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JALITE - TUNNEL ESCAPE ROUTE SYSTEMS

JALITE - TUNNEL ESCAPE ROUTE SYSTEMS

Fires or accidents in tunnels can be a major risk to human life and the effective identification of escape routes is paramount. Limited escape facilities and difficulties encountered by emergency services in gaining access to tunnel incidents calls for considered fire and emergency safety management. Tunnels and underground transport facilities are growing in terms of popularity and size in order to reduce rising traffic densities and congestion. As tunnel design evolves we need to identify the many hazards to be addressed: Increase in length of modern tunnels, unfamiliar territory - egress disorientation Transportation of hazardous materials - potential of contamination Higher fire loads due to growing increase in traffic volume coupled with higher load capacities – increasing fire risk Mechanical defects in motor vehicles – sources of ignition. Potential deterioration and failure/smoke logging of traditional escape route systems. Vehicle breakdown, road traffic accidents with inherently disorientated vehicle occupants. Fires within tunnels present an extremely high risk to occupants, the below table lists some of the international tragedies from recent years. The numbers highlight the horrific consequences of tunnel fire. Location Fatalities Location Fatalities Mont Blanc, France 39 Hokuriku Tunnel, Japan 34 Tauern Tunnel, Austria 12 Pecorile Tunnel, Italy 8 Vierzy Tunnel, France 108 Isola delle Femmine, Italy 5 Pfander Tunnel, Austria 3 Kaprun, Austria 155 Nihonzaka, Japan 7 St Gottard Tunnel, Switzerland 11 *Source: Alan Beard & Richard Carrel - The handbook of tunnel fire safety: 2005   With all the associated risks it is imperative that a fast and effective evacuation system is established to correctly identify the escape route educating evacuees to make an informed decision on egress. The serious outcome and risks associated with tunnel fires, emergency escape route systems are of the utmost importance in relation to life safety. With this in mind Jalite have developed an outstanding product raange for tunnels - engineered for life safety! Owing to the stringent requirements on constructional materials for use within tunnels, many of the common materials used in the photoluminescent industry are deemed unsuitable due to non compliance to the low smoke zero halogen requirements (LSZH). Jalite have strived to overcome the material restrictions and risen to the challenge meeting and exceeding requirements with the all new Jalite 316 LLL System and Jalite Polycarbonate Photoluminescent Escape Route Signs designed specifically for tunnels.

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Safety Signs and Symbols

Safety Signs and Symbols

Safety Signs and symbols are now in every day life and fully supported by both International and European Standardization

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Strontium Aluminate

Strontium Aluminate

The arrival of new pigments in the 1990's has led to exciting developments for our industry. These new pigments based on alkali earth aluminates doped with rare earth elements have produced the tools for JALITE to design and produce a full range of products to meet all means of escape needs.   This New and advanced technology has allowed JALITE to introduce JLUME photoluminescent materials that produce exceptionally long luminance decay characteristics compared to standard photoluminescent materials. These materials are suitable for high risk areas where egress may be slow or where light levels are lower. JLUME Plus is now well progressing and JALITE will be pushing Standards further for Class E materials in 2006 and for future F and G classes as technology and economics improve. JALITE uses its own proprietary technology for pigments and is fully licensed to use patented technology in the field. Users of high performance photoluminescent materials should assure themselves that any suppliers can produce evidence that they are not infringing current patents, as the application in safety products is also claimed in current patents.

Marine and Offshore , Products

The Costa Concordia: Lessons Learned

The Costa Concordia: Lessons Learned

It’s been over a year since the now infamous Costa Concordia ran aground and partially sunk; 32 people were killed and 64 injured. Since the Concordia, the cruise industry seems to have hit a rough patch. Most recently a fire onboard the Carnival Triumph stranded over 4,000 passengers and crew for 8 days with no power or running water. With all eyes now on the cruise ship industry, what can be taken away from recent disaster to make cruising easy and safe for everyone? The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has released strict guidelines to follow when evacuating a large passenger ship.  Once an alarm has been sounded, passengers are asked to go to the cabin and retrieve their lifejacket before making their way to the assembly station. From the assembly station, passengers are assigned lifeboat locations that they are to report to. The maximum time recommended for an evacuation in 80 minutes; this means on ships like the Triumph and the Concordia, it is recommended that the crew evacuate over 4,000 people in a little over an hour. When the goal is to get everyone evacuated as quickly as possible, conditions can become deadly when patrons attempting to escape the wreckage are lost and disoriented in the dark corridors of the ship. JALITE nbsp; is here to light the way for with our exceptional brightness and long lasting illumination no matter the circumstances.  Our new Life Safety Product Catalog features the latest in marine photoluminescent signs and products. Interested in more information? Visit our website or contact us to obtain a quote or find one of our authorized Marine distributors.

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Photoluminescent safety signs from JALITE

Photoluminescent safety signs from JALITE

JALITE photoluminescent signs are in a Class of their own by design of the communicated message and remain conspicuous and recognizeable in darkness. JALITE safety signs provide the visible cues and direction information for speedy and orderly escape in an emergency and in power loss. JALITE photoluminescent safety signs form part of a comprehensive fire safety management strategy and fulfill both legislative conformance requirements and enhanced safety and reduced risk in many situations. JALITE is happy to work with all organisations with a high safety awareness and desire for improvement to develop a detailed safety signing policy consistent with embracing this technology and moving to an "above minimum safety' environment. The advances in luminance performance and in unique manufacturing techniques produce visual properties of JALITE UL 924 Exit Signs that offer an extremely viable option to electrical emergency Exit signs and are now also available to meet ISO Standard designs.

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JALITE Authorised Distributors

JALITE Authorised Distributors

A JALITE Distributor near you JALITE products are available from specialised safety professional companies who share the same philosophy of supplying and servicing quality, accredited products to their clients. Many JALITE distributors are certified fire protection companies or fire safety, disaster preparedness, risk assessment and security consultants. Many good addresses for fire safety services can be found in the directory at www.means-of-escape.com JALITE products are also successfully supplied, installed and maintained by building management or maintenance professionals. More and more electrical emergency lighting suppliers and maintenance companies are now carrying JALITE products to compliment their installed systems. In particular the UL 924 Listed EXIT signs that installed with well designed escape path marking and low location components provide the optimum protection and at reduced energy costs. If you need to identify a JALITE distributor close to you please contact us directly and we will immediately arrange for the closest and most suitable distributor to be notified. If you cannot find a local JALITE distributor please also let us have the name and address of your local fire protection or building and service- maintenance company as they may well be interested in meeting your needs for JALITE. We will gladly approach them.

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JALITE Authorised Distributors share the JALITE philosophy of providing best practice advice and guidance in the selection of product and in supply, installation, service and maintenance.

JALITE products are found from professionals in the fields of property management and maintenance, fire protection and fire prevention service companies, safety product supply companies and other specialist sign companies.

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Jalite is active in over 109 countries

In the 35 year history of JALITE, products have been developed and supplied to over 100 countries in the world and often with safety messages in the local language or with dual language, with the International Safety language English. It has been a JALITE tradition to fully comply with National and International Standards for the design of our products. Now, with JALITE presence on three continents and Authorised Distribtors world wide we can be considered local throughout the world. Interested to Distribute JALITE products in your area of safety or your district and country? Just send us a mail and contact us now with an introduction.

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