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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

Evacuation plan , Tall building , Training

The Best Advice to Give Your Loved Ones to Survive a Fire in a High Rise Building:

The Best Advice to Give Your Loved Ones to Survive a Fire in a High Rise Building:

There are 15,400 high rise fires each year in the US according to NFPA. What anyone who lives or works in a high rise must know is that the most important thing to do during a fire is to get out as soon as possible. Especially in a High Rise because of the longer egress times. That may seem obvious, but did you know that less than 50% of the survivors surveyed after the Sept. 11th attacks on the WTC reported that they evacuated immediately? For more information on the behavior of the survivors during their evacuation of the World Trade Center Towers, read the report by Guylene Proulx. In this report she mentions the use of photoluminescent markings which proved helpful in the evacuation: "Four survivors reported seeing photoluminescent stripes on the stairs, railings and stairwell doors – an improvement the Port Authority made following the 1993 bombing. As one survivor stated, “All you had to do was follow those yellow-green stripes. They were wonderful. The stripes were especially valuable when the emergency stairs stopped and people had to travel horizontally through mechanical equipment spaces that had many doors” (Masetti, 2001)."  Whether it’s a traditional low rise building or a skyscraper, whether occupant leave immediately or wait, it is imperative that they be able to see their way out. Jalite photoluminescent egress signs will light the way out for any building. Contact us to find a distributor near you.

Legislation , Training , Workplace Safety

How Can You Keep First Responders Safe?

How Can You Keep First Responders Safe?

Words cannot express the importance of first responders. Every day over half a million calls are made to 9-1-1, calls which often bring first responders into action. Employees calling in an emergency at the workplace know the layout of the building, but it is more often the responders first time at the location. It is the responsibility of a business owner to ensure the safety of not only everyday occupants of the building, but also first responder in the event of an emergency. Communicating hazards is key to the safety of both workers and first responders. “Put Yourself in Our Boots” is a campaign that emphasizes how crucial it is that business owners create a safe work environment. Their videos portray how treacherous a lack of communication can be for first responders, most of who are already being placed under deadly circumstances. Traditional safety signs don’t communicate their message very well in an emergency. One way to keep first responders safe, is to communicate safety hazards in your facility using Jalite photoluminescent safety signs. When the lights go out, ours go on.™ For more information on a distributor near you send us an email.

Products , Technical , Transportation

Tunnels and Underground

Tunnels and Underground

Tunnel safety and evacuation route markings have received much needed attention since a series of tragedies in Europe and elsewhere heightened the need for escape route lighting and improved wayfinding signs.

General information , Legislation

OSHA Regulations

OSHA Regulations

To maintain a safe work place, and comply with OSHA requirements, employers must provide the proper signs to indicate the exit route, and the safety equipment installed in their facility. For example Section 1910.37(b) which states: "Each exit must be clearly visible and marked by a sign reading 'Exit.' " or Section 1926.34(b): " 'Exit marking.' Exits shall be marked by a readily visible sign. Access to exits shall be marked by readily visible signs in all cases where the exit or way to reach it is not immediately visible to the occupants". Ask your local Jalite Distributor for our OSHA compliant EXIT sign to ensure your workplace is compliant, even if there is a loss of power! Best practice in response to risk assessment would demand a comprehensive array of directional signs meeting OSHA requirments to ensure that the means of escape is secured at all times. JALITE Photoluminescent products add that extra and essential feature of mitigating the risk of failure of emergency lighting or protecting occupied areas not requiring such provisions. Furthermore, they provide the means to provide directional information duplicated at low location providing escape path information economically and without the need for heavy costs of wiring and maintenance. OSHA regulations also require safety signs and notices to be used to reduce risk by reinforcing training and education, to provide warnings of risks in the workplace and protective measures, including the prohibition of behaviour likely to create a risk of any kind.

Evacuation plan , Marine and Offshore , Products , Workplace Safety

Marine and Offshore

Marine and Offshore

The global Marine and Offshore business for JALITE safety signs and low location lighting products is served through a growing network of JALITE Authorised Distributors and Dealers. Our network of Distributors is supported by the JALITE Headquarters, JALITE PLC in Basildon, Essex UK and the two subsidiary companies JALITE Inc. USA. and JALITE Asia Ltd. in Hong Kong SAR . Companies serving these markets that are interested to join our network of Distributors and Dealers are invited to register with us their interest. Unique performance products with proven capability; JALITE photoluminescent safety products in the Marine and Offshore application set new standards of excellence in performance and are purpose designed to reduce risk and to serve in case of emergency and incident. JALITE is committed to a never ending process of improvement in its product and service offering to this industry. All JALITE products meet the highest specifications and are fully accredited by third party testing. For further information please go to our dedicated marine web sites at www.jalite-marine.com and www.jalitemarine.com

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.

Products , Technical , Workplace Safety

Fire Fighting Equipment Safety Signs

Fire Fighting Equipment Safety Signs

The definition in ISO 3864-1 Fire fighting equipment is far narrower than the definition required by fire safety management. This covers all the 5 types of safety signs as well as fire safety notices needed to fulfill functions within the fire safety management strategy. All JALITE  fire safety signs and fire fighting equipment identification signs fully support the fire safety management strategy and are unquestionably justified by formal, obligatory fire risk assessment.

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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JALITE Group of Companies

JALITE Group of Companies

From the Headquarters in Basildon, Essex U.K. the JALITE Group now spans three continents and around the world through its group of dedicated independant distributors. You have choices in this world but not when it comes to adopting and using best practice for safety products. Meeting or exceeding standards in the field of photoluminescent safety products is what JALITE is all about. There is absolutely no need to go for second best.

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JALITE Asia

JALITE Asia Limited Office F2, 16/F., MG Tower, 133 Hoi Bun Road, Kwun Tong, Kowloon Hong Kong SAR   Tel: +852 3426 9266  Fax: +852 3528 0757 E-mail: enquiry@jalite-asia.com or sales@jalite-asia.com www.jalite-asia.com

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Customer Service

Customer Service

JALITE prides itself for its assistance to clients to find exactly the right product to meet their needs. Give us a call to guide your product selection.

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

General information , Products , Technical

JALITE Photoluminescent Vinyl

JALITE Photoluminescent Vinyl

JALITE Photoluminescent Vinyl is a complex four part laminated material purpose designed for durable safety markings, signs and tapes. The afterglow, luminace decay characteristics are very closely controlled and uniform and homogenous across the whole surface. The vinyl is extremely high strength and stable. The lamination is in the bulk and is not soft and easy to delaminate as polyester tapes. The adhesive is an excellent high bond strength permanant adhesive to ensure good service for wall signs and hand rail tapes. JALITE produces products that can meet Standards and specifications. For further information and quotations please contact us at jalite.

Evacuation plan , Legislation , Products , Training , Workplace Safety

Fire Safety Management

Fire Safety Management

Fire Safety Management has 5 key focus areas with a sixth added "Contingency". 1. Prevention 2. Escape 3. Communication 4. Confinement 5. Suppression 6. Contingency JALITE Photoluminescent Fire Safety signs and safety way-guidance systems support and reinforce each of these strategy focus areas and is a key element of the specific communication strategy. The contingency around the total failure of any obligatory, regulation electrical emergency lighting has always created demand for photoluminescent way guidance systems as well as the need for low location assistance to egress. A formal safety sign and escape route survey is an essential part of any fire safety policy as well as featuring as an integral part of fire risk assessment.

Evacuation plan , Tall building , Workplace Safety

Stay Safe in a Tall Building, Know the Plan

Stay Safe in a Tall Building, Know the Plan

In July of 2009, a fire broke out on the 9th floor of a 14-storey residency by the south of London. The fire quickly spread to the 11th floor where it took the lives of six residents. Weeks before the fire one of the victims had asked why there were no diagrams in the building to show where the emergency exits were. Those who perished in the fire had remained in their flat, but those who did escape the blaze described the scene as being “chaotic” and said that the maze-like layout of the building made evacuation extremely difficult. Why weren’t evacuation plans installed within the large, 14-storey building? An inquiry into the answer of that question began on January 14, 2013.   The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) released an article on their site that describes how to stay safe if you are in a tall building. The number one tip? Know the plan. The article says, “Make sure that you're familiar with your building's evacuation plan, which should illustrate what residents are supposed to do in the event of an emergency.” These all important diagrams were unfortunately absent from too many tragedies. Ensure that the occupants and staff in your facility stay safe and “know the plan.” Contact JALITE today to find out how you can install photoluminescent evacuation plans to identify the way out in both a light and dark emergency. With JALITE evacuation plans you can rest assured that - When the lights go out, ours go on™. 

Products , Technical , Workplace Safety

Safety Signs and Symbols

Safety Signs and Symbols

Safety Signs and Symbols Since the early 1970's, National and International Standards bodies have been working to provide best practice in the design of graphical symbol safety signs. The ultimate goal is to communicate effectively with safety signs and symbols that are independent of language. With base work being done in the 1990's on the process of standardization and coordination of efforts from all over the world, the keystone International Standard ISO 7010 was born. ISO 7010 -2011 has now completed a further revision to cover the vast majority of safety signs and symbols common to the workplace. Many more are in the process of standardisation covering more specialised fields and to provide essential accreditation to the best practice available for all the presently standardised safety signs from many other ISO sources and the world. JALITE has participated in this process now for more than 20 years and offers the ultimate service of design and conformance to best practice standards. It is expected that ISO 7010 will be adopted as the National Standard by many countries and has now become the European Standard as ISO EN 7010.

Products , Technical

JALITE Product Catalogues

JALITE Product Catalogues

JALITE Product catalogues are available online from local web sites or by searching the data base. Please see the following web sites www.jalite.com www.jalite.co.uk www.jaliteaaa.co.uk www.jalite-usa.com www.ul-exit-sign.com www.jalite-asia.com www.photoluminescent-signs.com www.jalitemarine.com www.jalite-marine.com See also publications from our sponsored magazine on fire safety at www.means-of-escape.com

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Fire Safety Sign

Fire Safety Sign

Fire Safety Signs communicate safety messages that: Secure the means of escape Give instruction and reinforce training Prohibit and restrict dangerous or risk behavior Warn of hazards to occupants and fire fighters Assist location of critical equipment When designed and installed to "good practice" fire safety signs provide a tool to perform the following functions: §  Meet the legislative /regulatory requirements §  Mirror image of the emergency and fire safety plan §  Mitigate and reduce risk identified by risk assessment §  Support Education and Training §  Inform and communicate safety messages in correct context §  Conspicuous element of the “Fire Safety Policy” in practice JALITE through its network of Authorised Distributors and industry contacts can assist in the formulation and implementation of effective, above minimum requirments fire safety signing policy, audits and surveys.

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JALITE Fire Safety Sign Survey

JALITE Fire Safety Sign Survey

The JALITE fire safety sign audit requires a close examination of the occupied area in order to assess that risks have been identified and mitigated with safety signs designed to good practice. Furthermore, that the fire safety signs are positioned appropriately and are clearly visible and understandable under the expected conditions of observation. A fire safety sign survey is an integral part of the required formal and legally enforceable fire risk assessment and can assist this process tremendously. For more information about the JALITE Fire Safety sign survey and how it forms a key part of Fire Safety Policy do not hesitate to ask for our free guides or contact our sponsored magazine and publications at www.means-of-escape.com It is also a requirement to ensure that all employees are given training and education to understand the safety signs displayed and to behave accordingly. JALITE produce a full range of training products to assist in this process.

Technical , Workplace Safety

ISO 7010 - 2011 Registered Safety Signs

ISO 7010 - 2011 Registered Safety Signs

ISO 7010 - 2011 is a milestone Standard for graphical symbol based safety communications. JALITE is totally commited to the best practice model of using consensus National and International Standards with the highest credentials for its products and has worked now in ISO Technical Committees and working Groups for nearly 20 years to be at the forefront of this process. JALITE safety sign products that conform to ISO 7010 - 2011 can be seen on all the group companies web sites and can be searched on the search function on this site by the unique ISO registration codes. www.jalite.com www.jaliteaaa.co.uk www.photoluminescent-signs.com www.jalitemarine.com

Marine and Offshore , Products

IMO SOLAS Signs

IMO SOLAS Signs

IMO Signs and Fire Control Plan (FCS) Signs are a requirement by all jurisdictions to meet SOLAS and Fire Protection regulations on board ship and marine structures. The JALITE Range is the most comprehensive photoluminescent product range and all ex stock. More details are available on the dedicated web sites www.jalite-marine.com www.jalitemarine.com or simply search our data base for product.

Training , Workplace Safety

JALITE Safety Sign Audit and Review

JALITE Safety Sign Audit and Review

Fire Safety Sign Audit & Review To provide a visual inspection (up to an hour), whilst on site, of the fire safety signs within an agreed scope that can include Means of escape route identification signs Emergency door opening devices signs Mandatory fire door notices Fire action notices Fire fighting equipment location and type identification Specific hazard identification signs (limitation to be agreed with client, such as mind the step hazards on means of escape route, main electrical intake) Specific prohibition notices (limitation to be agreed with client, such as  do not use the lift in event of fire) Assembly point location signs The Audit would look at the provision of fire safety signs expected to be in place for compliance with Legislation and Regulations.  This would include the existing signs and making an observation as to whether additional signs would be required.  In order to meet the requirements of legislation best practice advice would be given based on the relevant National and/or International Standards relating to the types of signs and their design. The Audit would be followed up with a short report which can include; Reference to the particular piece(s) of legislation needed to comply with Relevant Standard/Code of Practice recommendations are based on Without going into specifics whether or not their signs will meet current regulations.  This could be split into specific types of signs Whether additional signs would be required Whether some existing signs could be removed, including internally illuminated signs to reduce on-going energy consumption Whether or not a full fire safety signs survey would be recommended  

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JALITE in China

JALITE in China

JALITE has been present in China for over 8 years now and China is of critical strategic importance to the photoluminescent business world wide since it holds 95% of the world's known reserves of the rare earth elements required for the new high performance phosphors. These phosphors are essential for today's escape route lighting applications and UL924 Listed emergency lighting EXIT signs. Mainland China is now one of the world's leading consumers of photoluminescent safety products where safety way-guidance systems are common in public infrastructure such as subways, exhibition venues and airports. Road signs and building identification signs are also produced in retroreflecive and photoluminecent materials. JALITE high performance products and comprehensive range of aluminium signs and way-guidance markers are produced with the highest quality and productivity possible in our China manufacturing faciility.

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Restaurant Fires: Confinement is Key to Prevention

Restaurant Fires: Confinement is Key to Prevention

Every year, over 5,900 restaurant fires occur in the US alone. 57% of restaurant fires are confined and result in minimal injuries and damage, while 43% are nonconfined fires that are able to burn out of control. Infamous fires such as the Cocoanut Grove and the Station Nightclub became nonconfined fires when staff and/or patrons were unable to extinguish the fire before it spread. According to FireEngineering.com, had occupants been able to find fire extinguishers during that night at the Station Nightclub, the loss of life would have been far less than what occurred. The best way to prevent damage and loss of life in a restaurant fire is early detection and confining the fire before it spreads. This allows employees and patrons a chance to get out safely. While most restaurants in the US have readily available fire extinguishers, but most occupants are not aware of the location of the devices; rendering them useless. JALITE photoluminescent safety signs will allows anyone to find a fire extinguisher even in the darkest and smokiest conditions, giving them time to get out of danger. Visit our website or email us to find out more today!

Legislation , Technical , Training , Workplace Safety

ISO Signs and Symbols Standards affecting photoluminescent products

ISO Signs and Symbols Standards affecting photoluminescent products

A number of new ISO Signs and Symbol Standards have been published in the last year or are under revision and elaboration. The full series of ISO 3864 (parts 1 3 and 4) design principles are in the final stages of revision. ISO 24409 -1 for the design of shipboard safety signs has been published and ISO 24409-2 is progressing for the catalogue of shipboard safety signs many of which will be included in ISO 7010. All these standards are now impacting the safety sign and photoluminescent business. They cover design of safety signs, colour and photometric properties of safety signs, marine and offshore safety signs, water safety signs and escape and evacuation plans. JALITE has participated in the elaboration of all these Standards and if you want to find out what is going on just mail us.

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AAA Photoluminescent from JALITE

AAA Photoluminescent from JALITE

AAA Photoluminescent product from JALITE have the optimum performance characteristics of quick charging even at low ordinary illumination levels with unusually high initial brightness and longevity in the dark, luminance decay mode. JALITE AAA is now the base standard for any photoluminescent safety sign to be compared with and conforms fully to ISO 17398 Class C performance classification and is, as a result, satisfying requirements for Low Location Lighting under ISO 15370 - 2010 revision as well as ISO 3864-4 and ISO 23601 - 2009 for Safety Plan signs.

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Stairway and Floor numbering signage

Stairway and Floor numbering signage

To compliment egress path marking on walls, floors and steps, floor numbering, stair case identification and orientation signs are essential for smooth ordered and planned evacuation. It is just common sense to make it perfectly clear where people are and where they need to go in an emergency. If you are looking for a complete plan of orientation and stairway management and require a personalised service including instruction for cross over floors and escap path instruction do not hesitate to contact us at sales@jalite.com your problem will be solved !

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Transportation

Transportation

JALITE high performance products from the flagship JALITE AAA technology to JLUME long decay products are used on many passenger aircraft, passenger ships, buses and trains. All forms of transportation and transportation infrastructure benefits from safety wayguidance systems that function independantly to electrical systems and traditional emergency lighting. Road tunnels and underground rail stations in particular are benefitting directly from the installation of performance photoluminescent way guidance systems from JALITE.

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What is photoluminescence?

What is photoluminescence?

There are two types of photoluminescence and these are fluorescence and phosphorescence. Fluorescent materials absorb light and then emit light instantaneously at a different wavelength. Phosphorescent materials absorb light of short wavelength and then emit light slowly over time also at a different, longer wavelength. It is often the case that the two photoluminescent phenomena can occur at the same time and indeed JALITE produce special high visibility products that are highly conspicuous in both the "daylight" and dark condition to improve visibility of escape paths.These are shown in the picture above this article. Typical safety grade phosphorescent materials absorb in the UV, Blue light visible region (300 - 450nm) of the spectrum and emit in the yellow green (500- 600nm). JALITE materials are covered by the technically correct term phosphorescent. The energy needed to activate it is supplied by common light sources such as daylight, ordinary tungsten filament and the most effective fluorescent lights with a high colour temperature. Under sudden power loss situations, the material immediately appears very bright and is conspicuous at a distance, providing an effective, bright contrast for text and graphical symbols and ensuring that safety messages are quickly recognised. This assists people to orientate themselves so that they can react effectively and evacuate efficiently. JALITE materials are designed specifically to maximize both high initial brightness and persistence which is often expressed as long after glow.. Furthermore, as for the flagship products JALITE AAA and JALITE SB they can be charged easily at low illumination and with short exposure times to light energy.

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JALITE Photoluminescent Safety Products

JALITE Photoluminescent Safety Products

Photoluminescent Exit Signs, Occupational Health Safety Signs, Fire Safety Signs  and Escape path lighting Way Guidance Products. In 2006 in New York City all tall commercial buildings have been required to be fitted with stairwell egress systems according to RS 6-1 under Local Law 26. The basics of this Code have now been included in ICC/IBC Code 2009 as Luminous escape path marking. JALITE has the products and experience to handle any project in this application as a pioneer, leader and key player in formulating requirements.

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Fire Extinguishers and Hoses Become Unusable

Fire Extinguishers and Hoses Become Unusable

May 6th marks the first week of the 33rd annual International Code Council’s 2013 Building Safety Month, which sets out to raise awareness about building safety. In week one Fire Safety and Awareness is the theme and why we’d like to bring your attention to how fire equipment is being rendered useless. How?  Because fire safety equipment becomes hidden in the “everyday” of the workplace, or obscured in an emergency by smoke or a power outage. That is why this week we would like to discuss fire safety equipment location and identification. Last Year between 70,000 and 80, 000 workplace fires were reported in the U.S. alone, with over 200 death and 5,000 injuries received as a result. For this very reason, OSHA mandates that fire equipment not only be provided but also identified and maintained. Yet we here at JALITE have found that a disturbing number of employees have no idea where fire equipment is located under normal circumstances, never mind in an emergency. If employees cannot find fire equipment in an emergency then not only is the investment in the equipment wasted, but so are those first minutes that could have saved lives. So what is there to do? Over the past 30 years, JALITE has trained fire professionals on how to provide a low cost solutions that identifies life saving fire equipment, especially in an emergency. Our photoluminescent Fire Safety Signs are guaranteed to shine with exceptional brightness and long lasting illumination no matter the circumstance. For more information about fire safety and awareness, be sure to check out our past articles on high rise fires, nightclub fires, and the dangers of blocked exits in a fire

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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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Luminance according to DIN 67510

Luminance according to DIN 67510

According to DIN 67510 the luminance at 10 minutes decay time and at 60 minutes decay time are used to form a brief description of the luminance decay performance. Hence we have as follows these notations for the classifications of PSPA and ISO 17398 Luminance Classifications and DIN 67510 notation Class A    23/3 Class B    50/7 Class C   140/20 Class D   260/35 JALITE additions Class E 400/55 Class F 520/70 Class G 650/80

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Technical Service

Technical Service

JALITE Technical Service is here for one thing only and that is to solve problems. We grease wheels and get things moving and no project is too small or too big. Give us a call our technical skills can be assisting you in no time if you have a risk to be reduced or a product idea in mind.

Products , Technical

Distance factor Z for safety signs

Distance factor Z for safety signs

Many factors will influence the distance factor Z of a safety sign which is expressed as the ratio of the observation distance D and the size of the symbol or text d as follows : Z = D/d   the Z factor ( distance factor Z) is not the same for all graphical symbols the Z factor is influenced by the luminance of the sign (brightness appearance) the Z factor is influence by the luminance contrast between the symbol elements or text and the background the Z factor is influenced by the visual acuity of the audience the Z factor is influenced by the level of familiarity that the audience has with the symbol or text The revision of ISO 3864-1 should provide good guidance for the Exit sign of ISO 7010. UL924 legibility testing for Exit signs provides excellent data for the Z factor of photoluminescent signs of this quality illuminated with only 50 lux of ambient lighting after 90 minutes in complete darkness, It must be remembered that Z factor is always determined when the sign is observed "head on". For a sign to be legible and recognizeable it must of course be detected in the field of view within peripheral vision. Sign size is of course essential to making a sign conspicuous as is luminance and luminous contrast with the surroundings. However, it is essential the sign be mounted in a position facing the observer so that it can be clearly detected. The sign should also be positioned in the correct context to function effectively. Useful guidance is obtainable from JALITE and JALITE Authorised distributors which distinguishes professionals from printers.

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Exit Signs

Exit Signs

EXIT comes from 16th Century Latin verb Exire (third person singular of the verb Exire Ex = out Ire = go) used first in the theatrical sense he/she/it goes out. The word EXIT itself has, through common use over the ages, become a "symbol" for the door leading out of an enclosed area. EXIT has however a much broader use and often defined more generally as the way out of a troublesome situation. The one thing for sure is that in an emergency it is the goal to find the way to one as soon as possible and to move confidently towards the final EXIT door. It has been incredible over the last 25 years the number of opinions that have been voiced about how this can be done efficiently and effectively in the built environment and indeed building consensus at International level was very hard to come to but eventually was produced in ISO 16069. ISO 16069 has become the basis for all work and efforts for the specification and design of safety way guidance systems and especially for the detailed explanation and standardisation of the use of Exit signs and escape route direction signs. JALITE Exit Signs have the highest credentials and are the only company to produce the fully accredited ISO 7010 Emergency Exit signs meeting the requirements of ULC924 and are fully Listed.

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Safe Condition Safety Signs

Safe Condition Safety Signs

Means of Escape, First aid equipment identification and location and emergency instruction for people with special needs signs are categorized within safe condition signs. These signs have the colour green according to ISO 3864-4 and should be prominently displayed to meet fire safety and occupational health and safety regulations. The following sub categories are for convenience and can be searched for valuable information on the correct use. Emergency Equipment              First aid & emergency equipment            Emergency Equipment - Life Saving             Emergency Equipment - Evacuation             Rescue & Evacuation Equipment Means of Escape             Means of Escape - Exit             Means of Escape - Fire Exit             Means of Escape - Assembly Area             Means of Escape - Stairway & Floor ID             Means of Escape Door Escape mechanism & Panic hardware             Means of Escape - International Way guidance              Means of escape - directional             Means of Escape- UL Tested Exit

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Annual Inspections Required in NYC High Rise

Annual Inspections Required in NYC High Rise

5 years after the tragic events on 9/11, the New York City Council enacted Local Law 26 in order to make New York City's tall buildings safer. The law requires that building owners install photoluminescent exit signs and marking at every exit door, pathway, and stairs. The law also requires that building owners perform an annual inspection of their egress pathways and keep a record of these inspections. It has now been 7 years since Local Law 26 was enacted - Has your building performed its annual inspection within the last year? Did your photoluminescent system pass in its most recent inspection? Look no further than JALITE to supply you with what you need to bring your facility into compliance. As the first approved manufacturer of compliant products and the leading manufacturer to help write the code, you can be assured that JALITE Compliant is not only Code Compliant™ but will service well. Contact JALITE today to find out about inspection services and installations to meet the photoluminescent egress path requirements of Local Law 26.

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Photoluminescent signs and markings

Photoluminescent signs and markings

JALITE signs and markings made some 30 years ago are still functioning well in the mountains and civil defense bunkers of Switzerland. Now we celebrate 20 years of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the world is still as insecure as ever. The Swiss heritage for JALITE stands well for security and safety and never ending technological progress. Today's JALITE photoluminescent signs and marking are some 80 to 100 times brighter than the products still functioning well in the bunkers deep in the mountains of Switzerland and are now used to protect people in tall buildings and the means of escape everywhere. JALITE photoluminescent signs are principally produced in the JALITE AAA and SB flagship qualities showing unique quick charging and optical brightness under normal lighting conditions in the built environment.

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Quality in Photoluminescence

Quality in Photoluminescence

"JALITE Group is committed to a never ending process of continuous improvement to meet and exceed client needs and expectations" "JALITE Authorised Distributors share the quality philosophy to deliver product, installation and maintenance services to meet client requirements" JALITE has adopted Total Quality as a prime operating principle governing the exchanges of products and services both externally and internally within the enterprise. Performance against quality standards is continually monitored and deviations and defects studied for assignable causes. JALITE leads in performance testing and characterisation of photoluminescence and photoluminescent decay under normal installed lighting. Statistical Process control on key product attributes such as luminance decay characteristics is an essential element of conforming to the JALITE specifications. “Quality is free, but is the fruit of knowledge, experience, hard work, process and organisation” "Jalite Group can show you full traceability for all our products back to the 80’s and test data on performance testing – who else can?” "The photoluminescence and luminance decay characteristics and classification according to ISO 17398 of any photoluminescent safety product must be part of any product specification and controlled by the manufacturer”

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Mass Transport Systems

Mass Transport Systems

JALITE pionneered the application of photoluminescent safety way guidance systems in mass transport railways with research carried out with London Underground in the early 90's. A full scale egress exercise with wayguidance lines on the wall and platform was made giving egress speeds typical of ordered evacuation even under complete power loss situation.

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High visibility clothing

High visibility clothing

Most fire safety strategies called for responsible and appointed persons to act as stewards and shepheards during an emergency. These people are made conspicuous by wearing hi visibility clothing for ease of identification and indeed in case these people are unfortunate to be in need of assistance. Photoluminescent material adds to the other high visibility elements of flourescent colours and retroreflective to maximize the effectiveness under all conditions of search and rescue.

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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.

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Photoluminescent Exit Signs

Photoluminescent Exit Signs

Many people think that photoluminescent safety signs are only for marking the Exit door on escape paths, however they provide complete direction information along the escape path at high and low locations and alongside way guidance lines provide a complete safety way guidance system. Such systems have been installed in very high profile areas such as all of New York tall buildings, in the Pentagon and other sensitive areas where disaster preparedness has unfortunately become essential.Furthermore, they are used in millions of other smaller but also critical means of escape throughout the world. Time and time again, in fire and major disasters, the use of photoluminescent systems, completely independant of power sources other than the normal lighting, are proven to be effective to aid evacuation and saves lives. Under any type of formal fire risk assessment the requirement for photoluminescent Exit signs and Exit direction signs is immediately identifiable for most all the built environments and structures.

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Power Outages Across the North East will Wreak Havoc on Emergency Lighting Systems

Power Outages Across the North East will Wreak Havoc on Emergency Lighting Systems

   Many emergency lights and Exit signs use a backup battery to perform under emergency conditions, however they have don’t have the ability to differentiate between a power outage due to a hurricane and a power outage due to an emergency such as a fire in the facility – they will revert to battery power until normal power conditions are restored. Unfortunately the wide spread loss of power due to the recent storm will reduce the service life of the batteries in the traditional electrical emergency lighting systems and increase the maintenance costs, using more of the limited resources of facilities across the North East. Fortunately some facilities have taken steps to proactively reduce maintenance costs, and will not have to replace batteries in their EXIT signs as they have installed non-electric photoluminescent EXIT signs from Jalite. These UL Listed EXIT Signs are compliant with NFPA Life Safety Code 101 and the IBC code, and require NO additional power where conditions permit. (See below)* Contact Jalite to find a distributor near you, and reduce maintenance costs in your facility. Or visit our new website exclusively devoted to our full range of UL Listed EXIT signs. *A minimum of 5 foot candles of fluorescent ambient light must be on the face of the sign when occupied.

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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 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

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JALITE Photoluminescent Products

JALITE Photoluminescent Products

JALITE photoluminescent products and materials have been designed, manufactured and supplied as the core products of its extensive range of safety signs and related risk reduction products since the early 1970s. JALITE Group manufacture photoluminescent fire, health and safety, means of escape safety signs and safety wayguidance system components as well as other photoluminescent products for safety applications worldwide. Safety signs are produced to the International Language of Safety Signs and in many languages of the world. Other photoluminescent products include paints, marker tapes, photoline matting and high visibility clothing. Specialist signs are manufactured for marine and offshore applications. JALITE Products are assigned to the following product families:

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JALITE Photoluminescent Safety Products

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Fire Control Plan Symbol Signs

Fire Control Plan Symbol Signs

Fire Control Plan symbol signs are available from JALITE with full Class C luminance performance providing highly visible markings for fire control equipment in case of emergency. You can use Search on JALITE on this site for products you require by simply typing in the description and product documentation or you can visit our JALITE dedicated MArine web sites at www.jalite-marine.com and www.jalitemarine.com

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JALITE in the United States of America

JALITE in the United States of America

JALITE USA has its origins from a network created through the experts involved in the International Standardisation of Safety signs and Safety Labels. JALITE Inc now has the mandate to expand and service the JALITE distributor network throughout North America and to create demand through the development of products to meet North American clients' needs. The JALITE business model is based on the principle that clients want and need to be offered the very best practice in the design of safety product, the quality of safety product and the very best service and advise to use them most effectively. JALITE and its network of specialised safety distributor companies continuosly strive to fulfill this goal together. "JALITE delivering on its promises"

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JALITE Fire Safety Signs

JALITE Fire Safety Signs

JALITE Fire Safety Signs The following list gives an example of which elements would be covered by a JALITE fire safety signs survey: Means of Escape Signs (Exit and protected Fire or Emergency Exit): For a means of escape route to be effective, it is important that from any place within the building, occupants have directional information that will lead them to the nearest safe exit. It can be agreed to replace fire safety signs that do not conform to Standards and to look at placing additional signs where doubt may exist as to location of exits/fire exits. Note: “Above minimum requirements” will take notice of the overwhelming bank of research and evidence that directional signing at low location can significantly improve the possibilities of egress in difficult situations. Fire Safety Signs displayed within the whole visual field of high medium and low location offers the optimum way-guidance information and is a basis for Safety way-guidance systems. Mandatory Fire Door Signs: All escape routes have to be kept unobstructed and be accessible at all times. It is essential that fire doors are kept shut and that fire exits are kept clear. Emergency Door Opening Devices: The priority in any emergency requiring evacuation is to enable occupants to leave the building and reach a place of safety quickly. It is important that all escape and access mechanisms provided for use in an emergency are clearly identified and that operating instructions are clearly marked. Specific issues arise with the need to balance building security with ease of access to escape routes and free egress. Fire Action Notices: All occupants need to know what to do in the event of a fire and the procedures that need to be followed from a specific fire alarm call point. The essential training given can be reinforced with Fire Action Notices clearly visible and readable at all times. Evacuation and escape plans: The legal requirement in many jurisdictions should be fulfilled with clear and precise and correctly oriented plans. Evacuation and escape plans being essential for consultation during normal occupation of the building should also be seen in case of power failure. Escape plans are an integral part of fire safety signs. Fire Fighting Equipment Location Signs: Occupants always need to be aware of fire fighting equipment and alarm call points. These signs also identify the extinguisher type and the classes of fire it can be safely used on. A Fire Safety Signs Survey will examine their location and consider their capability to act as effective location devices in the area. Lift Signs: Lifts will normally not be used in the event of a fire. These fire safety signs will remind occupants not to use the lift in a fire situation. Identification of Hazards on and adjacent to the Means of Escape: These signs will help to identify hazards such as trip hazards, flammable substances and electrical hazards on the means of escape route. It is particularly important that these hazards are identified to protect anyone using these routes including any fire fighters that may be on the premises. Method of Operation Signs: Signs such as “push”, “pull” and “turn to open” will enable occupants to operate doors quickly and easily. Safe Area Fire Safety Signs: Safe areas for disabled occupants are required to offer a temporarily safe space to await assistance for their evacuation. Most codes require these areas to be clearly identified by signs. Hazard Identification Signs: Where there are residual risks, it is important that occupants and firefighters are made aware of these risks, particularly when adjacent or within a means of escape route. Prohibition Signs: Prohibition fire safety signs are used to enforce control risk measures by identifying specific forbidden behaviour to reinforce and complement formal training. Personal Protective Equipment Signs: Where there is a requirement for safety clothing to be worn personal protective equipment signs act as a reminder to those in the vicinity. Exterior Fire Safety Signs: Exterior fire safety signs include assembly point signs and mandatory fire exit keep clear signs that may be required on the outside of fire exit doors in order that the route is kept free from obstructions.

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Safety Wayguidance Systems

Safety Wayguidance Systems

Safety Way Guidance Systems are defined in ISO 16069 as system to provide conspicuous and unambiguous information and sufficient visual cues to enable people to evacuate an occupied area in an emergency along a specified escape route by using a comprehensive arrangement of visual components, signs and markings. Non-electrical safety way guidance systems use JALITE photoluminescent components and offer a safe guard against normal power loss and the possible failure of electrical emergency lighting. ISO 16069 gives the comprehensive group of way guidance Exit signs to be used to lead people effectively along an escape route to the final Exit and to the assembly point.  

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Disaster Preparedness: Hundreds Evacuated in the Dark when Generators Fail.

Disaster Preparedness: Hundreds Evacuated in the Dark when Generators Fail.

May13th marks week two of the International Code Council’s Building Safety Month focusing on Disaster Safety and Mitigation. With hurricane season being less than two months away, JALITE wants to know: As an employer, are you prepared to keep your employees safe during a disaster? NYU Hospital thought it was prepared when it installed backup generators. During 2012’s deadly Hurricane Sandy, which claimed the lives of almost 300 people and left over 8 million people without power, over 200 patients in NYU hospital were forced to be evacuated when their backup generators failed. With a hospital plunged into darkness, some patients had to be carried down 15 flights of stairs with only a flashlight to guide them. As we’ve mentioned before in our article about “slips, trip, and falls”, visual impairment when walking down stair is one of the leading causes of workplace injuries; a task made even more challenging when done in the dark. NYU wasn’t the only hospital evacuate in the darkness. In fact, several NYC hospitals were also evacuated due to power failures. With over 178 million power outages each year in the US, how do you safely evacuate a building? JALITE egress markers and stair markers are manufactured to guide you to safety under any circumstances; our photoluminescent technology makes is clear to see in even the darkest conditions. Contact us for more information!

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Become a JALITE Distributor

Become a JALITE Distributor

A Solid, Secure Partnership     JALITE has recognized that photoluminecent safety products need local customer support and services in order for end user clients to maximize their benefits from these products. Furthermore, the enormous breadth and depth of applications for photoluminescence in safety requires good client-supplier relationships. JALITE Distributors share the prime values of quality, integrity and providing a bundle of value added services and benefits along with the products. Best practice requires that little extra effort without a price tag. If you have an "above minimum requirements" client base when it comes to safety and you are interested to take on the JALITE range of products best suited to your clients and service capabilities just call or e-mail or fill in our contact form.

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E-mail us

E-mail us

  JALITE commits to answer your e-mails in 24 hours from your part of the world:   enquiries@jalite.com info@jaliteusa.com enquiry@jalite-asia.com

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JALITE Manufacturing

JALITE Manufacturing

JALITE manufactures and process 1000's of square meters of photoluminescent material each year for over 25 years no other company has this experience in this field

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Health and Safety Sign Association

Health and Safety Sign Association

The Health and safety sign association (HSSA) has two basic aims as follows create greater safety through the proper use of safety and other statutory signs. develop and maintain industry standards and act as an industry voice to those formulating standards and legislation internationally. www.hssa.co.uk

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Solve the Slips, Trips, and Falls Problem

Solve the Slips, Trips, and Falls Problem

 There are over 1 million people  injured and 12,000 fatalities due to falling down stairs each year; in people ages 64-84, falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths. In addition, businesses pay roughly over $11 billion a year on workplace accident. Statistics indicate the problem is actually getting worse, with the number of injuries from falling down stairs doubling in the last 10 years. Compare this to the number of fire injuries, which has been reduced by half, and one can see this issue must be addressed. There is a misconception that falling down stairs is due to poor traction, however building consultant expert and researcher Jake Pauls has found that it has more to do with people not properly seeing the stairs and misstepping. Experts suggest that you can prevent a misstep not only by improving lighting conditions, but also by marking the nosing of every step to make them more visible. That is why JALITE offers our range of stair markers, engineered to be visible in both normal and emergency conditions. For more information contact JALITE today.

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Mandatory action safety signs

Mandatory action safety signs

Mandatory notices help in preventing fires and in the eventuality of a fire limits the spread of fire by instructing occupants, be it in onboard ship or onshore locations, of the mandatory requirements within a fire safety policy. These notices should be displayed prominently and can be used as part of formal fire safety education and training. Mandatory action safety signs cover the whole range of personal protection equipment used to instruct workers to protect themselves appropriately in the workplace.

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Are Nightclubs Safe?: The 10th Anniversary of the Station Nightclub Fire

Are Nightclubs Safe?: The 10th Anniversary of the Station Nightclub Fire

Bars and nightclubs all around the world are under close scrutiny after a fire broke out in Brazil’s Kiss Nightclub, killing over 230 people. The fire, which was started by pyrotechnics set off by a band performing at the club, bared an eerie resemblance to the now infamous nightclub fire that occurred just 10 years ago. On February 20th, 2003 a rock and roll themed club in West Warwick, Rhode Island called Station Nightclub was hosting the band Great White when the band's manager set off pyrotechnics. Although the band had set off these pyrotechnics inside of other venues, the Station’s low and flammable ceiling was quickly set ablaze by a spark that quickly engulfed the nightclub and everyone inside. 100 people lost their lives in the fire, with many more seriously injured. With Kiss Nightclub fire last month and the 10th anniversary of the Station Nightclub fire this week, can we really say that nightclubs have become safer in the last ten years? While many sites offer helpful tips for patrons, such as the NFPA which urges club-goers to check for exits and be aware of their surroundings, owners and employees also need to be aware of imminent danger. Bouncer Online offers 8 tips for owners and employees to ensure that everyone has a safe evening. Their tips include making sure that the club is not over crowded and checking that all emergency exits are clearly labeled and easily accessible; two safety violations that experts say most commonly lead to a high death toll in theses nightclub tragedies. Ensure your nightclub clients are keeping the customers in your community safe, provide them with Jalite Safety signs such as our UL Listed EXIT Sign, and door hardware signs. When the lights go out, ours go on.™ Way-guidance floor signs and notices to Keep Exits Clear are also to be advised. All will shine up so nicely with Night club blue lights!!

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Photoluminescent luminance decay properties

Photoluminescent luminance decay properties

Photoluminescent Luminance decay properties of JALITE products. JALITE products are all systematically tested for photoluminescent decay properties according to the test procedures given in BS ISO 17398 and BS ISO 16069. These methods all relate back to the original milestone German Standard DIN 67510 Part 1. JALITE as founder member of the Photoluminescent Safety Products Association was instrumental in setting the industry classification system which was formally adopted in the above ISO Standards. With recent developments in Codes and Standards for Photoluminescent Safety Products and in line with the recognized industry development it is now considered necessary to extend the PSPA material classification systems as follows:  Luminance Classes ISO 17398 and PSPA proposals Classification/Luminance mcd/m2 2 mins 10 mins 30 mins 60 mins Class A 108 25 7 3 Class B 210 50 15 7 Class C 690 140 45 20 Class D 1100 260 85 35 Class E 1800 400 120 55 Class F 2300 520 155 70 Class G 3000 650 190 80   The capability now to extend the luminance decay properties to close to 30 times the performance of the old industry base standard is remarkable and opens the door to improved escape route lighting applications and the eventual replacement of electrical escape route lighting. For more technical details and luminance properties under different light sources and illumination conditions please register and contact us.

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Photoluminescent luminance decay

Photoluminescent luminance decay

JALITE products are all systematically tested for photoluminescent luminance decay properties according to the test procedures given in BS ISO 17398 and BS ISO 16069. These methods all relate back to the original milestone German Standard DIN 67510 Part 1. JALITE as founder member of the Photoluminescent Safety Products Association was involved heavily in setting the industry classification system which was formally adopted in the above ISO Standards. With recent developments in Codes and Standards for Photoluminescent Safety Products and in line with the recognized industry development it is now considered necessary to extend the PSPA material classification systems as follows:   Luminance Classes ISO 17398 and PSPA proposals Classification/Luminance mcd/m2 2 mins 10 mins 30 mins 60 mins Class A 108 23 7 3 Class B 210 50 15 7 Class C 690 140 45 20 Class D 1100 260 85 35 Class E 1800 400 120 55 Class F 2300 520 155 70 Class G 3000 650 190 80 The capability now to extend the luminance decay properties to close to 30 times the performance of the old industry base standard is remarkable and opens the door to improved escape route lighting applications and the eventual replacement of electrical escape route lighting. For more technical details and luminance properties under different light sources and illumination conditions please e-mail or contact us.

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JALITE PRODUCT Families

JALITE PRODUCT Families

JALITE Group designs, manufactures and distributes products in the following JALITE product families: JALITE Photoluminescent Safety Signs JALITE Photoluminescent Vinyl Tapes JALITE Photoluminescent Plastic and Metal Materials JALITE Photoluminescent Coatings JALITE Photoluminescent Safety Way guidance components JALITE Photoluminescent Safety and Escape Plans JALITE Photoluminescent Clothing JALITE Photoluminescent Floorings JALITE Ordinary safety signs, tags and labels JALITE Facility Signs

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Emergency Lighting Exit Signs

Emergency Lighting Exit Signs

The field of emergency lighting has been traditionally dominated by electrically powered signs for quite some time and has ventured into the realm of fire safety despite its prime function of operating in the case of power failure and not specifically of fire. However, it is fairly unknown that there exists a proven, cost effective alternative, that operates under all lighting conditions and especially in cases where normal and emergency lighting are not functioning.  This alternative exists in the form of JALITE photoluminescent technology. This technology works by means of photoluminescent properties retaining any energy from any sources of ambient light. Upon cessation of the ambient light, the photoluminescent product emits the stored energy as highly visible light in the most sensitive region of detection of the human eye. Photoluminescent technology is a more sensible option simply because of its effectivness combined with the energy and maintenance cost savings which potentially exist for a variety of facilities.  For example, JALITE UL924 designed exit signs can meet the international ISO and U.S. NFPA codes as well as the N.Y.C. building codes. Now if it's possible to economically provide emergency lighting Exit and directional signing to an entire high rise building at a significantly lower cost compared to the expenses electrical, emergency lighting would cost, why wouldn't you? Call JALITE INC now

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ISO 3864-4 Safety Sign Colours and photometric properties

ISO 3864-4 Safety Sign Colours and photometric properties

  This part of ISO 3864 establishes the colorimetric and photometric requirements and test methods for the colours of safety signs to be used in workplaces and public areas. It provides the colorimetric and photometric specifications for the named safety and contrast colours prescribed in ISO 3864-1. The physical requirements that safety signs have to meet are primarily related to daytime colour and normally lit environments. This part of ISO 3864 also includes the colorimetric requirements and test methods for safety signs and phosphorescent material which also operate in unlit environments. This part of ISO 3864 is applicable to all locations where safety issues related to people need to be addressed. However, it is not applicable to signalling used for guiding rail, road, river, maritime and air traffic and, generally speaking, to those sectors subject to a regulation that may differ. The colorimetric and photometric properties of retroreflective safety signs, retroreflective materials combined with fluorescent or phosphorescent materials, or luminous safety signs activated by a radioactive source are not specified in this part of ISO 3864. To measure the colour of photoluminescent materials in the dark condition a luminance value in the saturated condition requires minimum luminance values. JALITE materials fully satisfy these requirments as required also for ISO 15370 Low Location Lighting Arrangement for ships.

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UL924 Exit Signs

UL924 Exit Signs

Using photoluminescent technology JALITE UL Listed Exit signs harvest the energy from existing light sources in your facility to provide a long lasting and highly visible sign, even after a loss of power. JALITE UL924 Listed Photoluminescent Exit Signs come in Red or to be recommended safety Green and have convenient field applied chevrons to indicate direction when necessary. They are also available in printed PVC or Aluminum and products have been designed to meet both the 50 feet and 75 feet observation requirments after 90 minutes of total darkness. JALITE has pionnered the design and listing of UL924 Listed Exit signs using the ISO 7010 Graphical symbol with the meaning EXIT. A dedicated product site is available for UL 924 Listed EXIT signs at www.ul-exit-sign.com

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Real Risks: Christmas Decorations at the Office

Real Risks: Christmas Decorations at the Office

Within the Christmas Season, it’s easy to get caught up in all the little things and forget about what’s important. According to FEMA, statistics show that the largest amount of structural fires happen within the Fall and Winter months (which would be from October to March). As of 2010, winter residential building fires estimated an average of 945 deaths, 3,825 injuries, and $1,708,000,000 in property damage. To limit  the risks from your office decorations and to find out  how to  prevent a fire this season FEMA has some tips you can find by going to their website. From all of us at Jalite to you, have a Happy and Safe Christmas!

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ISO 17398 Performance of safety signs

ISO 17398 Performance of safety signs

This Standard now gives the basis for quality attributes for photoluminescent materials and safety signs. JALITE has been a leading contributor to both National and International Standards with the objective of helping authorities specify products for the safety needs. Needless to say JALITE manufactures the full range of materials from Classifications A to D and has its unique grades of JALITE AAA and JLUME both simply brilliant in their category. It is now accepted that to meet the vast majority of codes and standards for photoluminescent safety products and applications that products have a minimum performance classification of Class C according to ISO 17398. JALITE AAA and JALITE SB products largely exceed this requirement with added benefits of high brightness and quick charge. ISO 17398:2004 specifies requirements for a performance-related classification system for safety signs according to expected service environment, principal materials, photometric properties, means of illumination, fixing methods and surface. Performance criteria and test methods are specified in ISO 17398:2004 so that properties related to durability and expected service life can be characterized and specified at the time of the product's delivery to the purchaser. ISO 17398:2004 does not cover electrical power supplies, their components or electrically powered elements. It also does not cover properties of illuminating components, but the photometric properties for the particular types of safety signs are covered.

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JALITE Distributors support application sectors

JALITE Distributors support application sectors

JALITE products are available from a worldwide network of Authorised Distributors committed, with us to provide: Rapid and responsive order processing and delivery Technical service and support on product requirements Competitive quotations and advice on special sign design and requirements Authorized distributors and dealers for JALITE photoluminescent safety products now support the following major market and application areas throughout  the world Marine safety and low location lighting systems. International Maritime Organisation (IMO) safety signs. Offshore oil and exploration platforms and installations. Fire protection and fire safety equipment location signs. Fire alarm location signs and security escape lighting systems. Aircraft and train safety signs and floor proximity escape route lighting. Road signs and tunnel emergency escape route marking. Military, navy and civil defence emergency lighting. Power generation, nuclear power installation evacuation route marking systems. Office and laboratory safety equipment supplies. Evacuation equipment supplies, service and maintenance.

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JALITE Product Categories

JALITE Product Categories

JALITE Product Families are divided into categories and sub categories based on the type of product and use: Safety Signs Safe Condition Fire Fighting Equipment Prohibition Warning Mandatory Instructions and Notices Safety Tags Facilities Signs General information Hygeine Table Top Property Security and Smoking areas Special facilities for people with special needs Safety Way guidance Stairnosing Stair and stair edge strips and markers Corner edge and obstacle markers Low Location Lighting Escape path - Demarcation lines Safety Clothing High visibility jackets Armbands Safety Coatings Solvent Free Epoxy system Water based paint Custom coatings Safety Tapes Go Shine and Glo Warning Handrail marking Wall marking Photoluminescent materials PVC plastics - rigid sheets/boards Self adhesive Vinyl Coated aluminium Coated stainless steel JALITE Ordinary Safety Signs, tags, labels and posters White non photoluminescent safety signs Safety Tags Safety Posters Education and training products    

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Train tunnels in Spain

Train tunnels in Spain

SEÑALIZACIÓN DE EMERGENCIAY BALIZAMIENTO Señalización y balizamiento fotoluminiscente Jalite o similar sera en ACERO con aleación de Níquel-Cromo-Molibdeno, Ni-Cr-Mo 1,4404 de 1mm de espesor, con características fotoluminiscentes en base a pigmentos de aluminatos de estroncio inorgánicos (SrAl2O4: Eu, Dy) totalmente inertes con resistencia a la temperatura de más de 1.000 ºC. Se debe estimular lumínicamente con luz ambiental baja y debe tener una respuesta lumínica mínima de densidad fotoluminiscente superior a 560mcd/m2 a los 10 min. y una atenuación superior a 5.700 min., medidos según Norma UNE 23035/03.   The photoluminescent properties for this type of escape route marking is a special type of Class where the 10 minute brightness is of particular importance and has been a feature of JALITE products since the time of very high initial brightness pigments with shorter decay times.

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BS ISO EN 7010

BS ISO EN 7010

ISO 7010:2011 prescribes safety signs for the purposes of accident prevention, fire protection, health hazard information and emergency evacuation. The shape and colour of each safety sign are according to ISO 3864-1 and the design of the graphical symbols is according to ISO 3864-3. ISO 7010:2011 is applicable to all locations where safety issues related to people need to be addressed. However, it is not applicable to the signalling used for guiding rail, road, river, maritime and air traffic and, in general, to those sectors subject to a regulation which may differ with regard to certain points of ISO 7010:2011 and of the ISO 3864 series. ISO 7010:2011 specifies the safety sign originals that may be scaled for reproduction and application purposes. ISO TC 145 SC2 is the Technical committee responsible for the standardisation of graphical symbols for safety signs and is composed of world experts in the field of safety signs and safety way guidance systems. This Technical Committee is responsible also for other key Standards in the field of photoluminescent signs and materials.

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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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Photoluminescent Door Markings

Photoluminescent Door Markings

In an emergency, ensuring your occupants can find the exit door is rarely neglected, but ensuring they will easily open the door when they have to, has been tragically overlooked. Past fires have proven that occupants were able to find the exit door, however due to smoke or power outages, they were unable to find the hardware to open it, succumbing to smoke inhalation only inches from safety. Ensure the safety of the staff at your facility and mark your egress hardware with JALITE Photoluminescent tapes and door signs. Want to get it done? Contact us to find a Distributor.

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Fire Safety Tip

Fire Safety Tip

Fire safety equipment can vary from one facility to another depending on regulation, but for sure the risks in case of fire is common to them all. A commitment to safety from fire is one that incorporates the right safety equipment such as fire alarms, fire hoses, fire extinguishers, or full fire suppression systems matched to the risk. Regardless of which safety measure is in place at your facility, each requires providing the occupants with information in the event of a fire. Information as basic as where the equipment is located to information as sophisticated as what type of fire can be fought, or when and how to evacuate an area during an emergency. This information can be critical to saving lives. JALITE offers a wide range of standard fire safety signs so you can be confident that the required message can be communicated and with our high brightness material you can be sure it will be communicated when it’s needed – lights on or off! That’s right, in a fire, the potential for a loss of power is high as well as the obscuring of light due to smoke, so take a fire safety tip from JALITE, use JALITE  photoluminescent fire safety signs to identify your fire safety equipment and inform your occupants on what to do in the event of a fire. Contact us to find out where you can purchase Jalite Fire Safety Signs

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ISO EN 7010 New Amendment 4

A new amendment to ISO EN 7010 has been published which formalises the addition of shipboard safety signs to the workplace and public place safety sign arena. 48 safety signs are now standardized in ISO EN 7010 and fully meet the design requirements of ISO 3864 Standards. These safety signs are an integral part of the Shipboard Safety Sign Standard ISO 24409-2 to be published shortly.

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Find an Authorized JALITE Distributor near you

Find an Authorized JALITE Distributor near you

If you are seeking a local JALITE Authorised Distributor, then the first thing to do is to ask your existing or closest reputable fire protection or safety products supply company. It is highly likely they are already a stockist/reseller of JALITE photoluminescent safety products. All JALITE products meeting the required standard carry the JALITE Registered Mark so never take a substitute. All reputable safety companies can easily secure the necessary information from us in order to be able to supply you rapidly. If you are normally purchasing safety products from a catalogue and the catalogue is not carrying the JALITE branded safety signs then please send us details and we will gladly contact them to see if they will satisfy your needs. If you can identify clearly your product requirments from our web site please send them to us directly and we will make sure that they can be supplied to you from an existing Authorized JALITE Distributor as close to you as possible. In all cases we are here to help you on enquiries@jalite.com

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JALITE INC

JALITE INC

JALITE INC is supporting North and South American clients and users expanding the applications of UL924 Photoluminescent Signs, Safety wayguidance systems in tall buildings as well as use in transportation. Technical and Customer Service support is given in long established applications of Military, Aviation and Marine and Offshore sectors

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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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JALITE Stair nosing and egress path markers

JALITE Stair nosing and egress path markers

JALITE photoluminescent stair nosing are combined with demarcation lines, way guidance signage, handrail markings and other components to provide a complete stairwell egress system according to code. Contact JALITE for a full survey to be arranged and support service for installation and maintenance through the JALITE Distributorship network.

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Prohibition safety signs

Prohibition safety signs

Prohibition fire safety signs are used to enforce control risk measures by identifying specific forbidden behaviour to reinforce and complement formal training. Of course, in fire safety management as well as under Health and Safety regulations in the work place it is essential to prohibit and restrict behaviour that can create a fire risk or a risk of injury. JALITE photoluminescent signs are very conspicuous in all lighting conditions and attract attention hence adding to their effectiveness. JALITE signing provided immediate, visible proof to employees and inspectors of the seriousness of the safety policy and practices in an enterprise.

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The Key to Tunnel Safety: Getting Out

The Key to Tunnel Safety: Getting Out

At 8pm the evening of August 10, 1903 in Paris’ popular Couronnes underground subway passengers anxiously awaited to make their way home. Then an empty train that had caught fire made its way into the station. While at first thought to be under control, the fire soon grew and overwhelmed the stations. With the power cut and smoke quickly spreading, it claimed the lives of 84 people. While this is one of the earliest tunnel tragedies, it certainly wasn’t the last: - On November 18, 1987 31 people were killed when a similar fire broke out in the King’s Cross tube tunnels when they became disoriented and trapped by darkness and smoke. - On March 24, 1999 truck fire in the Mont Blanc Tunnel in the Alps killed 38 people who were trapped in the tunnel and unsure of what to do. - On December 2, 2012 the collapse of the Sasago Tunnel in Japan killed 9 people and trapped many more when concrete paneling from the ceiling of the tunnel collapsed and ignited vehicles below. Preventing such tragedies may not be possible, but there are ways to prepare for them that enhances the safety of our citizens using tunnels. According to the US Fire Association the number one cause of death in a fire is smoke inhalation, not the actual flames. As was the case in the tunnel disasters stated above: inhaling toxic smoke was the leading cause of death. Knowing how to exit is key to surviving any fire and it’s no different in a tunnel. AAA.com has a safety checklist for what to do if in a tunnel emergency. In the event of a fire the checklist states that you should not try to extinguish a car fire unless it has just started, and if it is not possible to extinguish the fire to leave immediately through the nearest emergency exit. Photoluminescent markings provide a reliable and highly visible way to identify exits throughout a tunnel. Charged by the ambient light they’re always ready for service. That’s why you’ll find JALITE egress markers and safety signs light the way in many tunnels today. Such tunnels include: - The Hindhead Tunnel in London, England. - The Cross Harbor Tunnel in Hong Kong, China - The SeaTac Tunnel in Seattle, Washington - The Lincoln Tunnel in New York City, New York - And more!

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OSHA Compliant Exit Signs

OSHA Compliant Exit Signs

JALITE OSHA Compliant Exit Signs meet OSHA Federal Register: 1910.37 (b) (4) and 1910.37 (b) (7). They reliably identify the direction to the nearest exit under both normal and emergency conditions. JALITE Exit signs have both left and right peel-and stick chevrons provided to indicate the correct direction of travel. They are also available in the Flange Sign or Flag sign option double sided for optimum visual attributes in corridors. JALITE OSHA Approved Exit Signs meet and exceed all of OSHA's requirements for Exit signs. Ensure your workplace is fully compliant with OSHA regulations using the appropriate JALITE OSHA Approved Exit Sign.

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JALITE world wide

JALITE world wide

JALITE on three continents JALITE Group companies in the UK, USA and Asia provide Sales, Logistic and Technical support to JALITE Authorised Distributors world wide. Manufacturing in Europe and Asia provide a guaranteed supply chain. Performant, reliable, consistent, efficient and competitive around the world. For Contact details please see About us.

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JALITE Authorised Distributors

JALITE Authorised Distributors

JALITE Authorised Distributors sell and service the JALITE range of safety products worldwide. To find a distributor near you see Distributors or contact us immediately with your requirements

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Career challenges in JALITE safety products

Career challenges in JALITE safety products

The following positions are presently open in Head Office Sales Coordinator Product Manager Technical Service Coordinator Graphic Designer Sales and Marketing positions are open in both JALITE INC and JALITE Asia Ltd   Interested ambitious and extremely dedicated candidates are invited to send detailed CV and accompanying letter in own hand writing to JALITE PLC by mail or be e-mail to enquiries@jalite.com    

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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.

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High Rise, Exit Path Markings

High Rise, Exit Path Markings

New York City was the first legal jurisdiction to adopt as law the use of photoluminescent technology in the vertical exits of high rise facilities.The common terminology for this requirement is Stairwell Egress path marking however in photoluminescent terms is Safety Way guidance system (SWG) or non-electrical, escape route lighting. JALITE is proud to have played a part of this development. JALITE was the only manufacturer of photoluminescent safety products on the New York City task force that developed their reference standard (RS6-1) for high rise exit path markings as per NYC Local law 26. RS6-1 became the basis for revisions to the 2009 IBC, NFPA and Canadian building codes. JALITE is playing a major part in satisfying the needs of building owners and facilities management as we observe the progressive adoption of the IBC 2009 Code throughout the world.

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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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High Rise, Exit Path Markings

High Rise, Exit Path Markings

New York City was the first legal jurisdiction to adopt as law the use of photoluminescent technology in the vertical exits of high rise facilities.The common terminology for this requirement is Stairwell Egress path marking however in photoluminescent terms is Safety Wayguidance system (SWG) or non-electrical, escape route lighting. JALITE is proud to haveplayed a big part of this development. JALITE was the leading manufacturer of photoluminescent safety products on the New York City task force that developed their reference standard for high rise, exit path markings (RS6-1) in accordance with their Local law 26. RS6-1 and which became the basis for revisions to the IBC, NFPA and Canadian building codes. JALITE is playing a major part in satisfying the needs of building owners and facilites management as we observe the progressive adoption of the IBC 2009 Code throughout the world.

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Background to JALITE Group

Background to JALITE Group

JALITE Group has its origins in Switzerland in the late 1970's.The first Trade Mark application for JALITE was the Swiss registration in 1981 with an International Mark filed under the Madrid Convention at the same time. The JALITE name was established throughout the world in the 1980's  and became synonymous for photoluminescent materials and products specifically designed and manufactured for life safety applications. Since these early days, the world has experienced a series of very serious tragedies that have continued to reinforce the need for non-electrical escape route lighting and guidance systems at low location. These systems have to be completely autonomous and independent of traditional electrical emergency lighting systems. Furthermore, these systems are located in close proximity to evacees at floor or low level and are reinforced by the more normal high mounted signs and direction indicating elements used for normal occupancy of the building. JALITE Group has continued to grow progressively from its origins in Switzerland to now offer its product internationally from regional offices on three continents and manufacturing in both Europe and Asia to an ever increasing number of third party distributors serving local market needs and applications.. JALITE PLC in Basildon, Essex, United Kingdom is the Head Quarters of JALITE Group and since its creation in 1983 has been at the forefront of the development of applications in the many and diverse areas of risk reduction using photoluminescence. JALITE Products are sold via a network of Authorised Distributors. The JALITE Authorised Distributors work within specific geographical and application markets.

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Safety Signs categories

Safety Signs categories

Safety Sign categories are further sub divided to groups of products with similar functions as follows: Safe Condition Emergency Equipment First aid & emergency equipment Emergency Equipment - Life Saving Emergency Equipment - Evacuation Rescue & Evacuation Equipment Means of Escape - Exit Means of Escape - Fire Exit Means of Escape - Assembly Area  Means of Escape - Stairway & Floor ID  Means of Escape Escape mechanism & Panic hardware Means of Escape - International Way guidance Means of escape - directional  Means of Escape- UL Exit Signs  Fire Fighting Equipment Fire Fighting Identification Fire Fighting Equipment Location Flooding Extinguisher Warning Fire Fighting Equipment Notices & Fire Safety Systems Fire Fighting Equipment   Training Aid  Fire Fighting Equipment Location   Fire Alarm Signs  Fire Fighting Equipment Location   Fire control equipment identification  Marine Fire Control Plan Symbol Signs Mandatory Instruction and notices Emergency Evacuation & Muster Instructions  Personal Protective Equipment & Safety Instructions  Fire Action Notices  Fire Safety Instruction Notices Prohibition Smoking, sparks and ignition Control Access and security control Health and Safety behaviour control      Hazard - Warning Hazardous Chemicals -HAZCHEM Labels

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Safety Way guidance research in Canada

Safety Way guidance research in Canada

The Publication of research findings from the first real evacuations on stairwells by the late Dr Guylene Proulx was a milestone in the development of photoluminescent safety way guidance systems. With the research carried out in the UK at the Building Reseach Establishment, under the leadership of Dr Gerry Webber the basis for standards such as BS 5266 - 6 and then ISO 16069 Safety Way guidance systems was given. JALITE has actively and continually supported research in the field and is absolutely committed to support claims of benefits of photoluminescent safety products with hard data.

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Brightness Rating MEA

Brightness Rating MEA

The Brightness Rating of a photoluminescent product is the statement of the luminance decay properties after illumination with 2 ft candles of white (4000-4500oK) fluorescent lights for 2 hours. The statement is the luminance after 10 minutes, 60 minutes and 90 minutes after activation. The minimum requirement for New York City stairwell egress systems is MEA BR 30-7-5. Brightness Rating BR is noted on all components of systems approved by the New York Building Division Material Evaluation and Acceptance Department for use in High Rise Egress Path Marking Systems to be used to meet Local Law 26 RS6-1 of New York City. JALITE AAA and JLUME materials were used by the New York City Building Division as basic calibration materials for independant testing laboratory approval and were the first materials approved for this application. Many more details are available from JALITE Technical Service to provide clear understanding about expected performance under all types of illumination conditions. Needless to say with JALITE competence and experience in this field sytems can be produced to satisfy all requirements. It is fundamental however to note that ALL photoluminescent systems require illumination in order to function. Adequate illumination of the best type possible will provide always the necessary and best possible results.

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Fire safety consultants

Fire safety consultants

JALITE is associated with a number of companies that offer professional and thorough risk assessment advice and guidance and in particular are capable of carrying out a fire safety sign survey according to Standards and good practice. Further information can be found from Means of Escape Publications Ltd at www.means-of-escape.com

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Photoluminescent Safety Signs

Photoluminescent Safety Signs

JALITE Photoluminescent Safety Signs are safety signs which are produced using phosphorescent material that absorb light energy under normal lighting conditions and will then release this stored energy in the form of light over time. If the lighting is lost or obscured during a power failure or an emergency, JALITE Photoluminescent Safety Signs will remain conspicuous and visible to evacuees and emergency services providing essential safety information and instruction. The brightness of the signs on power loss and length of time over which the safety signs remain visible depends on the amount of light illuminating the sign prior to the emergency and the performance classification of the material chosen. JALITE has led the way in performance standards for photoluminescent safety signs and related safety way guidance products for well over 30 years. The photoluminescent safety signs using JALITE AAA and JALITE SB quality are of course the best in their Class! These products show exceptional brightness and longevity while being quick charging even at low light levels. For more information or a catalogue please browse the website or use the "Search function on JALITE" with words or questions for related material. A direct enquiry e-mail to info@jalite.com will receive our immediate attention.

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JALITE Nosing for Stair Leading Edge

JALITE Nosing for Stair Leading Edge

JALITE nosing for the leading edge of the stair fulfill OSHA Requirement for stairs as well as providing the key element for stairwell egress path marking under IBC/IFC code: 1910.24(f) "Stair treads." All treads shall be reasonably slip-resistant and the nosings shall be of nonslip finish. Welded bar grating treads without nosings are acceptable providing the leading edge can be readily identified by personnel descending the stairway and provided the tread is serrated or is of definite nonslip design. Rise height and tread width shall be uniform throughout any flight of stairs including any foundation structure used as one or more treads of the stairs. To fulfill its responsibility to provide a safe workplace, OSHA requires that stair treads be reasonably slip-resistant and that in particular the stair nosing have a slip resistant finish. In addition the leading edge of each step should be readily identified by someone descending the stairwell. JALITE stair nosing and thresholds not only provide a slip resistant finish but are highly visible under normal conditions and power loss conditions, ensuring  that your facility does not just comply, but exceeds the OSHA requirements.

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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 Authorized Distributor

JALITE Authorized Distributors are typically: Fire Protection and Prevention companies Fire Fighting equipment supply and service companies Fire Safety Management consultant companies Facilities Management companies Janitorial Service and Property Maintenance companies Electrical Supply and Contract companies Safety sign companies Leading Safety products catalogue companies Marine and Offshore chandler, service and supply companies

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JALITE Management

JALITE Management

"It is our strong belief that 80% of all quality problems are caused by management and we accept our responsibility for the system and lead by example to seek improvement in all our work efforts", says Jim Creak Managing Director JALITE PLC

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FREE Samples of JALITE AAA 'L' Shaped Step Markers

FREE Samples of JALITE AAA 'L' Shaped Step Markers

Free samples is the most common request over our 30 year history. However for any business it's a difficult request to consistently fulfill and stay in business! But if you like many before you have an interest in using photoluminescent products to enhance the safety of your facility, contact us now and you can get a FREE Sample of the famous JALITE 'L' shaped marker, to see how brilliant our AAA material is. Or better yet,  purchase a pack for 20 steps and test it on your stairwell. Either way send us an e-mail with  "L-Marker Offer" in the subject and your contact information and we send you a free sample to demonstrate our product in your facility. This offer will not last long, why wait? e-mail us at: sales@jaliteusa.com

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JALITE Multiple Safety Signs

JALITE Multiple Safety Signs

JALITE Multiple safety signs are purpose designed complete safety messages to handle risk situations that may arise as a result of human operations or interactions. They cover a warning of the hazard that may arise and the prohibited behaviour and mandatory actions that are to be followed to mitigate the potential risk. JALITE Multiple safety signs are designed according to design principles using graphical symbols and text to provide a comprehensive safety message. A full range of products are available for example for the many different deluge and extinguishing systems used to protect certain areas in work places and installations. JALITE product literature is associated with this article to illustrate standard JALITE Multiple safety sign products. If you have a specific risk situation that you wish to minimize with the use of a purpose designed multiple safety sign please ask your JALITE Distributor or send us you problem and we will see to it that your problem is solved. sales@jalite.com

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Warning safety sign

Warning safety sign

Warning sign in fire safety is for the identification of hazards on and adjacent to the Means of Escape: These JALITE signs will help to identify hazards such as trip hazards, flammable and hazardous substances and electrical hazards on and near the means of escape route. It is particularly important that these hazards are identified to protect anyone using these routes including any fire fighters that may be on the premises. All JALITE photoluminescent safety signs provide extra visible cues in and adjacent to escape routes and help orientation in an emergency. They are a key element of education and training and being conspicuous in both the light and dark surroundings are a key reminder of safety. Each JALITE sign in the work or public environment is a beacon of light in power failure and an immediate, visible sign of an active safety policy.

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IMO Updates Guidelines for Fire Protection System Maintenance Requirements

IMO Updates Guidelines for Fire Protection System Maintenance Requirements

ATTENTION: The REVISED GUIDELINES FOR THE MAINTENANCE AND INSPECTION OF FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS AND APPLIANCES has been issued by the IMO. Member Governments are invited to apply the annexed Guidelines when performing maintenance, testing and inspections in accordance with SOLAS regulation II-2/14.2.2.1 on or after 31 May 2013 and bring the annexed Guidelines to the attention of ship owners, shipmasters, ships' officers and crew and all other parties concerned. You can view the revised guidelines here. Included in these guidelines are various system maintenance and tests to be performed at various intervals from weekly & monthly to 5 & 10 year maintenance.  Included in the test requirements are fire extinguishing systems such as fire mains and pump, foam and water mist systems as well as the Low Location Lighting on a weekly basis, and a 5 year test in accordance with the procedures in resolution A.752(18). The majority of these Fire protection systems have associated signs that may also need to be updated or replaced.  You can find the full range of JALITE FIRE CONTROL SYMBOL SIGNS on our website: www.jalitemarine.com. Contact JALITE to obtain a quote or find one of our authorized Marine distributors.

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Dual Language safety signs

Dual Language safety signs

Many countries and jurisdictions require safety communications to be unambiguous and understood by two or sometimes more audiences using different languages. While using grahical symbols that are well designed and in particular chosen at International Level in ISO 7010 as having a good level of comprehension between groups of different cultures the use of "supplementary" text is still often recommended in many cases. In areas operating dual language communications, safety signs are designed and produced using Dual Language text. JALITE proposes Dual Language text safety signs for many countries and in particular where the English Language is required for an International Audience as well as the local language.

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JALITE Inc USA

JALITE INC 202 7th Street, Matamoras, Pennsylvania PA 18336 USA Tel: 800 901 4374 Tel: +1 570-491-2205 Fax: +1 570-491-2206 E-mail: info@jaliteusa.com or sales@jaliteusa.com www.jaliteusa.com www.ul-exit-sign.com

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JALITE Product Options

JALITE Product Options

JALITE Product Options: Design Code Safety message or meaning Material Aluminium, Flexible or rigid  PVC,  Reverse Print PVC, Polycarbonate etc. Sign format Flat, Flag/Flange, Panoramic, Square, Landscape and Portrait Size Standard sizes given as a size code or depending on observation distance (Z factor) Luminance performance ISO 17398 Class C Standard JALITEAAA and JALITESB JLUME D Class or Higher performance on demand Fabrication and finishing options are available: Protective surface coating with UV protection Rounded or shaped corners Self adhesive applied Drill holes Mountings and supports Corporate identity Just contact us and we can add an option especially for you !

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"Deadly serious about safety signs"

Safety signs produced to JALITE best practice have at least 10 key features that distinguish them from the local printer. All JALITE customer facing employees are expected to know the product line, the key features and the prevailing Standards in the field. JALITE is happy to explain to all clients the key features of a designed safety sign that is fit for purpose.

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Luminous Egress Path Marking

Luminous Egress Path Marking

Luminous Egress Path Marking will significantly improve the means of egress provisions in tall buildings and be of great assistance to evacuees in case of emergency or power loss. The non -electrical safety wayguidance system basis from ISO 16069 is still the technical base and root for the luminous egress path system and JALITE has been at the forfront of all these developments. JALITE products are installed in the vast majority of the tall buildings in New York City and performance over the last 6 years since installation has been second to none. Jalite is the obvious choice for building owners and facilty managers requiring to meet IBC/ICC Code 2009 Section 1024.

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Photoluminescent Self Adhesive Tape

Photoluminescent Self Adhesive Tape

Jalite AAA photoluminescent tapes are like no other, engineered with the highest initial luminance in its class, it gives occupants the most light when they need it - during the first minutes of a power outage. Jalite AAA tapes luminance also last an extraordinarily long time, even with a minimal charge or exposure to the background lighting! Jalite photoluminescent tapes have been provided with an exceptionally versatile and strong adhesive for good service on walls and handrails and various surfaces. JALITE Phtoluminescent Tapes were the first tapes full accredited for LLL according to ISO 15370 and approved by the Japanese Ministry of Transport. They were also the first tapes approved by the New York Building Divisions Material and Equipment Acceptance for stairwell egress systems. Unlike many materials used in New York City, JALITE tapes were shown to perform extremely well in all installed locations as required around obstacles and on handrails.

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Unblock your Emergency Exits

Unblock your Emergency Exits

Fire safety is rarely on the forefront of our minds.  In our everyday lives, fire tragedies are things that happen to other people on the evening news. The truth is that 2,640 people died and 15,635 were injured in 484,500 fires in 2011, in the US alone. Fires are not a rarity; in the US there was a structure fire reported every minute in 2011. So, what can you do to help yourself, people you care about, employees, customers, and first responders? It’s simple. Clearly identify your emergency exits and ensure that they are accessible. Blocked emergency exits are a major problem all around the world; infamous events like Coconut Grove fire, the Station Night club, and now the Kiss Nightclub fire in Brazil. Others are well known because so many people were killed when their emergency exits were blocked. But others exist, just as tragic but less well known because there were fewer fatalities. Tragedies like this one can be prevented. Rick Ornberg, author and former firefighter, recently wrote an article on his blog about the importance of keeping emergency exits clear. “National fire codes are full of life-safety related requirements that were written following one of several major tragedies in the workplace, in schools and in places of public assembly. Many of those were written after incidents where piles of burned corpses were found stacked against a locked or blocked exit.” Ornberg wrote, in response to seeing several emergency exits blocked in local restaurants and businesses. One needs only to search blocked exits to see the truth in Ornber’s words; Wikipedia has an entire section dedicated to tragedies caused by blocked exits. If you see an exit being blocked at your workplace or where you eat and shop, will you do yourself and those around the service of mentioning it to someone in charge? If your place of work routinely has an exit blocked installing the appropriate sign is the least you can do to assist in keeping your facility and its occupants safe.

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Fire Safety Management

Fire Safety Management

Fire Safety Management has 5 key focus areas with a sixth added "Contingency". 1. Prevention 2. Escape 3. Communication 4. Confinement 5. Suppression 6. Contingency JALITE Safety signs and safety way-guidance systems support and reinforce each of these strategy focus areas and is a key element of the specific communication strategy. The contingency around the total failure of any obligatory, regulation electrical emergency lighting has always created demand for photoluminescent way guidance systems as well as the need for low location assistance to egress. A formal safety sign and escape route survey is an essential part of any fire safety policy as well as featuring as an integral part of fire risk assessment.

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JALITE Group

JALITE PLC Wins House Bentalls Pipps Hill Industrial Estate Basildon Essex SS14 3BS United Kingdom Tel: +44 (0) 1268 242300 Fax: +44 (0) 1268 274148 E-mail: enquiries@jalite.com www.jalite.com

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Photoluminescent and JALITE Terminology

Photoluminescent and JALITE Terminology

Activator ionic impurity in a host material which acts as a luminescing centre, also called dopant. Afterglow general emission of light after a source of excitation energy is removed, usually by phosphorescence. Anti-Stokes a material which converts low energy light to high energy light by photoluminescence. Also called up-converter. Candela unit of luminous intensity. Cascading multiple absorption/emission cycles in a material where the emission from one cycle is matched to the absorption of the next. Cathodoluminescence luminescence where the initial energy comes from fast moving electron bombardment, such as on a television screen or computer monitor. Charging excitation of a phosphorescent material, usually by incident light. Chemiluminescence luminescence where the initial energy comes from chemical reactions, such as phosphorous burning in oxygen. Correlated colour temperature the colour of white light sources, the temperature of the black body radiator which produces the chromaticity most similar to the light source. Unit: °K. Daylight fluorescence (DF) fluorescence where the emission is in the visible spectrum. DIN67510 Part 1 specification describing afterglow performance in a standard way, in the form a/b - c - d - e, where a is afterglow brightness in mcd/m2 after ten minutes, b is afterglow brightness after sixty minutes, c is the decay period in minutes to 0.3 mcd/m2, d is excitation colour code, e is emission colour code. Parts 2 and 3 refer to in situ testing of photoluminescent items. Dopant ionic activator commonly used in inorganic phosphors. Excited state condition of a charged phosphor before emission. Electroluminescence (EL) luminescence where the initial energy comes from electric fields, usually alternating. Fluor a substance exhibiting fluorescence. Fluorescence very fast absorption and emission of photons where there is no appreciable afterglow. No electron spin inversion is involved. Flux (light) luminous intensity, usually of a light source, per unit solid angle; Unit: lumen. Illuminant A, B, C incandescent illumination in the range 380nm to 770nm, respectively 2856K (yellow), 4874K (mean noon sunlight) and 6774K (average daylight, blue). Illuminant D daylight illuminants defined from 300-830nm, designated with a two digit subscript to describe Correlated Colour Temperature, e.g. D65 indicates 6500K, close to Illuminant C. Illumination luminous flux, usually of incident light. Units: lux or lumens per square metre. Infrared part of the electromagnet spectrum immediately less energetic than visible light, ranging from around 700 nanometres to 10 microns wavelength. Intersystem crossing transfer from one molecular angular momentum state to another by electron spin inversion. Principal of physical phosphorescence. Killing quenching. Light output quantum efficiency multiplied by amount of absorbed radiation. Lumen unit of light flux. One lumen equals the flux emitted into a solid angle of one steradian by a point source of one candela. Luminance brightness, usually of a surface, i.e. luminous intensity per unit area. unit: candelas per square metre, usually expressed in millicandelas per square metre. Luminescence emission of light from a substance unaccompanied by heat. Luminophor luminescent material. Luminous directional reflectance reflectance of a surface in given directions of illumination and view. The ratio of the brightness of a surface to the brightness that an ideally diffusing, perfectly white surface would have if illuminated in the same way. Units: none. Luminous intensity a fundamental unit derived from black body radiation at set conditions in a given direction. Unit: candela. Luminous efficiency (L) luminous flux emitted by a source, per unit of power consumed. Unit: lumens per Watt. Lux unit of illuminance, lumens per square metre. In imperial units, one footcandle is approximately 10 lux. Optically active a) luminescent, b) able to change the polarity of incident light during reflection. Phosphor a substance exhibiting the property of phosphorescence. Phosphorescence slower absorption and emission of photons where afterglow is usually apparent, involving electron spin inversion allowing absorbed energy to be trapped for a period before being released as photons. Photoluminescence luminescence where the energy comes from incident light. Includes fluorescent and phosphorescent processes. Quantum yield (q) ratio of energy emitted by a luminescent substance to that absorbed, expressed as a percentage or decimal part of unity. Units: none. Quenching the loss of luminescent emissions to absorbing centres, or the addition of an agent to do this. Also called killing. Radiant efficiency ratio of emitted luminescent power to power absorbed from exciting radiation. Radioluminescence (RL) luminescence where the initial energy comes from radioactive decay, e.g. as with tritium. Products relying on RL are also called self emitters. Resonance radiation fast fluorescence with no internal loss of energy. Saturation charging of a phosphorescent material to maximum. Scintillator photoluminescent material with absorption at very low wavelengths, i.e. gamma or X rays. Self emitter radioluminescent material. Stokes shift difference in wavelength peaks between absorption and emission curves in photoluminescent materials, positive where wavelength increases, negative where wavelength decreases. Unit: nanometres. Strontium Aluminate a collective term for a group of crystalline phosphors derived from Strontium Oxide and Alumina (and silica) singally or doubly doped with rare earths Europium and Dysprosium. Thermoluminescence luminescence where heat energy triggers emission of photons from internal energy previously stored. Triboluminescence short lived luminescence caused by the violent breaking of chemical bonds, often associated with frictional forces. Ultraviolet part of the electromagnet spectrum immediately more energetic than visible light, ranging from approx. 100 nanometres (VUV) to 400 nanometres (UVA) wavelength. Up-conversion photoluminescent process converting lower energy incident light to higher energy emitted light. Also called anti-Stokes.

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Photoluminescent Safety Products Association

Photoluminescent Safety Products Association

JALITE, as a founder member of the Photoluminescent Safety Products Association, can be proud of the achievements over the last 20 years with an ongoing dedication to the promotion and development of photoluminescent products in safety applications. The Association has already made presentations to the  3rd World Photoluminescent Congress held in early 2012 in Portugal.. For more details of the "PSPA" Association please visit the web site at www.pspa.org.uk

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IMO Signs from JALITE

IMO Signs from JALITE

JALITE IMO Signs are produced to meet and exceed the requirements for onboard signing according to SOLAS regulations. JALITE participates in the key National and International Standards and Technical Committees to set standards for safety signs in all applications of fire and safety and health at work. Please see the JALITE dedicated web sites for IMO Signs and Fire Control Symbol signs at www.jalite-marine.com and www.jalitemarine.com

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Escape route lighting

Escape route lighting

ISO 15370 was the first International Standard for escape route lighting and is commonly known as LLL - Low Location Lighting. ISO 16069 Safety Wayguidance Systems (SWG) followed later for the built environment and laying down principles for design. This Standard was used by New York City as the basis for technical recommendations for stairwell egress systems now required by law for tall buildings.

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A real fire, is not as you see it in the movies.

A real fire, is not as you see it in the movies.

In a real fire, smoke is not as you see it in the movies. This film simulates a real warehouse fire, where Styrofoam cups in cardboard boxes are the fuel. (Styrofoam and cardboard are widely used in many packages from toys to electronics.) While the narrator points out many of the dangers and potential outcomes, she does not draw your attention to the decreasing visibility and loss of light in this short 3 minute fire. Notice at the start you’re able to see the room and light behind the two stacks of product. Then how after one and a half minutes you’re almost unable to see the room and after 2 minutes you’re barely able to make out the light fixture itself. The question of the narrator is “Does your facility have sprinklers?” a good question no doubt, but I would also add, “Does your facility have proper low level emergency escape route lighting?” When the lights go out, whether due to power failure or smoke, ours turn on. Contact Jalite to find a local distributor to schedule an audit and review of your facility or a detailed survey.

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JALITE in Tall Buildings

JALITE in Tall Buildings

JALITE Compliant Means NYC Code Compliant In reviewing New York City's new code, you can be confident that JALITE entire NYC RS 6-1 product line is 100% code compliant. In writing Local Law 26, the New York City Council gave the duty of writing the requirements with regards to the use of photoluminescence in Class E high rises to the Department of Buildings (DOB). In 2004 Jalite USA chaired a pro bono task force of experts in the areas of human behavior, photoluminescence, fire safety, and stairwell egress to put together a formal recommendation to the DOB. This group's recommendation, delivered in October of 2004, served as the key technical starting point for the Reference Standard 6-1 which was finally published in June of 2005. When Building Departments' Commissioner Lancaster appointed a 10-member panel to review and finalize RS 6-1 code requirements, JALITE alone was asked to represent the manufacturers. When the department of Materials and Equipment Approval (MEA) qualified the laboratories that could test photoluminescent material, they asked for different grades of JALITE material to test each lab's competency in testing the luminance of photoluminescent material. Why did New York City turn to JALITE?  Because for 30 years, we've been developing code compliant directional and exit guidance systems for government, commercial, and residential environments around the world. Our photoluminescent systems light the way to safety on six continents in dozens of languages and are tailored to hundreds of local codes making JALITE the world's largest purchaser of photoluminescent pigments. That's why we say "Jalite compliant means NYC code compliant." One phone call to (800) 901-4374 can solve all your NYC code requirements. One email to sales@jaliteusa.com will put you in contact with a dealer trained to answer all your questions and to supply you with everything you need to certify your building.

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Nightmare on the Horizon: Life Safety Matters

Nightmare on the Horizon: Life Safety Matters

When the Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig in the Gulf of Mexico exploded the spilling 4.9 million barrels of oil into the sea, which made the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history, was well reported. However there is another side to this tragedy that is rarely addressed; on board the Horizon at the time of the explosion were 126 people, 11 of whom would never make it back to shore.  What can be taken away from this tragedy in order to improve the safety of offshore platforms? The U.S. Minerals Management Service reported 69 offshore deaths, 1,349 injuries, and 858 fires and explosions on offshore rigs in the Gulf of Mexico from 2001 to 2010. After the explosion on the Horizon, many on board were able to evacuate before the rig collapsed; however the explosion had cut off all the power and the thick smoke plunged the rig into darkness. Workers, many of whom were new to the Horizon, were unfamiliar with the layout forced to waste precious time stumbling through the darkness towards the lifeboats. Many simply leaped into the water from the nearest balcony rather than be burned alive. When the last life boat launched, 11 men were unaccounted for and declared dead on April 23, 2010. In a fire, whether it is on land or at sea, life safety is the highest priority. The best designs enable occupants to find the path to safety as quickly as possible under various conditions. Make sure your clients are aware of JALITE photoluminescent safety products; with Lloyds Type approval and Marine Equipment Directive certification, they can be confident that JALITE will lead the way to safety. Email us to obtain more information.

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High rise buildings, photoluminescent, stairwell egress systems

High rise buildings, photoluminescent, stairwell egress systems

JALITE Group, through the pioneering work done by JALITE in the USA, has the most comprehensive range of products to meet retrofit and new build requirements for New York City Local Law 26, RS6-1 needs as well as the 2009 IBC/ICC Building Code Chapter 10 Section 1024 . Stairwell egress systems are expected to be required in all tall buildings throughout the world in the coming years as slow adoption takes place of International standards and Codes into Building Codes of local jurisdiction.

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