PSA: UL1994 Standard 4th Edition Published

UL1994 Standard 4th Edition Published

Underwriters Laboratories Inc recently published the 4th edition of UL1994 – Standard for Luminous Egress Path Marking Systems dated May 29, 2015. This new edition of ANSI/UL 1994 includes a revision to the Color Temperature Range for LED Activation Source in paragraph 33.2.3.

The LED-related details in Paragraph 33.2.3. now say the following in the 4th edition:

33.2.3

3) LED – Any lamp configuration, 4000 – 4500 K color temperature, seasoned for minimum 2 hours.

The Standard UL1994 is available for purchase at http://www.comm-2000.com.

PSA: The Lighting Council of Australia Responds to the Introduction of Photoluminescent Exit Signs by the National Construction Code of Australia

The Lighting Council of Australia has raised concerns following the introduction of photoluminescent exit signs by the National Construction Code of Australia (NCC). On May 1 2014, the NCC Volumes One, Two and Three will be adopted by all Australian states and will include a change which sees provisions for photoluminescent (PL) signs introduced as an alternative option to internally illuminated exit signs. The adoption has been criticized by the Lighting Council, which represents Australia’s lighting industry.You can read the full article on the website for Sourceable here.

Bob McLean, CAE
Executive Director

Article Says It All: “Glow-in-the-dark” lights a lifesaver in emergencies

Real Estate Weekly has published a very supportive article in it’s most recent issue. The publication reaches over 30,000 readers in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Long Island and Westchester. Here’s the link for the article:
http://www.rew-online.com/2014/03/19/glow-in-the-dark-lights-a-lifesaver-in-emergencies/

REM

Bob McLean, CAE
Executive Director
Photoluminescent Safety Association
2001 Jefferson Davis Highway, Suite 1004
Arlington, VA  22202-3617
P 703-370-7435
F 703-416-0014
bmclean@plsafety.org

 

 

PSA: Manhattan High-Rise Fire

Earlier this month there was a fire in a Manhattan high-rise building that is one example of how PL products in stairwells could be life-saving products in situation. Here’s the link:

http://statenisland.ny1.com/content/news/201379/one-dead–one-critical-in-manhattan-high-rise-fire

PSA Board President Al Carlson notes this situation is one more reason LL26 should apply to noncommercial buildings. That was not, however, among the recommendations mentioned in a follow-up article where local officials discussed the need to implement new fire safety measures. Here’s the link to this second article:

http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/local/new_york&id=9390454

Bob McLean, CAE
Executive Director

PSA: ULC Defends PL Technology

Last year PSA member Jessup Manufacturing was involved with UL Canada in responding to NRC in Canada. (NRC is an agency of the Government of Canada and its premier research and technology organization; they are also in charge of the committees that make up the National Building Code of Canada.) The letter, posted on the Members Only web page under the heading “Member’s Library,” concerns claims made by the electrical industry about the performance of PL products. The letter takes exception with electrical industry’s claims and highlights the benefits of PL products.

This letter is an excellent example of why we need our trade association for the PL industry—so that individually and collectively we can be advocates and let consumers, customers, and government agencies know the value of PL products.

 

PSA: Proposal to Move ICC Codes to Five-Year Cycle Defeated

During the 10th Annual Business Meeting (ABM) of the International Code Council (ICC) in October, the ICC Board considered a resolution to extend the code development and publication cycle for ICC codes. The resolution was submitted by the Washington Association of Building Officials, who were concerned about the cost of purchasing new code books and the time required to train code officials on the new codes.

“According to ICC Board President Stephen Jones and CEO Dominic Sims, ICC members expressed their support for the three-year code development cycle by turning down a resolution that would have lengthened the three-year code cycle to a longer cycle, not to exceed five years,” said Sara Yerkes, Senior Vice President, Government Relations, ICC. “The ICC Resolutions Committee, after careful review, recommended that members disapprove the resolution because it could negatively impact the construction industry, damage relationships with standards developing organizations, and set back efforts to reduce the cost of construction,” she said. “The committee and members recommended further review of this issue and the ICC Board has committed to an open dialog on this matter in 2014. Timely adoption and enforcement of ICC model building codes provide worldwide minimum standards for safety, resilience, and affordability.”

Had the resolution been successful, it would have had an impact on all 50 states, similar to the movement in some states to move from a three-year code adoption cycle to a six-year cycle. The delay in publication of a new code would automatically delay adoption and implementation of that code in a state. This could result in the delay of implementation of improved safety requirements, new technologies, and other negative impacts.

The debate at the ABM resulted in the resolution being defeated by a vote of 63 percent opposed to 37 percent in favor. This result suggests that the issue will likely arise again.

Ask the Expert Column on the Home Page

Have you visited the home page of our website recently? There’s a new item in the “Ask the Expert” column. Thanks to board member Marina Batzke (American Permalight) for help with this submission.

Bob McLean, CAE
Executive Director

PSA: We’re Looking for New PL Success Stories

In January we’d like to post new PL success stories on the website. You can see examples on this web page:
http://localhost/psa-live/about-pl-products/

We don’t need a lot of text–and we’re particularly interested in PL uses that do not involve egress markings. Send your success story in a Word document to me by email (bmclean@plsafety.org).

 

REM

 

Bob McLean, CAE
Executive Director
Photoluminescent Safety Association
2001 Jefferson Davis Highway, Suite 1004
Arlington, VA  22202-3617
p 703-370-7435
f 703-416-0014
bmclean@plsafety.org
www.plsafety.org

PSA: Defeat in the State of Washington

The State of Washington’s Building Code Council has eliminated the retrofit requirements for photoluminescent materials in high-rise occupancies as it pertains to the 2012 International Fire Code. The decision was announced today, November 9, at 2:45 p.m. ET.

This issue will next be up for review in 2015.

Al Carlson
President