Shedding Light on Safety
Graphic Products, Inc. has released an illustrated, easy-to-understand 12-page whitepaper, “Introduction to Photoluminescent Labels, Signs & Path Markings ” for facility managers and contractors. According to the company:
- Created to help keep facilities safe and compliant with local, state, national and international regulations, this guide is available for free.
- Photoluminescent technology provides a way to clearly mark exit pathways and provide emergency information that will be visible in smoky conditions and when lights fail.
- Since no power is required, photoluminescent labels and signs provide a reliable and safe approach to identify hazards, provide directions and display critical information during an emergency.
- The technology involves mixing light-storing crystals into labeling materials.
- Strontium oxide aluminate crystals provide a stronger light and last longer than zinc sulfide crystals, which are used in glow-in-the-dark toys.
- The guide also includes codes and standards from the International Building Code, the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), Underwriters Laboratories, the California Building Code, New York City (post 9/11) and Connecticut codes.