Safety wayguidance systems

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.™
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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.

Photoluminescent Stair Nosing

JALITE Stair nosing and egress path markers

JALITE Photoluminescent Stair nosing builds in the high performance egress path marking strips directly onto the leading edge of the stairs to provide the ultimate safety way guidance component for stairwell systems for new build according to New York City and IBC/ICC Code.

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.

JALITE Fire Extinguisher ID Signs

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You will find over 4000 individual products to satisfy clearly identified needs of people at risk and people who handle risk in difficult and workplace situations in an emergency.

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Tunnel escape route lighting


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.





Mont Blanc, France


Hokuriku Tunnel, Japan


Tauern Tunnel, Austria


Pecorile Tunnel, Italy


Vierzy Tunnel, France


Isola delle Femmine, Italy


Pfander Tunnel, Austria


Kaprun, Austria


Nihonzaka, Japan


St Gottard Tunnel, Switzerland


*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.

Luminous Egress Path Marking

Luminous Egress Path Marking is the term chosen by International Building Code IBC 2009 to specify the Stairwell Egress Systems now required in many jurisdictions for tall buildings. The code has captured the essentials of the New York Code RS6-1 but has chosen to make a new specification of the luminance decay performance.

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.

JALITE Photoluminescent Safety Products

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.

JALITE Top Step and stair threshold markers

JALITE Top Step markers

JALITE top step markers and stair leading edge nosing and markers are essential elements of high rise stairwell egress path marking

safety way guidance systems SWGS

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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