In the past six years, the PSA has achieved considerable success in our goal of improving awareness of and use of PL products. Two major code-setting organizations (ICC, NFPA) have, since 2009, adopted changes to reflect their overwhelming support of the use of PL exit path markings and floor identification signs.
Getting the code authorities to include PL products was, of course, only the first step. Now we are working with local and state officials that are considering amendments to their building codes—an opportunity to improve life safety in commercial buildings by adopting Section 1024 of the International Building Code and Chapter 46 of the International Fire Code that require the installation of photoluminescent (PL) egress path markings and Floor Identification Signs, along with many other life safety improvements.
The challenges we’ve addressed in the last year in California and Washington State elsewhere show the importance and value of working as a group to ensure that our industry is represented in important code-setting forums. We’re able to intervene only with your continued support as a PSA member. Therefore, I’m writing to ask that you renew your membership for 2013. The board realizes that a dues increase while the economic recovery has just begun would be difficult for many members, so there will be no dues increase for a third year. You can continue your membership with dues of $2,000, which are due June 30 for the fiscal year that begins on July 1.
I believe your company should support the PSA because the association allows us to work together to foster a receptive government and public environment for photoluminescent safety products. The pooling of members’ dues allows us to fund an organization where you and other PL industry leaders can work together.
To ensure we’re working on the right projects to help all of our members, we began developing our strategic plan two years ago. That process will continue in September during our 2012 Annual Conference, which will be held September 18 at the Renaissance Chicago O’Hare Suite Hotel.
Of course, your dues are only one way to help influence the direction of the industry and the future of the association. We also need your support as an active member of one of our three standing committees: Public Awareness, Codes, and Standards.
This year the renewal form is posted on the Members Only website. To download the document, go to our website (www.plsafety.org), log in, and then see the form under the heading “2012-2013 Membership Renewal.” If you also need an invoice, please notify Executive Director Bob McLean by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember, your continued involvement is the single most effective way to help ensure a prosperous PL future for yourself and the industry.