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A New Chapter for JALITE Group

A New Chapter for JALITE Group

With a new year ahead, we are embarking on a new journey at JALITE Group, allowing for a more seamless experience for our global community of authorised distributors. With a change of leadership in our sister company JALITE Asia, we have decided to offer our customers a means to premium customer services, technical support, and a centralised ordering service. We are committed to ensuring that our customers all over the world continue to receive the best services from JALITE Group.  Farewell to Norris Wong, Director of JALITE Asia:Our new journey sees us bidding a heartfelt farewell to Norris Wong, after more than two decades as part of the JALITE family. Norris originally joined the JALITE Group in 2003, to advise us on the intricacies of marketing JALITE products in Hong Kong, and the Asia Pacific regions. As the role as part of JALITE Asia developed, Norris began building a network of contacts and authorised distributors in the region. JALITE Group extends our gratitude to Norris for her unwavering dedication and wish her the very best in all her future endeavours.  JALITE Global Commitment:With the departure of Norris, we are excited to announce that JALITE PLC is now strategically positioned to directly serve our clients worldwide. This transition is designed to provide customer services, technical support, and a smooth experience for our valued customers wherever they are in the world.  Important Contact Information Update for JALITE Asia Clients:All enquires and order for the Asia Pacific regions, including China, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, and many other countries, will be handled by the JALITE team based in the UK. For any communication related to JALITE Asia, please ensure that you contact us exclusively through sales@jalite.com, asia@jalite.com, +44(0) 1268 242 300, and no longer through Norris Wong’s previous email address Norris@jalite-asia.com.We appreciate your continued support, and we look forward to working with you as we embark on this new chapter in our global journey. 

What is Photoluminescence

What is Photoluminescence

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS What is photoluminescence? Photoluminescence is a special kind of phosphorescence. The energy needed to activate it is supplied by common light sources such as daylight, tungsten filament and fluorescent lights. Under sudden power loss situations, the material is conspicuous at some 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. How do the materials work? JALITE photoluminescent materials contain purpose designed inorganic phosphor compounds that are energised in seconds by the ultra violet and blue light wavelength energy that is present in nearly all light sources. This high-energy source is converted into a lower energy source of light. The lower energy light source is yellow-green, the colour most readily perceived by the human eye and as specified by safety signs standards. JALITE photoluminescent materials are non-radioactive and non-toxic and provide a strong light source. They are also self-extinguishing, so they carry on working when they are most needed. How is the material used? JALITE photoluminescent materials can be used for many safety applications, including: Life saving equipment identification Fire safety signs Health and safety signs Escape route marking Low location illumination Directional route marking tape The materials have already been successfully applied in the following sectors: Government Hospitals Chemicals Transport Power Industrial Navy Leisure Marine Education Financial Retail The materials are also suitable for use in a wide range of commercial applications.   Why Signs? When an emergency occurs, the time between the lights going out and the emergency lights coming on, coupled with the sound of the fire alarm is the time when panic and confusion can set in. Photoluminescent safety signs emit a strong light source under sudden power loss situations. This helps people to orientate themselves to ensure that they can evacuate efficiently and effectively Will Photoluminescence replace traditional lighting? JALITE photoluminescent materials were originally designed to complement existing emergency lighting systems but continuous improvements in luminance performance mean that in certain circumstances high quality photoluminescent products can replace emergency lighting. They can be sited at waist or skirting level so they can still function if the ceiling lights become obscured by smoke. Similarly, life saving appliances and fire fighting equipment become more visible and are easily located in an emergency. Some emergency lighting can take up to 15 seconds to activate. In these instances, photoluminescence can be a lifesaver.   Are signs required above extinguishers? The requirement for any safety sign is determined by the formal risk assessment. In respect to fire fighting equipment including fire alarms the test is quite simple. Can they be identified and located quickly and effectively in an emergency? Do all the building occupants know the exact location of this vital equipment? If the answer is likely to be no to any extent then the Health and Safety (Safety Signs & Signals) Regulations requires the use of appropriate markings or signs. The most important parts of any risk assessment is objective data. The only data we have on this subject is that from Essex Fire & Rescue who have states that a large percentage of employees do not know the location of their fire extinguishers. If this is the case there is clear evidence that they need to be appropriately signed.

Wayfinding: Why does it matter?

Wayfinding: Why does it matter?

Wayfinding: Why does it matter? The last few years has seen significant ongoing efforts from the UK government to improve fire safety after the tragedy of Grenfell. These efforts have come in the form of The Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022, amendments to the Approved Document B, as well as the new fire safety regulations ‘Phase 3’ that came into effect from 1st October. The major steps forward in legislation and guidance for the Fire Safety Industry has rightly shown where our industry needs to improve, including bringing to light the areas of fire safety that are often neglected. One area that is often neglected and pertinent to JALITE is wayfinding signage. Since our beginnings 40 years ago this year, JALITE through in-house research and development, and leadership on committees and associations, have set Industry Standards for fire safety signage. This has made JALITE the go to source for technical information, for our valued distributors and beyond, especially in reference to the new fire safety legislation and guidance. Since the amendments and introduction of legislation and guidance, JALITE have naturally been inundated with enquiries and questions particularly about wayfinding signage. Below, we are going to provide some insight into the following: What is wayfinding signage? Why is wayfinding signage needed?  What wayfinding means for the Responsible Person? What is Wayfinding Signage: Wayfinding signage helps visitors to the building or setting, navigate unfamiliar environments providing visual cues, signage, and other navigational aids.  In the context of a building or a facility, wayfinding encompasses various design considerations and elements that guide people from one location to another, including to a place of safety.  With reference to The Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022, and Approved Document B, wayfinding signage pertains to helping fire and rescue services navigate unfamiliar environments such as in blocks of flats and high risk residential buildings.  Why is Wayfinding Signage needed: The Grenfell Tower Inquiry saw subsequent recommendations to help fire and rescue services orientate themselves, within blocks of flats during an emergency. The Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022, and the Approved Document B reference, that wayfinding signage including floor and flat identification signs, be located on every landing of a protected stairway and corridor/lobby. This is of course dependent on the process of formal fire risk assessment.  As part of these suggestions, the text and arrows of the floor and flat identifications signs are to be visible in low level lighting such as in fire or power loss situations. JALITE AAA market leading photoluminescent fire safety signage is your solution.  This coupled with the Premises Information Boxes minimises the risk of injury, harm or worse, by allowing fire and rescue personnel to efficiently progress through the building, enhancing the life safety for themselves and others during an emergency evacuation. What the Wayfinding means for Responsible Persons At JALITE we have always taken a full approach to guidance and recommendations. We focus on the intricacies, using British and International Standards for fire safety signage to inform our technical information, and ensure that we protect people and property to good practice; putting quality at the heart of all we do.  There is always more that Responsible Persons and Appointed Persons can do to follow recommendations and guidance to prove competence, with this being recorded consistently.  JALITE photoluminescent products are your trusted solution for wayfinding; providing safety way guidance system components i.e., signage, plans, low location lighting etc. to fulfil the following key aspects of wayfinding: Signing: plays a vital role in wayfinding and encompasses providing clear and visible information. This includes directional signs, room labels, floor directories, arrows, symbols, and other visual cues that guide individuals toward their desired destinations.  Pathfinding: involves designing logical and intuitive routes within a building to help people navigate efficiently. This includes establishing clear pathways, minimising dead ends, and optimising the arrangement of spaces and circulation areas to support smooth movement.  Landmarks and visibility: fire safety plans as part of wayfinding, benefits from the presence of distinct landmarks or points of reference that serve as visual anchors. These landmarks can be unique architectural features, artwork, or prominent objects that help individuals orient themselves and understand their position within the environment.  Lighting and visibility: adequate lighting and visibility are crucial for effective wayfinding. Well-lit spaces, illuminated signage, and visibility of paths and intersections contribute to a clear understanding of the environment and aid in wayfinding. Colour and visual differentiation: the use of colour and visual differentiation as part of fire alarm zone plans assists in distinguishing different areas, zones, or levels within a building. Colour-coded signage, floor patterns, or distinct visual elements can help individuals identify and remember specific routes or areas.  Digital wayfinding: with advancements in technology, and requirements from Business Information Modelling (BIM), digital wayfinding systems have become increasingly popular. These systems employ interactive maps, digital displays, mobile applications, and augmented reality to provide real-time navigation guidance, updates, and customised routes.  ​JALITE understand how daunting these amendments and updates can be for all types of Responsible Persons within the Industry. We are always at hand via our UK customer Services team to help you with technical information, to help you grow your business and ultimately keep occupants safe. JALITE are your trusted source for quality information and products. Email us at sales@jalite.com or call us at +44 (0) 1268 242 300 if you need more information.

CCTV Signs for Business

CCTV Signs for Business

In an age where data privacy is paramount, businesses that employ Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) systems need to tread carefully to ensure compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The use of CCTV has become ubiquitous, enhancing security and enabling monitoring for various purposes and because of this, for data protection purposes, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) will need to know your reasons for using CCTV. Why Use GDPR CCTV Signs? Transparency: GDPR mandates that individuals should be aware when they are being monitored. Placing visible CCTV signs informs people about the presence of surveillance. Legal Compliance: Failure to comply with GDPR can lead to hefty fines. By using compliant CCTV signs, you demonstrate your commitment to following the law. Deterrence: Visible signs act as a deterrent to potential wrongdoers, enhancing security. When people know they are being watched, they are less likely to engage in malicious activities. Placement of GDPR CCTV Signs Entry Points: Install signs at all entrances to your premises, including both public and restricted areas. Key Surveillance Areas: Position signs near the most monitored areas within your establishment. This includes customer service desks, cash registers, and outdoor spaces. Employee Areas: If your CCTV system also covers employee workspaces, ensure there are signs in these areas to inform your staff. Some points to check to see if your signs are complicit with GDPR. Signage should be clearly visible and easy to read. If it’s not obvious who is operating the CCTV, details of the organisation should be shown as well as the reason CCTV is in use. Who to contact if there are any queries, preferably with a method of contacting them (ie phone or email). For more information on GDPR visit: https://www.gov.uk/data-protection-your-business/using-cctv and for information on the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) visit: https://ico.org.uk/     Security Signs In addition to CCTV signs, businesses often employ various other security signs to enhance safety, deter potential threats, and maintain order within their premises. Let's explore some of these signs: Guard Dog Signs: These signs indicate the presence of guard dogs on the premises. They serve both as a deterrent and a warning. The signs should clearly depict a dog symbol from BS ISO 7010 and can also show "Warning Guard Dogs" message. Just like CCTV signs, the visibility and location of these signs are critical to their effectiveness. Barbed Wire Signs: These signs notify individuals of the presence of barbed wire or other security measures such as razor wire. They should convey the message clearly and can feature symbol from BS ISO 7010 or symbol and text. These signs are essential in maintaining the safety of your property while avoiding accidents and injuries. No Photography Signs: For businesses that need to protect sensitive information or proprietary processes, "No Photography" signs restrict individuals from taking photographs or videos within a designated area. Effective signs include a camera symbol from BS ISO 7010 with a clear text message such as "No Photography." No Mobile Phones Signs: In areas where mobile phones can interfere with equipment or pose safety risks (such as in hospitals or near fuel stations), "No Mobile Phones" signs are essential. They communicate the prohibition of mobile phone usage. No Weapons Signs: These signs are often required in places like government buildings, schools, airports, or private properties where firearms and other weapons are not allowed. They can feature symbol from BS ISO 7010 and text, clearly indicating that weapons, incendiary devices or explosives are prohibited on the premises. Restricted Area Authorized Personnel Only Signs: These signs indicate areas that are off-limits to unauthorized individuals. They are crucial for maintaining security in facilities with sensitive information, machinery, or equipment that should not be accessible to the general public. Using security signs in your business is not just a legal requirement; it's a step towards fostering trust and transparency with your customers, employees, and the public. When done correctly, it enhances security while respecting the privacy of individuals. Your business can strike a harmonious balance between surveillance, security and data protection in a GDPR-compliant manner. In addition to CCTV signs, other security signs play crucial roles in maintaining safety, security, and order within your premises. Careful design, placement, and adherence to legal requirements are key to maximizing the effectiveness of these security signs.    

Celebrating 40 Years of Safety

Celebrating 40 Years of Safety

The Journey of JALITE PLC In the ever-evolving landscape of life safety, one name stands out as a beacon of trust and reliability - JALITE PLC. As we celebrate an impressive 40-year journey marked by a steadfast commitment to safety and innovation, JALITE has solidified its position as the go-to supplier for photoluminescent signs. Let's reflect on this remarkable journey and discover why JALITE is your preferred partner in safety. The Inception of Excellence Our story began with a commitment to excellence and safety innovation. Founded in 1971 as part of the Swiss company Decofim S.A., JALITE quickly gained recognition for our dedication to enhancing safety through harnessing and developing photoluminescent technology. The Birth of JALITE PLC in 1983 The rise of JALITE coincided with a clear timeline of tragedies in the 1980s that shaped the culture of fire safety whilst at work, stressing the need for photoluminescent products as a secondary source of emergency lighting. Unfortunately, the incidents repeatedly occurred within offshore environments, such as the Piper Alpha oil rig catastrophe, since named the world’s worst offshore disaster, as 167 men lost their lives whilst at work. The disasters rightly initiated discussions about health and safety in our global communities; with guidance for mitigating risks of injury, harm, or death for people whilst at work and beyond. In essence the tragedies highlighted the need for reformed health and safety requirements and guidance, including signing systems and Safety Way Guidance Systems. JALITE was at hand to accommodate this need for radical change within health and safety. John Creak's Vision and Dedication In 1999, John Creak became the proud owner of JALITE PLC and took on the role of CEO. His background in chemistry, business, and marketing uniquely positioned him to lead the company into the international arena. John was not only an adept leader but also a hands-on innovator. He worked tirelessly in the lab, perfecting photometric pigments and materials used in JALITE products including our fire safety signs and other low location lighting systems. John pushed the boundaries of what photoluminescent safety technology could achieve; the result was the creation of JALITE AAA photoluminescent market leading material. JALITE AAA the pioneer of new industry Standard The creation of JALITE AAA photoluminescence was a key milestone in our journey. John’s innovation set a new industry benchmark for performance, that was unmatched and decades ahead of the rest of the industry. JALITE AAA photoluminescent class C+ material, has always been 3 times the optical brightness of other photoluminescent material since John created it. JALITE AAA photoluminescent products are always class C+ minimum, both effective and the best performing in low-light or dark conditions. The pursuit of excellence and quality in safety became a hallmark of the JALITE mission. Setting Safety Standards John's dedication to safety extended beyond just the laboratory and JALITE. He actively engaged in setting safety requirements through organisations like BSI (British Standards Institution) and PSPA (Photoluminescent Safety Products Association), further solidifying our role as an Industry leader in safety and innovation. Jim Creak: A Partner in Safety John Creak made a strategic decision to enlist the support of his identical twin brother, Jim Creak, in the journey to elevate JALITE success. Many of you in the UK have had the privilege of a personal connection with Jim. With a rich background in sales and marketing, Jim skilfully cultivated relationships, elevating JALITE brands’ presence across the UK. His regular provision of technical expertise and quality assurances for JALITE products ensured customer satisfaction, allowing John the flexibility to explore global markets and expand our international footprint while providing invaluable strategic direction and innovation. Jim's unwavering dedication to the company closely paralleled his brother's commitment to safety and cutting-edge advancements. In 2022, Jim Creak left for a well-deserved retirement. However, his connection to the company and his passion for safety never waned. Jim now supports the new management through his consultancy work, sharing his wealth of knowledge and experience with the next generation of safety professionals. A Family Legacy Tragically, John Creak passed away in 2021, leaving behind a remarkable legacy of dedication to safety. His vision and passion for JALITE was passed on to his family, and with the support of the dedicated staff, together with Hayley Bishop and Steve Perry, Nicholas Creak has assumed the role of CEO. Nicholas is committed to continuing his father's legacy by providing outstanding products, maintaining a high level of service, and upholding the tradition of producing quality safety solutions in the UK. Together we will ensure that JALITE legacy continues to grow, lighting the way for a safer more secure world. Conclusion As we celebrate 40 years of safety, our journey is a testament to the power of innovation, unwavering dedication, and a commitment to setting the highest safety standards. From our founding in 1983 to our position as a global leader today, JALITE has consistently illuminated the path to safety, saving lives all around the world. When you choose JALITE as your partner in safety, you're choosing four decades of excellence, innovation, and unwavering dedication. Trust in JALITE – your beacon of safety.

Why do fire alarm call points need covers

Why do fire alarm call points need covers

JALITE fire safety signs are integral to mitigating risks of injury, harm, or death to occupants, as well as to public and private property. This is true in all lighting conditions, as JALITE signs reinforce safety messages to occupants in all lighting conditions, including in smoke filled areas during an emergency. JALITE fire safety signs are installed alongside life saving equipment such as fire alarm call points to help occupants locate this vital equipment.    What are Fire Alarm Call Points?: Fire alarm call points, also knowns as manual call points, are key to allowing occupants to evacuate during an emergency. This firefighting equipment are installed in many public spaces, including shops, hotels restaurants, offices, and other public spaces to allow the public and staff members to trigger the overall fire alarm system of a building. The easy access to fire alarm call points, is the very thing that pose a risk to other occupants with costs to businesses and time for fire and rescue services adding to further disruption. With this in mind, BS 5839-1 was the Standard introduced to bring significant change, with guidance that states call points should be fitted with a protective cover to reduce false alarms. The revision of BS 5839-1 specifically states that "All MCPs should be fitted with a protective cover, which is moved to gain access to the frangible elements”. Whilst the standard does not specifically refer to existing call points, retro fits are available for most industry standard call points. This new change should help prevent accidental activation from impact and should force users of the fire alarm system to lift the cover before activation, thereby adding an extra action to the process of pressing the alarm. The solution to the risk: We want to protect firefighting equipment such as the fire alarm call points, but we want to equally to ensure that this vital equipment can be easily and quickly accessed when needed most. When a fire breaks out, the last thing we want is confusion from a visitor or member of the public, who is confused about how to access the fire alarm call point. This ultimately causes delay, and therefore a possible risk to people and property. JALITE photoluminescent ‘lift cover to operate fire alarm’, fire safety signs are your solution for potential delay, and mitigating risks of injury, harm, or worst-case death to building occupants. JALITE photoluminescent ‘lift cover to operate fire alarm’ signals to occupants how they can access the fire alarm call point, as well as how to activate the vital equipment. Our JALITE photoluminescent ‘lift cover to operate fire alarm’ fire safety signs are characterised by firefighting red colours and square shape, as per the Standard BS ISO 3864- 1:2011. JALITE photoluminescent ‘lift cover to operate fire alarm’ fire safety signs are also designed according to BS EN ISO 7010:2020; the fire alarm call point graphical symbol of the finger, and the flame determinant. JALITE photoluminescent ‘lift cover to operate fire alarm’ fire safety signs, are available in two sizes as standard including (D) 150 x 200mm, and (Y) 100 x 150mm. Code: 6131D Size: 150 x 200mm Code: 6131Y Size: 100 x 150mm Have assurance that JALITE photoluminescent fire safety signs, are your solution to keeping occupants safe, and able to evacuate from the building even in conditions of low visibility.  

Guidance for Signs & Notices

Guidance for Signs & Notices

Fire Safety Signs and Notices Legislation requires the Duty Holder (in a workplace, normally the employer) to carry out a formal risk assessment to determine the need for fire safety signs. The requirements for the characteristics of fire safety signs and notices are encompassed within the Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 and the guidance in relevant British Standards. Fire Exit and Escape Route Signs The legislation requires all duty holders to ensure that the means of escape is effectively located and the route to a place of relative safety be clearly identified. Where the building manager, facilities manager/duty holder requires specific guidance to achieve this, a competent person should be consulted. Guidance on the application and siting of means of escape signs is given in BS 5499 Part 4. The following key elements of escape route signing will influence effective evacuation: Illumination: All escape route signs should be adequately illuminated to ensure they are conspicuous and legible within the environment. All escape route signs should be visible under power loss conditions. It may be appropriate in some premises that a maintained light source is provided or the same objective can be achieved with a photoluminescent escape route sign. Sign Height (Graphical Symbol Height): All escape route signs are required to be observed from a distance, this distance alongside the illumination will determine the observation distance of the escape route sign. Full guidance can be found in BS 5499 Part 4. However, a simple guide for an externally illuminated sign at 100 lux will give an observation distance of 22 metres for a sign height of 130mm (z=170). Direction of Egress and Escape: From any point within a building it is important that people have immediate sight of an escape route. If they do not or doubt may exist, an escape route sign or series of signs is likely to be necessary. The use of directional arrows within escape route signs are standardised to ensure that egress is intuitive and efficient. Priority for escape route signs should be given to the shortest route to safety. Progress forward from here (indicating direction of travel) Progress forward and through from here; when sign is sited above a door (indicating direction of travel) Progress forward and up from here (indicating change of level) Progress to the right from here (indicating direction of travel) Progress down from here (indicating change of level) Progress to the left from here (indicating direction of travel) Progress down to the right (indicating change of level) Progress down to the left (indicating change of level) Progress up to the right (indicating change of level) Progress forward and across to the right from here when suspended within an open area Progress to the left from here (indicating direction of travel) Progress forward and across to the left from here when suspended within an open area Figure 1 - BS5499-4 Directional meaning of escape route sign(s) The series of escape route signs within the designated means of escape should be positioned to progress the person to a place of safety. An escape route sign should be positioned at every change of direction, every change of level and at any decision point within the escape route. Mounting Height: Escape route signs should be sited at 2.0m from the floor when positioned above doors or where suspended from the ceiling and at 1.7m from the floor when positioned on walls. As people progress along an escape route, the next escape route sign within the series should be in a predictable position following on from its predecessor in the series of escape route signs. Other Fire Safety Signs and Notices Legislation requires that all people are provided with relevant fire safety information such as the location and operation of panic hardware, door opening devices and emergency security override equipment. Legislation requires appropriate identification and location to all building occupants to ensure effective evacuation. The same applies for people with special needs who may require assistance to locate designated safe areas as part of their Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP). All life safety equipment and designated areas should be appropriately signed. Figure 2 - Typical emergency evacuation area/equipment sign(s) A key element of effective evacuation is the detection of fire and manual activation of alarm call points. Legislation requires the duty holder to ensure building occupants can identify and locate this equipment. It is also a requirement that building occupants know the procedure to adopt in the event of fire and alarm activation, the display of appropriate notices, in clear and precise format is recommended to support good fire safety management and formal training. Figure - 3 - Fire alarm call point sign, fire action notice(s) & Fire extinguisher identification notice. Legislation requires that, where necessary, fire fighting equipment be indicated by signs. Figure 4 - BS EN ISO 7010 Fire fighting equipment sign(s) & Fire safety notice(s) The Duty Holder has an obligation to provide people with information that is essential for their protection. The provision of this information is recommended by government guidance on both building regulations and fire safety legislation. Figure 5 - Mandatory fire safety instruction notice(s) Further signs that may be required depending on the type and use of the premises. Activity, process or practice may require the identification and location of hazards that particularly affect the risk matrix. It may also be prudent that an indication of risk control is displayed where this measure is critical to management of risk. This process will complement the formal risk assessment and the identified significant findings. The measures will form part of the fire safety manual and risk reduction management. Figure 6 - Management of risk - Risk/prohibitive action combination sign(s) There are important changes that now require duty holders to audit and review the fire safety signs within their buildings. This audit and review should ensure conformance to BS EN ISO 7010 for graphical symbols that have excellent comprehension credentials. Fire Safety signs should be reviewed periodically to ensure they continue to support the fire safety strategy for the premises. When purchasing the supply and installation of fire safety signs the user should specify that the products and the position and location of the signs and notices comply with ISO 7010 and BS 5499 part 4 and BS 5499 part 10.

Photoluminescent Material

Photoluminescent Material

JALITE have dedicated 40 years to in house research and development, to create our market leading photoluminescent JALITE AAA material. We have worked with the world’s leading phosphor technology holders, to identify unique pigments for this material. JALITE AAA material is exclusively used across our 4,000 products including our renowned fire safety signs and non-electrical low location lighting; installed worldwide for life and fire safety. JALITE AAA products are installed across the worlds high rise residential buildings, tall buildings, commercial and industrial facilities, trains, aeroplanes, oil rigs, and ships. But what is photoluminescent material? Why do responsible persons consider this over other material for their safety products? How does photoluminescent technology mitigate risks of injury, harm, and death for occupants?   What is photoluminescence? Photoluminescent material is phosphorus material that absorbs light (either daylight or artificial) within the surroundings, which then charges this material. The phosphors then emit this light out to increase visibility for those within proximity to the fire safety signs and products. The luminance performance and class of photoluminescent material is dependent on: Time taken to charge the material to minimum emission of light (lux) Time taken to lose the charge of the material The level of millicandela (output) that can be reached. JALITE AAA photoluminescent material boasts the best luminance performance on the market, with third party accreditation for testing proving that minimal lighting provides the longest light output. JALITE AAA photoluminescent material is categorised as C+ class material, with options for material that exceeds this for aircrafts and spacecrafts that is D + class upwards. Rest assured that all JALITE AAA material conforms to requirements of DIN 67 510 part 1: 2020 for the measurement of phosphorescent pigments and products.   How does photoluminescent work to save lives? JALITE AAA photoluminescent fire safety signs save lives by paving the way to safety in all lighting conditions. In an emergency evacuation where smoke has filled the area or there is loss of power, JALITE photoluminescent fire safety signs are proven to help occupants escape, by increasing the visibility of the escape routes during times of emergency. This has been the case since the installation of JALITE products in tall buildings since the tragic events of 9/11, as well as in many high- rise residential buildings in recent years since Grenfell. In areas of infrequent light such as plant rooms on site, JALITE AAA photoluminescent fire safety products and signs still can be activated, achieving high optical brightness for safe egress. All JALITE photoluminescent fire safety signs further protect the life safety of occupants, as all signage is designed to conform to fire safety sign Standards. Our fire safety signs are designed to BS EN ISO 7010:2020 for graphical symbols that allow for reinforced standardised, and therefore universal safety messages, for worldwide comprehension.     Why choose photoluminescent? JALITE AAA photoluminescent fire safety signs, have a 30+ year shelf life, a trusted source of fire safety equipment for occupants. Some of JALITE AAA photoluminescent products are still installed paving the way to safety even after two or more decades. JALITE photoluminescent fire safety products and signs are reliable, taking only a fraction of light to charge and activate the material. This is why JALITE AAA photoluminescent products are often installed alongside the buildings’ standard emergency electrical lighting available. JALITE photoluminescent fire safety signs and products, if maintained are often referred to as the failsafe option for getting evacuees out to a place of safety. Our fire safety products provide comparably competitive fire safety options, without you having to compromise on quality. JALITE AAA photoluminescent material is often considered the more sustainable option for improving visibility in darkness and smoke for evacuees. Our material can be regarded as the environmentally friendly and sustainable option, reducing your overall carbon footprint. JALITE AAA photoluminescent material is used to manufacture both rigid and vinyl fire safety signs, with both materials available for purchase in various sizes, either in standard signs or in bespoke signs. JALITE AAA photoluminescent material is: Weather resistant Durable Self-extinguishing Flexible and adaptable Matte, non-glare surface.   If you would like more information on JALITE AAA photoluminescent material, please call +44 (0) 1268242300 or email sales@jalite.com.

What are safety colours and shapes

What are safety colours and shapes

Safety signs use various safety colours and shapes to convey important information and warnings. The colour and shape of a safety sign are designed to quickly and effectively communicate the message to individuals in different situations. Here are some common safety sign colours and shapes: Geometric shapes, safety colours and contrast colours for safety signs Geometric shape Meaning Safety colour Contrast colour to the safety colour Graphical symbol colour Examples of use Circle with diagonal bar Prohibition Red Whitea Black — No smoking — Not drinking water — Do not touch Circle Mandatory action Blue Whitea Whitea — Wear eye protection — Wear protective clothing — Wash your hands Equilateral triangle with radiused outer corners Warning Yellow Black Black — Warning; Hot surface — Warning; Biological hazard — Warning; Electricity Square Safe condition Green Whitea Whitea — First aid — Emergency exit — Evacuation assembly point Square Fire safety Red Whitea Whitea — Fire alarm call point — Collection of fire fighting equipment — Fire extinguisher a = The colour white includes the colour for phosphorescent material under daylight conditions with properties as defined in ISO 3864-4.   Prohibition Signs Prohibition signs are safety sign used to communicate prohibited action or behaviour in various settings. These signs typically feature a red circle with a diagonal line crossing out a symbol representing the prohibited action. The signs in ISO 7010 are designed to be easily recognizable and understood, regardless of language barriers. Some common examples of prohibition signs include: No Smoking: This sign indicates that smoking is not allowed in the designated area.   No Cameras: This sign may be used in places where photography or video recording is not permitted. No thoroughfare: This sign prohibits people from entering a specific pathway or zone, usually on roads or construction sites.   No Food or Drink: This sign is commonly found in areas where consuming food or beverages is not allowed, such as museums or certain sections of public transportation. It's important to pay attention to prohibition signs as they help maintain a safe environment in various public and private spaces. Mandatory​ Signs Mandatory fire signs are a type of safety signage that indicates specific actions or behaviors that are required to be followed. These signs are typically placed in buildings, workplaces, and public areas to ensure that people know what to do to protect themselves and others. Here are some common examples of mandatory safety signs: Fire Door Keep Shut: These signs remind people to keep fire doors closed at all times. Fire doors are crucial in preventing the spread of fire and smoke, and they should not be propped open.   Keep Clear: Placed near firefighting equipment, doors and machinery to ensure that these areas are not obstructed or blocked. Wear Head Protection​: This sign indicates that a hard hat must be worn to protect the head from falling objects or potential head injuries.   Wear eye protection: This sign indicates that safety glasses or goggles must be worn to protect the eyes from flying debris, chemical splashes, or other hazards. Familiarising yourself and understanding the meanings of mandatory signs will they help maintain a safe environment. Warning Signs Warning safety signs are designed to alert people to potential hazards or dangers in a particular area. These signs are typically displayed in workplaces, public spaces, construction sites, and various other locations to promote safety and prevent accidents. Warning signs are characterized by their triangular shape, with a black pictogram or symbol on a yellow background. Here are some common examples of warning safety signs: Warning; Electricity: Indicates the presence of electrical equipment or areas with high voltage, warning people to stay away or take necessary safety measures.   Warning; Slippery surface: This sign alerts people to the possibility of a slippery floor or surface, cautioning them to walk carefully to avoid slipping. Warning; Corrosive substance: This sign indicates the presence of dangerous chemicals or substances and reminds individuals to handle them with care.   Warning; Falling objects: This sign is commonly used in construction zones or areas where objects may fall from above, alerting people to the danger. Warning safety signs play a crucial role in ensuring the safety of individuals and should always be heeded to prevent accidents and injuries. It's essential to familiarize yourself with these signs and their meanings to stay safe in different environments. Safe Condition Signs Safe condition signs are a type of safety signage used to indicate the location of safety-related equipment or areas within a facility. These signs have green backgrounds with white symbols. Safe condition signs are designed to provide information and direction to ensure the safety of individuals in the area. Here are some common examples of safe condition signs: First Aid Sign: These signs identify the location of first aid stations or kits. They often feature the white cross symbol on a green background.   Emergency Eyewash Station Sign: This sign marks the location of emergency eyewash stations in case of chemical spills or exposure. Emergency Assembly Point Signs: These signs indicate where individuals should gather in case of an emergency evacuation.   Emergency AED Signs: These signs highlight the location of automated external defibrillators (AED) and can be found in public places including shopping centres, restaurants, public transport, and many other location. Remember that the design and symbols used in safe condition signs may vary depending on the country and region, as there might be slight differences in safety sign standards. However, the core purpose of these signs remains the same - to promote safety awareness and guide people to the appropriate safety resources in the event of an emergency. Fire safety signs Fire safety signs are visual aids used to convey important information about fire safety measures, hazards, and escape routes in buildings and public spaces. These signs play a crucial role in ensuring the safety of occupants during emergencies and guiding them to appropriate actions. Here are some common fire safety signs: Fire Extinguisher Sign: Indicates the location of fire extinguishers. Usually depicted by a white symbol of a fire extinguisher on a red rectangular background.   Fire Blanket Sign: Indicates the location of fire blankets. Displayed as a white symbol of a Human figure holding a fire blanket, flame determinant on a red background. Fire Hose Reel Sign: Identifies the location of fire hose reels. Usually depicted by a white symbol of a hose reel on a red rectangular background.   Fire Alarm Sign: Informs people about the location of fire alarms. displayed as a white hand with one finger extended, dot in square symbol, flame determinant on a red background. These signs are standardized and follow specific design guidelines from ISO 3864-3 & ISO 7010 to ensure easy recognition and understanding, even in stressful situations. They are essential in helping people quickly identify fire safety equipment, and important safety measures during an emergency.  

Viewing distance of a safety sign

Viewing distance of a safety sign

Expected Viewing distance of JALITE AAA Exit signs Safety signs are designed to convey important information and warnings to individuals in various environments. The viewing distance for safety signs depends on several factors, including the size of the sign, the graphical symbol elements and their size within the shape of the safety sign, and the environment in which the sign is placed. The expected viewing distance of a safety sign is described according to the Z factor. The Z factor is the ratio of the viewing distance divided by the sign height (graphical symbol height plus geometric shape according to ISO 7010 image) - Direct line of sight. Viewing distance by sign size (millimeters) 100 Lux vertical illumination (meters) (Z factor ISO 3864-1 = 170) 5 Lux vertical illumination (meters) (Z factor ISO 3864-1 = 170) 200 x 400 34 19 250 x 500 42.5 23.75 300 x 600 51 28.5 400 x 800 68 38   Click here for more information on BS ISO 3864-1:2011 Click here for more information on BS EN ISO 7010:2020  

Different Sign Types Available

Different Sign Types Available

Safety signs are essential tools for creating a safer environment, promoting compliance with safety regulations, and effectively communicating critical information to individuals in various settings, JALITE offer a range of different sign types, in this section we will show examples and viewing areas for different types of signs e.g. Wall mounted signs, Panoramic signs, Double-sided wall mounted signs and Double-sided hanging signs. Wall Mounted Safety Signs Wall mounted signs can be seen clearly when approaching them from straight on offering a viewing area of 90° Panoramic Safety Signs Panoramic wall mounted signs offer a wide viewing area of that can be viewed in most directions when approaching them, offering 180° viewing area. Double-sided Safety Signs Double-sided wall mounted signs aim is to offer a wide viewing radius, ideal for corridors where the sign can be viewed when approaching from two directions. Double-sided Hanging Safety Signs Double-sided hanging signs aim is to offer a wide viewing radius in a large area, when approaching from two directions.  

Health and Safety Sign Association

Health and Safety Sign Association

The Heath & Safety Sign Association - HSSA was formed with the purpose of educating the nation on signage legislation, in order to improve health and safety for everyone. With members from some of the largest signage companies in the country, the HSSA keep up to date with any legislative changes that may happen within the UK. 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. Not only do the HSSA aim to keep you clued up on the legislative side of signage, they also ensure that all of their own signage conforms to the required standards. This means you can rest assured, knowing your signage will be compliant. www.hssa.co.uk

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 !

To Survive a Fire in a High Rise Building

To Survive a Fire in a High Rise Building

The Best Advice to Give Your Loved Ones in a High Rise Building There are 15,400 high rise building 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 & Rita F. Fahy. In this report they 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 high rise building (skyscraper), whether occupant leave immediately or wait, it is imperative that they be able to see their way out. Jalite photoluminescent egress markings and signs will light the way out for any building. Contact us to find a distributor near you.

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.

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.  

Stay Safe in a Tall Building

Stay Safe in a Tall Building

Stay Safe 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™. 

International Safety Signs and Symbols

International Safety Signs and Symbols

JALITE since 1981 has been involved in developing and applying Standards to photoluminescent safety products a useful reference list of Standards used are as follows: Specification Properties and test methods ISO BS 17398 Safety colours and safety signs -- Classification, performance and durability of safety signs ISO BS 3864-4 Graphical symbols -- Safety colours and safety signs -- Part 4: Colorimetric and photometric properties of safety sign materials ISO 9186-1 Graphical symbols -- Test methods -- Part 1: Methods for testing comprehensibility ISO 9186- 2 Graphical symbols -- Test methods -- Part 2: Method for testing perceptual quality DIN 67510-1 Photoluminescent pigments and products - Part 1 Measurement and marking by the producer   Specification Design ISO BS 7010 Graphical symbols -- Safety colours and safety signs -- Safety signs used in workplaces and public areas ISO 3864 -1 Graphical symbols -- Safety colours and safety signs -- Part 1: Design principles for safety signs and safety markings ISO 3864 - 3 Graphical symbols -- Safety colours and safety signs -- Part 3: Design principles for graphical symbols for use in safety signs BS 5499-1  Fire safety signs, notices and graphic symbols ISO 24409-1 Ships and marine technology -- Design, location and use of shipboard safety signsfor fire protection, life-saving appliances, and means of escape -- Part 1: Design principles ISO 20712-1 Water safety signs and beach safety flags -- Part 1: Specifications for water safety signs used in workplaces and public areas ISO 17631 Ships and marine technology -- Shipboard plans for fire protection, life-saving appliances and means of escape   Code- Application ISO 15370 Ships and marine technology -- Low-location lighting (LLL) on passenger ships –Arrangement ISO BS 16069 Graphical symbols -- Safety signs -- Safety way guidance systems (SWGS) ISO 23601 Safety identification  Escape and evacuation plan signs BS 5499-4 Safety signs, including fire safety signs. Code of practice for escape route signing    

Inspections Required in NYC High Rises

Inspections Required in NYC High Rises

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 some time 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.  

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.

Fire Control Plan Symbol Signs

Fire Control Plan Symbol Signs

Fire Control Symbols (FCS) 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. JALITE Fire Control Plan Symbols (FCS) are signs relating to symbols for fire control plans and fire equipment location. The symbols are to be used in accordance with ISO 17631. Safety related signs are manufactured on photoluminescent material as required by standards and regulators for the marine industry. visit our JALITE dedicated Marine website www.jalitemarine.com