PSA Standards Committee

The committee focuses on existing standards and future standards development to assist advancing our industry. The committee is chaired by a member of the Board of Directors and is open to all members who wish to participate. Since its creation in 2006, PSA, through many of its member companies, has actively participated in various standards-writing organizations.

Most Frequently Cited Standards Relating to Photoluminescence

  • UL 924–Standard for Safety of Emergency Lighting and Power Equipment
  • UL 1994–Standard for Luminous Egress Path Marking Systems
  • ASTM E2072-14–Standard Specification for Photoluminescent (Phosphorescent) Safety Markings (Note: An ASTM standard is issued under its fixed designation (here: E2072). The number immediately following (here: -14) indicates the year of its latest revision.)
  • ASTM E2073-10–Standard Test Method for Photopic Luminance of Photoluminescent (Phosphorescent) Markings
  • New York City Reference Standard RS 6-1–Photoluminescent Exit Path Markings (2 fc-120 min activation) and MEA-certification–based on Local Law26
  • New York City Local Law 141, derived from the IBC–International Building Code Section 1024 requirements, such as UL1994-listed (only 1 fc–60 min activation) and additional NYC specific requirements
  • APTA SS-PS-004-99, Rev. 2–Standard for Low-Location Exit Path Marking, published October 2007
  • APTA SS-PS-002-98, Rev. 3–Standard for Emergency Signage for Egress/Access of Passenger Rail Equipment, published October 2007 by the American Public Transportation Association
  • ISO 15370–Low-Location Lighting on Passenger Ships
  • ISO 16069–Graphical Symbols, Safety Signs, Safety Way Guidance Systems (SWGS)
  • DIN 67510 German Industrial Standard in 4 Parts–The standard defines the necessary terms for the evaluation of longtime afterglowing pigments and products and states how those should be measured and marked. For purchase at
  • JIS Z 9100–Japanese Industrial Standard for Safety Signs

Canceled Standards

    • MIL-L-3891B–Military Specification, Luminescent Material and Equipment (Nonradioactive), dated October 16, 2000, superseded by ASTM-E2072, ASTM E2073, and ASTM-E2030
    • ASTM E2030-09a–Standard Guide for Recommended Uses of Photoluminescent (Phosphorescent) Safety Markings (Note: The numbers and letter at the end of this Standard, -09a, indicate the second 2009 document update published that year)