The background for using wayfinding systems and signs glowing in the dark, can be found in regulations and common-sense business practice; if you don't provide e.g. guests, passengers a safe way out, your company will possibly be responsible for their deaths, injuries etc. Further, the negative impact of such a disaster will surly create a negative image of your company. An example of this was the Norwegian Cruise Ferry Prinsesse Ragnhilds' fire in the engine-room. Thanks to good weather and swift and correct action from the ships officers, the evacuation went very fast. All news-papers related the positive image of the successful evacuation, providing the company a positive image even tough there had been a fire on-board.
You will here find links to various regulations and information related to different legislations etc. If you are missing some information, please feel free to contact us.
Be aware that the text you will find on this pages are provided as-is and without any warranty (even though we have made every effort in providing you the correct text). For use in company-related activities, please contact the organization responsible for the regulation in order to get a hard-copy from them.
The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) was established by United Nations convention in 1948 as the premier body devoted exclusively to maritime matters. The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) is published by the IMO and incorporates regulations and guidance, including those related to fire safety, adopted by the majority of maritime nations. SOLAS covers a wide range of topics directly concerned with fire prevention and protection, including fire detection and extinction, human element issues, fire-fighting systems, wet-pipe sprinkler systems, marked means of escape on ships, structural fire protection on ships and maintenance and inspection procedures.
Below is a summary of some of the regulations you will find regarding this topic.
International Maritime Organization (IMO)
Resolution A.752(18) Guidelines of evaluation, testing and application of low location lighting on passenger ships.
Resolution MSC.61(67) Adaptation of the international code for application of fire test procedures.
Resolution MSC.57(67) Adaptation of amendments to the international convention for the safety of life at sea, 1974.
International Standards Organization (ISO)
ISO 16069/TC145 Safe Way Guidance System (SWGS)
ISO/DIS 3864 Safety colours and safety signs
ISO 6309 Fire protection - Safety signs
IEC 60598-2-22 Luminaries - Particular requirements - Luminaries for emergency lighting
IEC Publication 50 International electrotechnical vocabulary, Chapter 845; Lighting
International Building Code (IBC) 2000
North American Standards
UL 1994 Standard for low level path marking and lighting systems
UL 410 Standard for slip resistance for floor surface materials
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
ANSI SS-EN 60598-2-22 Particular requirements - Luminaries for emergency lighting
Standards Council of Canada (SCC)
ICS 47.020.60,29.140.50 Regulation on low location lighting installed on passenger ships
Association for the Standard Testing of Materials (ASTM)
ASTM E 2030-99: Guide for recommended uses of photoluminescent safety markings
ASTM E 2072-00: Standard specification for photoluminescent (phosphorescent) safety markings
ASTM E 2073-00: Standard test method for photopic luminance of photoluminescent markings
ASTM D 1654-92: Standard test method for evaluation of painted or coated specimens subjected to corrosive elements
ASTM D 4828-94(1999): Standard test methods for practical washability of organic coatings
ASTM D 1242-95a: Standard test methods for resistance of plastic materials to abrasion
Canadian Standards Association (CSA)
Uniform Building Code (UBC) 1997
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