want something that can easily be cleaned and offers an industrial type application.

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Egress Requirements, Fire Exit Safety & Night or Dark: When it comes to meeting egress code requirements or providing visibility to surroundings in dark situations, it is important to have a non-slip egress tape or tread that glows to show the way out or around. Having a photoluminescent grit tape that can be used to mark stairs and corridors is extremely helpful to prevent slip and falls accidents. You might need to also make sure your product meets certain standards such as ASTM and NYC (MEA #235-05-M).

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Military or Extreme Environments: When you are needing an application for decks of vessels that will be constantly hit with salt water or other liquids and temperature fluctuations, airplane cargo holds or trains, you will want a product that exceeds MIL-PRF-24667C Type XI and is engineered to perform in extreme environments.

Consider: Safety Track® Military Grade 3810/3820 Series.

Choosing the correct type of non-slip flooring product is an important factor when it comes to the safety of  everyone. Make sure to review all the different factors when it comes to choosing your non-slip flooring solution. In 2017 alone a reported 227,760 non-fatal injury cases were reported due to falls, slips and trips in the private industry.  And while nothing can assure you will not slip and fall, choosing a non-slip flooring product can help minimize the risk. From consumer applications to the decks of warships, all types of locations require non-slip films to prevent slip and fall accidents. Make sure you choose the best type of product for your application or work with a Jessup Manufacturing representative to custom make a product based on your requirements. Our engineers can recommend the right product to work for your specific environment and usage.

 

 

2 months ago

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.      
5 months ago

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 months ago

How to Prevent Slip and Fall Accidents for the Aging Workforce

Millennials are quickly coming into the workforce, but the fact remains that almost a quarter of employed Americans are older than 65, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Our aging workforce’s experience and knowledge of their jobs are extremely important to have within a company, however workplace injuries often are more severe and take longer to heal when they do happen to this group of the workforce. On top of that, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health states that 75 percent of the aging workforce is also battling chronic health conditions that require some sort of management in order to allow them to perform their duties. With facts like slips and falls continually being the most common causes of work-related injuries and deaths according to OSHA, falls in adults ages 65 and older being the leading cause of head injuries and broken hips and falling once doubling your risk to fall again, it is extremely important to have fall prevention strategies in place to help make your workplace age-friendly.

Jessup has several easy to implement tips to help create a safer work environment for the aging workforce:

  • Start by creating or updating your workplace slip and fall program. A fall prevention program can offer both employers and employees with the necessary training and tools to recognize, assess, and control potential slip, trip, or fall hazards. These fall prevention programs should include a clear company policy, slip and fall training programs (these should be used during onboarding and continually as reminders for employees) and a complete slip and fall workplace assessment.
  • Don't rush workers. We all know the temptation to rush through a job when it is near the end of a shift or because of pressure from a manager to meet a deadline. Unfortunately, this type of carelessness is a top reason that slip and fall accidents occur. Consider offering flexibility or give the aging-workforce a say with their schedule, work tasks and conditions, when possible to prevent being rushed. Another consideration would be to avoid assigning repetitive tasks or prolonged sedentary tasks and let employees work at their own pace to prevent rushing.
  • Have the right slip and fall prevention products. Once you complete a slip and fall workplace assessment, you will easily be able to spot areas where you need to add non-slip adhesives, stair treads, signage or other prevention products. Some locations are more prone to slip and fall accidents than others, including:

Bathrooms

Everywhere you go and all the research you do on fall prevention (and we do a lot of research on that topic here!), always points back to bathrooms being a huge culprit of slip and fall accidents. Make sure you review all your bathrooms and talk to your employees about how they feel the bathroom conditions are. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that over 235,000 people 15 years and older visit emergency rooms each year because of bathroom-related injuries, so it is well worth a bit of extra effort to invest in the right products to prevent bathroom slip and fall accidents. Considering that as we get older, we generally need to use the bathroom more often throughout the day, the aging-workforce will likely be visiting the bathroom during work hours.
  • Consider applying a medium grade non-slip product around the sinks and toilets. A medium grade non-slip tape like Safety Track 3500 can withstand shoe traffic, is certified "High Traction" by the National Floor and Safety Institute (NFSI) and is also mop-friendly for easy cleaning.
  • Take a second look at all your bath mats or rugs which can be worn or have curling edges that cause a tripping hazard, especially for the aging-workforce. Make sure to use a non-slip tape underneath all rugs and mats to prevent any shifting.
  • Double check the bathroom conditions. Chipped tiles or peeling linoleum should be replaced and bathrooms should be regularly inspected for water spills. When cleaning, remember to use a slip resistant product so you aren't undoing all your hard work.

Stairs

No matter what age, stairs can easily be a slip and fall hazard. Stairs can include flights of stairs, or the couple stair steps into a forklift machine. Wherever you see stairs in your facility make sure you pay special attention to “slip and fall proof” them. Luckily the investment in products is generally very minimal and can make a huge impact on the reduced number of accidents. Easy tips and products to use to prevent stair slip and fall accidents include:
  • Both carpeted and non-carpeted stairs should be considered. Add non-slip stair treads to both is a simple and easy way to prevent trips and falls.
  • A product like Flex Track 4100 is not only easy to apply and remove if needed, but is available in both fine or medium grade. If your employees have bare feet it is also comfortable.
  • Double check all railings are secured in place
  • Provide “Watch your step” signage if a single step exists
By having the proper slip and fall prevention products you will greatly reduce your aging-workforces risk to have a slip and fall accidents. These products may vary depending on the job (construction vs office job for example, but common products used throughout businesses for slip and fall prevention include:
  • Slip resistant shoes. By requiring the proper footwear for your employees, such as having closed toed rubber soled shoes, you will prevent a slip and fall accidents
  • Handrails for any stair series greater than three
  • Caution signs alerting of turns, drops, ramps, or random stairs
  • Use grit tapes and grit treads around areas that see liquid (this could be oil, gas, water, etc) or require heavy duty resistance of your workers. This could include: ships, pool decks, or water parks.
  • PVC tapes and treads that are rubberized and textured are a great choice for the restaurant industry, fitness centers or spas. These tapes and treads are strong enough to prevent slips with work shoes, but also comfortable for bare feet.
  • Vinyl anti-slip products are a great option in nursing homes, doctors offices, and hotels
  • Use mats and runners with caution. Although they provide slip resistance, make sure they are in good shape, not curling at the ends and that they aren’t able to shift on the floor to create a potential tripping hazard.
  • Use de-icer, shovels and salt right away to prevent slips and falls outside in incremental weather.

Some final helpful and easy tips to prevent slip and fall accidents in the aging workforce include:

  • Provide extra training for management on managing an aging workforce
  • Offer ergonomically correct workstations for those who require or request them.
  • Open the lines of communication and start a conversation with older workers to develop strategies to help avoid issues. Consider creating an anonymous reporting system to protect employees from being called out on reporting unsafe practices or offering tips.
A senior citizen’s quality of life can change instantly with a slip or fall so these prevention tips are so important to follow. By not doing so and having an older employee slip you could be potentially playing a role in their physical decline, depression, social isolation, and feelings of helplessness, according to the National Council for Aging. On top of that, these types of slip and fall accidents not only can injure your employees, but could potentially cost thousands of dollars in worker’s compensation and increased insurance premiums. By implementing the tips we have presented today and incorporating a slip and fall prevention program, the number of falls among the 65+ population can be substantially reduced. Ultimately, these types of fall prevention tips will not only benefit your aging workforce, but your entire workforce. Everyone can appreciate training, products and tips to make the workplace safer, which will also help to increase team morale and communications.
7 months ago

5 Ways to Use Graphics Media in Your School

Schools are meant to be a place that inspires students and promotes exploration and learning. Graphics media has become an increasingly popular way to create a unique, organized, positive campus environment that also reflects the school values. From being utilized in gymnasiums for sporting events, school cafeterias, teacher’s rooms, and even in the hallways it can grab the attention of students and make them feel engaged in ways that not even digital media can these days. More than ever, we are seeing schools and universities turn to graphics media when they are looking for a creative way to grab their students' attention and bring them together as one community. It’s no surprise with all the advancements in printer technology and the coated films these visual graphics are printed on, the results are nothing short of amazing, generally inexpensive to produce and are easily applied and removed. We’ve compiled the top 5 ways to use graphics media throughout your school to make the grade this school year.

1. Graphics Media in School Hallways

Using graphics media in school hallways is one of the best ways to add color, express school pride, and even prevent against slip and fall accidents while you’re at it! Extending the school’s values and messaging and adding pops of color throughout the halls make school a brighter, happier, more inspiring place to be. With no space being off-limits for graphics media that means you can post thought-provoking questions on lockers, mural inspiration on the walls of the halls and so much more. A few of our favorite clever and creative ways to consider using graphics media within school hallways include:
  • Using non-slip floor graphics printed with Tex Walk® to prevent slip and fall accidents and offer a pop of color throughout the school hallways. Consider a funny saying or song leading throughout the school or to the office to get them excited or laughing.
  • Create wayfinding with graphics media using your school mascot as a creative way to keep people moving throughout the school and create a more unified experience.
  • Larger than life motivational messages through the hallways of school are a great inspiration and with easy application and low cost can be changed out with the seasons or in conjunction with big school events.
  • Brightly colored graphics media peel and stick wallpaper in what would otherwise be a “grey” hallway or corridor.

2. Graphics Media in Gymnasiums and School Cafeterias

Graphics media comes in handy when schools want to update their gymnasiums or cafeterias in order to create a more unified experience because it is cost-effective, slip-resistant and can be easily switched out throughout the year to reflect different sporting accomplishments or even school lunch menus. By extending the school’s brand identity, you offer the students and teachers an improved experience within the school, making it a more enjoyable place to spend time. Great ways to incorporate graphics media in school gyms and cafeterias include:
  • A short term graphics media like Tex Walk® is great if you want to frequently change out your visual graphics with the sporting season or lunch menu. A product like Tex Walk® is also great on the ground because of its non-slip properties.
  • Full-size peel and stick wallpaper of your school mascot is a great way to show school pride throughout the gym or cafeteria
  • Create messaging with graphics media to display game rules, school rules, mission, and value statements for guests to read.

3. Graphics Media in Teacher’s Rooms

Teacher’s rooms should be a place to inspire students to do their best work and also create a place of safety and community for children. A popular idea that many schools have been onboarding is renaming teacher’s rooms, “houses.” Houses (aka teacher’s rooms) each have their own color, logo, or even symbol and this is displayed on their door and throughout the classroom itself in-order to help students connect with one another in their classes. The houses can display their specific logos or color schemes around the school to promote classroom pride, applying graphics media onto flags, school grounds, or even printed on clothing. Other popular ways to use graphics media in teacher’s rooms include:
  • Peel and stick wallpaper has been incredibly popular for teachers because of its low-cost, easy application and removal, and ability to customize to fit their classroom needs.
  • Larger-than-life window graphics displaying current curriculum, classroom expectations, or even school mascots to keep school pride, inspiration, and the feeling of community running throughout the school.
  • Using graphics media on desks and cubby’s to keep students engaged and interested, assign seats or cubby’s, or remind them of expectations in a creative and unexpected way.
  • Graphics media is an excellent way to organize areas of the classroom or provide direction on the walls in a brightly and playfully.

4. Graphics Media outside the School Building

Graphics media isn’t subject to only indoor spaces! Using graphics media around the exterior of the school building is a great way to create some unexpected attention and engagement with your students, parents, and other visitors. Great ideas to consider using graphics media outside the school building includes:
  • A great place to start is the walkway leading up to the school. Using a non-slip safe product to prevent slip and fall accidents like Asphalt Art® and create a large floor mural or inspirational messaging that welcomes your staff, students, and other visitors. It sets the tone for your school and will surely make students more excited to be there before they even step foot into the building!
  • Consider wrapping outdoor columns and drab brick walls in bright colors or with your school mascot as a creative welcome sign to visitors.
  • Any stairs outside use a non-slip graphics media to prevent slip and fall accidents while offering a creative way to display messaging or brighten up a space.
  • Using graphics media on exterior doors to display directions or wayfinding to help people find their way and feel more comfortable upon entering the building.

5. Graphics Media in Bathrooms and Locker Rooms

If your school was anything like mine, the bathrooms and locker rooms were probably a little gray. Thanks to graphics media, gone are those days of tired-looking spaces. By applying inexpensive graphics media onto bathroom stalls, bathroom floors, walls and even lockers you can brighten up spaces and even prevent slip and fall accidents! Some creative ways to use graphics media in school bathrooms and locker rooms are:
  • Use non-slip graphics media on the floor of the bathroom, especially around the sink areas, to prevent slip and fall accidents. Consider putting a funny phrase, school colors or other fun imagery.
  • Graphics media looks great on lockers or bathroom stalls to brighten up spaces. You can write inspirational messaging, school mottos, logos or mascots to keep a unified look throughout the school building.
  • Peel and stick wallpaper works great on the walls of bathrooms or locker rooms and can easily applied and even more easily switched out with the seasons, sports, or events that happen at your school.

Why Choose Graphics Media for Your School?

When it comes to graphics media, it’s a very impactful way for schools to engage with their staff, students and visitors. Consider graphics media for this reason and these other important factors:
  • Cost: Graphics media is a great value. Between all the options, sizes and customizations many people think it will be pricey. However, graphics media is generally fairly inexpensive to create and extremely easy to install and remove which means cost savings back to the buyer.
  • Easy Installation and Removal: As mentioned, all graphics media offers easy installation and removal. Graphics media doesn’t leave any residue behind when removed. This is why it’s such a great option for school sporting or school events. You can also apply graphics media to most any indoor AND outdoor surface.
  • Unexpected and Attention Grabbing: Trying to inspire and surprise students is not always an easy task. However, graphics media pieces are often times the talk of the school or event they are placed in. With a variety of options when it comes to the films you can use (3D, mesh, textured, and even glow-in-the dark effects), the possibilities are truly endless.
  • Many Features and Options: Graphics media films can do everything from float on water, to offer non-slip properties. Films can be chemical-resistant, abrasion-resistant, and antibacterial and certain films are also NFSI Certified for high traction and ASTM D-2047 certified for slip resistance.
These five places to use graphics media in schools are just a few of our favorites. If you are using graphics media at your school in a fun or unexpected way, let us know and we might feature you in our next post!




7 months ago

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.
7 months ago

How to Participate in OSHA's Safe and Sound Week 2019

The U.S. Department of Labor will join with workers and job creators across the country from August 12-18, 2019 for its annual Safe + Sound Week. Safe + Sound Week is a nationwide event used to recognize the successes of workplace safety and health programs, plus offers information and ideas on how to keep America's workers safe. Encouraging organizations of any size and industry to participate, it is an opportunity to show a commitment to the safety of their workers, customers, the public, and their partners. It is described by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as a nationwide event to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs that include: management and leadership, worker participation and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards in workplaces. These efforts are critically important because although the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the rate of worker deaths and worker injuries has decreased by more than 60% in the past four decades, every year more than 4500 workers are still killed on the job and 4.1 million suffer a serious job-related injury or illness. OSHA also states that serious job-related injuries or illnesses don't just hurt workers and their families, but can hurt businesses in a variety of ways. Implementing a safety and health program, however, can improve a business's safety and health performance, save money, and improve competitiveness. Safety and health programs help businesses to:
  • Prevent workplace injuries and illnesses
  • Improve compliance with laws and regulations
  • Lower costs, including significant reductions in workers' compensation premiums
  • Engage workers
  • Enhance social responsibility goals
  • Increase productivity and enhance overall business operations
Participating in Safe + Sound Week can help organizations get their health and safety programs off the ground or energize an existing one. Having an active safety and health program that includes management leadership, worker participation, and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards should be a goal for every business. Below are some ways we suggest to develop each part of your program.

Management Leadership

When leadership shows they are committed to implementing and maintaining health and safety programs, it provides continuous improvement throughout the workplace. Workers know that safety and health are important to the success of the business when management leadership is sincere and supports their words with actions. Some ways management can be involved include:
  • Delivering a safety and health message to kick off Safe + Sound Week to all employees.
  • Being present at planned events during Safe + Sound Week.
  • Announce specific program goals and create or update the policy.
  • Walking job sites with workers to better understand daily tasks and were potential injuries could happen.

Worker Participation

Creating an effective safety and health program means aligning with workers to gather their collective experience, knowledge, and insight to find solutions to workplace safety and health challenges. Workers are in their jobs day in and day out, often knowing the biggest potential hazards associated with them before management does. When management partners with workers and involves them in finding solutions, not only do workers feel more invested in the program itself, but solutions that might have been overlooked are uncovered. To make this type of alignment work, workers must feel free of any fear of retaliation or discrimination (e.g., for reporting an injury or hazardous conditions), so make it clear to your employees that you have an open-door policy when it comes to reporting slip and fall hazards and consider creating a hazard reporting system or allow them to anonymously fill out a form to report the concerns. OSHA offers several ways you can engage your workers during Safe + Sound Week including:
  • Asking workers for suggestions and feedback to the current safety and health program.
  • Creating a suggestion box or suggestion email address/hotline that goes directly to management to discuss health and safety-related concerns for workers.
  • Use this week a re-training for workers on safety and health programs.
  • Recognize and award efforts of workers and teams that continually contribute to make the workplace safer.

Find & Fix Hazards

A systematic process for identifying and controlling workplace hazards is at the heart of every safety and health program. This process allows you to proactively find and fix hazards. Instead of taking action and implementing a new standard or regulation after one worker becomes sick or injured, this step uses a proactive approach and is far more effective. According to OSHA, a systematic find and fix approach means:
  • Involving workers, who often have the best understanding of the conditions that create hazards and insights into how they can be controlled.
  • Reviewing all available information about hazards that might be present.
  • Conducting inspections to identify new or emerging hazards.
  • Investigating incidents to identify root causes and potential solutions.
  • Evaluating options using the "hierarchy of controls."
  • Considering how to protect workers during emergencies and non-routine activities.
  • Checking that existing controls are intact and remain effective.
We are committed to helping companies with their safety and health programs, specifically around preventing falls in the workplace. Falls within the workplace continue to remain problematic, not only resulting in injuries but deaths. In both construction and general industry workplaces with over 7,200 violations were documented by OSHA in 2018 alone. Fall Protection - Training Requirements is another OSHA standard that continually shows on the Top 10 Most Cited year after year, actually increasing 30% from 2017 to 2018 in citations. Of course, accidents are bound to happen, but by implementing a safety and health program, following OSHA guidelines and best practices, we can work together to lessen workplace falls.

5 Tips to Prevent Workplace Falls:

1. Use anti-slip film that is certified “High Traction” by the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) on heavy machinery, ladders, and stairs. The Safety Track® 3500 Resilient Medium Grade can withstand heavy foot traffic in commercial environments and is also mop-friendly. Safety Track® 3200 Heavy Duty Grade is excellent on stairs to offer high slip-resistance both inside and out. This product is resistant to oil, mud, and diesel fuel, making it an excellent option to prevent slip and fall accidents. 2. Know OSHA requirements around fall prevention to help in prevention. A few that are often overlooked and cited include:
  • Employers are required to offer safe, secure fall protection where workers are exposed to falls from the following heights: 4' in General Industry Workplaces, 5' in Shipyards, 6' in the Construction Industry and 8' in Longshore Operations.
  • Vertical lifelines or lanyards must have a minimum breaking strength of 5,000 pounds. They must be protected against being cut or abraded, and each employee MUST be attached to a separate vertical lifeline and anchor points capable of supporting at least 5,000 pounds per attached employee.
  • Employees working on a surface with an unprotected side/edge that's six feet or more above a lower level must use approved fall protection (this can include guardrails, safety nets or personal fall arrest systems)
3. Provide training for workers exposed to fall hazards. First, management should develop and communicate a fall safety program and provide the resources needed to operate the training. This program should offer works the ability to understand the hazards of falling and train them on procedures to take in order to minimize hazards. It is important for management to continue education in a consulting manner to keep workers up to date on safety requirements and make a genuine, long term impact. 4. Switch to slip-resistant shoes in the workplace. Require workers who are in high-risk slip and fall zones to wear slip-resistant shoes to help prevent slip and fall accidents. 5. Management should do quarterly fall prevention assessments of facilities or job sites to make sure fall prevention programs are being utilized, and hazards are minimized. This could be as simple as making sure a space’s light bulbs are changed, flooring is in safe condition, and clutter is removed. It is also important to make sure mops, cleaning products, and Caution Watch Your Step tapes are easily available to employees. In 2017, 5,147 workers lost their lives on the job. Safe + Sound Week is a great time to focus on improving and assessing your health and safety work programs and policies to take a step in the right direction. Safe + Sound is also a year-round campaign that is meant to encourage every workplace to have a safety and health program. Take time this August to review the OSHA Safe + Sound materials and help us initiate change for the better.
8 months ago
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