Emergency Lighting Legislation
Know you requirements
Emergency lighting is required in all premises where people are employed. It is a Life Safety System and is required to assist the occupants in the event of an emergency. It will assist in the evacuation of a premises in the event of power failure.
It is a mandatory requirement to be installed where artificial lighting is installed.
Remember, Emergency Lighting is designed to help save lives!
All Employers, Landlords or Occupiers have a duty under the “Fire Precaution (Workplace) Regulations 1999” to carry out a risk assessment to ensure their premises and activities are able to facilitate safe escape in the event of an emergency.
Complying with the Fire Precaution (Workplace) Regulations 1997
The Emergency Lighting British Standard BS5266 defines the requirements for the correct installation of Emergency Lighting. Compliance with this standard will ensure that your premises, meets the requirements of the Fire Precaution (Workplace) Regulations.
Continued Compliance with BS5266
As you can see above, compliance with the Emergency Lighting Regulations BS5266 will ensure you meet your statutory requirements, but only if the system is fully functioning.
BS5266 part-1 further sets out the requirements for continued user checks and routine inspection & tests.
BS5266-8 requires that inspection & tests should be carried out at the following intervals;
Subsequent Annual Test
All check frequencies have specific requirements. Checks should be recorded where necessary in the Emergency Lighting Log Book.
Regulations have undergone a number of changes since their introduction, keeping up to date with regulations is important and failure to do so may mean that your installation does not comply.
How can TECS help you comply with your legal requirements
As an Emergency lighting testing Specialist, TECS have considerable expertise in the Periodic Inspection and Test of Emergency Lighting.
After careful evaluation of your premises, its uses and its occupancy, we will carry out a Formal Inspection & test that fully complies with the requirements as set out in BS5266-1:1999.
All inspections will check that Emergency lighting is installed in required locations as well as testing the functionality of existing lighting.
Periodic Inspection Report & Emergency Lighting Log Book.
Following a Periodic Inspection of your Emergency Lighting Installation, TECS will provide a Certificate that will detail the specific nature of the inspection along with any departures from BS5266 that may exist.
All certificates supplied by TECS will clearly display our accreditation with the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contractors (NICEIC) along with our enrolment number.
BS5266 requires an up to date log book to be kept that details the type of Emergency lighting Installed along with all events and checks to be logged. Where no log book is present, TECS can supply a comprehensive log book that fully details the type of emergency lighting system installed, responsible persons, contractors and even Manufacturers should spare parts be sought. All further inspections will then be recorded within the “Events” section of the book.
Disclaimer: All information detailed above is for reference purposes only, any or all details may have changed, please refer to current Regulations & Guidelines.