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Legislation , Workplace Safety

The Hidden Cost of Exit Sign Vandalism

The Hidden Cost of Exit Sign Vandalism

Unfortunately EXIT Signs can be subject to being repeatedly damaged and purchasing a replacement and hiring an electrician to install makes it an extremely costly affair. Brown University reported Exit signs vandals have cost them over $30,000 a year in replacing damaged Exit signs. They are not alone with many universities reporting similar frustrations having to replace broken signs and deal with the safety hazard of having to ensure all signs are functioning.  Just have a look at how some students proudly demonstrate their abilities on youtube. Even with sturdy guards in place exit signs can still be damaged, at which point the extra protection may serve to make maintenance more difficult, time consuming, and more costly to replace both the exit sign and protection. JALITE Non-electrical UL Listed Exit signs, are an easy way to comply with code requirements to identify the exit, in both normal and emergency conditions, yet are for more difficult to damage, and don’t require an electrician to install if required. If your facility suffers from vandals and you want information about how our non-electrical exit signs can reduce vandalism at your location, contact us today

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Self-Luminous Exit Signs: The Difference between Tritium and Photoluminescent Technologies

Self-Luminous Exit Signs: The Difference between Tritium and Photoluminescent Technologies

Self-luminous signs provide an alternative to the traditional electrical exit sign, but what are the options with self-luminous signs? One option is to use a Tritium exit sign, which is illuminated by a radioactive isotope of helium gas known as Tritium. The Tritium emits light for anywhere between 10 to 20 years as it decays. In order to have Tritium signs, it is required that the consumer have a “general license” that allows the radioactive material to be traced to them in the event that it is mishandled. They must also report all their signs to the NRC to ensure they are being properly disposed of; a process which can cost companies $100 or more per sign. In 2009, Wal Mart reported 15,000 of their 70,000 Tritium signs as missing, raising concerns that the signs may have been improperly disposed of and risked contaminating the environment and drinking water of surrounding neighborhoods. Wal Mart has since stopped all purchase of Tritium signs and has moved on to using photoluminescent exit sign where applicable. While Tritium exit signs are a viable non-electrical alternative to mark your exits, the risk associated with their radioactivity in your facility, their regulatory compliance requirements, and the cost of disposal makes them a difficult option to choose.  For more information about another non-electrical option to identify your exits contact us, or visit our website exclusively devoted to photoluminescent UL Listed Exit signs.

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JALITE in the United Kingdom

JALITE in the United Kingdom

JALITE (UK) PLC pioneered the application and development of photoluminescent systems in harsh environment of the North Sea Marine and Offshore markets in the 80's and the movement to escape route lighting in all workplaces. JALITE Fire Safety Signs hold an enviably high position and esteem in the UK Safety Sign market and are specified widely by leading architects and safety professionals. JALITE PLC in the UK products and services can be viewed on the web sites www.jalite.com www.jalitemarine.com and www,jaliteaaa.co.uk You can contact the UK office directly by e-mail at sales@jalite.com

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IBC/ICC Code 2009 Section 1024

IBC/ICC Code 2009 Section 1024

All the new tall buildings for commercial and industrial use in Seattle and major cities of Washington State USA will soon benefit from the same systems installed in New York City some 6 years ago. Washington State adopted Section 1024 of the revised IBC Building Code of 2009 to which all new buildings must comply within 2012. Of course, all existing buildings would clearly benefit from adopting the new code irrespective of any electrical systems installed and many forward thinking, "above minimum requirement" property owners will be considering improving their buildings for enhanced tenant safety.

Evacuation plan , Technical

ISO 23601 Escape and Evacuation Plan Signs

ISO 23601 Escape and Evacuation Plan Signs

There is now an ISO Standard for such plans including a recommendation for photoluminescent material with no less than Class C ISO 17398 performance – ISO 23601 – Safety identification – Escape and evacuation plan signs The following is the abstract for users: ISO 23601:2009 establishes design principles for displayed escape plans that contain information relevant to fire safety, escape, evacuation and rescue of the facility's occupants. These plans may also be used by intervention forces in case of emergency. These plans are intended to be displayed as signs in public areas and workplaces. ISO 23601:2009 is not intended to cover the plans to be used by external safety services nor detailed professional technical drawings for use by specialists. Escape and evacuation plan signs should be designed by experienced designers to make floor plans visible and legible, easy to identify and read and oriented correctly. JALITE can make your plans effective and reflect best current practice. They can be reproduced on high quality Class C photoluminescent material according to ISO 23601:2009 or sub surface printed on fire resistant polycarbonate or PVC. Call us or register

Products , Technical , Workplace Safety

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 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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