IMO Safe Signs and Posters

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Introduction

 

Photo luminescent

The photo luminescent material used on SafeSign signs, stores the energy from light sources and releases the light energy in darkness. SafeSign only uses 100% environmental friendly material, free from any toxics or radioactive additives. The photo luminescent material needs enough light to be activated while the brightness and period of glow depends on the grade and thickness of pigment used. SafeSigns only uses photo luminescent material that exceeds the glow properties required. All photo luminescent signs and Low Location Light systems use the same, DNV certified, material.

Safe Sign innovated the sign industry by replacing the commonly used PVC with a modified PET, called PETX. The benefit of this PETX is that the product is completely recyclable, reducing the environmental footprint. PVC contains halogens, which can produce highly toxic fumes, and therefore the use of PVC is more and more prohibited. Another benefit of PETX used, is the resistance against UV. Where PVC will discolor, and becomes yellowish, Safe Sign PETX comes with a 10 year warrantee, even when used outdoor. SafeSign signs will not discolor.

 

Back-printing

SafeSign innovates by introducing a new way of sign printing. Instead of printing the photo luminescent layer and color print from the front, we developed a procedure whereby the colors are printed from the backside and then the photo luminescent layer is printed. This way, the printing is protected from environmental influences, from the back side it is sealed with a PE closed-cell foam tape which has a self-adhesive backing. The result is a sign with a shiny finish on the front, which is mounted easily with the selfadhesive backside and can be cleaned easily. All signs are delivered with a protective front film, which must be removed after mounting.

 

The most economical signs

The cost of signs is merely a small part of your total cost of signage. Identicications, ordering, transport, installation and invoicing are usually more than 90% of the cost. You can reduce this substantially by using SafeSign signs. Safe Sign signs are guaranteed good, for 10 years and easy-to-fix thanks to the selfadhesive backing. Save serious money on all these replacement cost while applying an evironmental friendly purchasing policy. Sustainability through innovation!

 

Rules and Regulations – SOLAS / NEW ISO Standards

 

Why should PVC not be used for signage?

Solas Chapter 11-2 Reg 6 Part B 6.2 Part B – Prevention of Fire and Explosion Regulation 6 – Smoke Generation Potential and Toxicity

1. Purpose
The purpose of this regulation is to reduce the hazard to life from smoke and toxic products generated during a fire in spaces where persons normally work or live. For this purpose, the
quantity of smoke and toxic products released from combustible materials, including surface finishes, during fire shall be limited.

2. Paints, varnishes and other finishes
Paints, varnishes and other finishes used on exposed interior surfaces shall not be capable of producing excessive quantities of smoke and toxic products, this being determined in accordance with the Fire Test Procedures Code.

 

What else to consider? Flame-spread characteristics

Solas Chapter 11-2 Reg 5 Part B 3.2.4.1

The following surfaces shall have low flame-spread characteristics in accordance with the Fire Test Procedures Code:

3.2.4.1 In passenger ships: 3.2.4.1.1 exposed surfaces in corridors and stairway enclosures and of bulkhead and ceiling linings in accommodation and service spaces (except saunas) and control stations, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sign Installation

SafeSign is the only manufacturer who supplies all signs, posters and LLL-strips with a selfadhesive backing. You will never have to use adhesives or other methods for fixing. The selfadhesive backing, from a PE closed-cell foam, is specifically selected to withstand the harsh marine environment. All signs, posters and LLLstrips are delivered with a protecting front film, which must be removed after mounting the product.

 

 

 

Luminance Properties

This illustration depicts an example of components used to convey one of the several possible layouts of a
safety way guidance system for a typical detail of escape route:
a: Escape route sign at intermediate position
b: High mounted single-sided photo illuminated safety sign
c: Indicator of the frame and door handle
d: Guidance line with directional indicator

The example is based on ISO 16069 Safety Way Guidance System

 

New ISO standard for Fire Control Symbols

Our new signs will comply with the ISO 24409 standard. This will mean that some of our signs will be replaced by newer ones. On the left you can see which signs will be replaced, and which signs you should use to comply with the all-new ISO 24409 regulations. If you have any questions regarding this new regulation, please contact us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All photo luminescent signage needs to meet the requirements stated in IMO resolution 752(18). This means that these signs need to provide, as a minimum, 15 mcd/m2 after 10 minutes and 2 mcd/m2 after 60 minutes when no longer exposed to an illuminating source. Signs, as low location light systems, need their luminance to be tested at least once every 5 years. Therefore it’s key to use quality signs which provide these values, and not only in the first months.

Especially signs used outside need to be of such a quality, that the exposure to UV, does not discolour the plastic, if so the requirements will not be met. T-ISS signs are made from PETX,  a modified polymer plastic which doesn’t discolour when exposed to UV light. The photo luminescent layer is protected as T-ISS prints the signs from the backside. You can rest assure, when using our signs, that you’ll be safe for at least 10 years.

 

IMO Posters

According to Solas regulations, information signs have to be placed in the direct area of rescue and lifesaving devices. They must explain function, control and actions to be taken. Safe Sign designs for this training and instruction posters which come in a outdoor high quality self adhesive PETX. The size is in general 30×40 cm. On special request we supply these signs bi-lingual. If you have any questions or special requests please don’t hesitate to contact us.