Emergency lighting should be tested regularly to ensure it is compliant and works correctly, allowing occupants to safely evacuate a building in the event of an emergency.
Are your emergency lights operating or compliant with current regulations?
This maybe a question you ask yourself from time to time, but ensuring your emergency lighting fully performs in the event of an emergency is crucial for compliance with statutory requirements and to give you peace of mind.
Monthly emergency lighting tests:
All emergency lighting systems must be tested monthly. The test is a short functional test in accordance with BS EN 50172 / BS 5266-8.
The period of simulated failure should be sufficient for the purpose of this test while minimising damage to the system components, e.g. lamps. During this period, all luminaires and signs shall be checked to ensure that they are present, clean and functioning correctly.
Annual emergency lighting tests:
A test for the full rated duration of the emergency lights (e.g. 3 hours) must be carried out. The emergency lights must still be working at the end of this test.
The result of the monthly and annual tests must be recorded and, if failures are detected, these must be remedied as soon as possible.
How can Veriserv help you?
Carrying out routine inspections to your emergency light installation is just part of the service that we offer. Veriserv offer various service levels of inspection that will ensure compliance, functionality and maintainability of your installation.
What is incorporated in the various service levels?
All inspections involve basic functional tests whereby the emergency light installation undergoes a “drop test”. This test ensures that all fittings are operated in emergency mode and remain operative for the required duration.
A number of other checks are routinely undertaken including the inspection of batteries or other backup supplies and compliance with current regulations.
Depending on the service level required, Veriserv will;
- Inspect at agreed intervals from monthly through to annually
- Undertake remedial repairs to ensure the system remains fully functional
- Provide a log book and ensure it is kept fully up to date
- Up date as fitted floor plan drawings in AutoCad format
- Provide certification & a full inventory report
- Provide expert advice on continued compliance without blowing your budget
- Label light fittings & switches to aid scheduled testing and remedial works
Emergency lighting is incredibly important to keep you and your employees safe. If you have any questions or would like us to arrange an assessment of your premises, please call 01543 225306, or fill out one of our contact forms