It is a legal requirement that all commercial and industrial buildings be fitted with an emergency lighting system – with relevant emergency light testing having been carried out – as this ensures that there is safe passage should the building in question need to be evacuated, in the case of an emergency. Emergency light testing is therefore a vital part of this process, it allows for proper maintenance of the system which in turn makes certain that the emergency light system itself is fit for purpose. Importantly, this is a statutory requirement and most insurance companies require it, not only this but your life and the lives of staff and employees could depend on your having had emergency light testing when needed.
Our Emergency Light Testing Service
Here at PTS Compliance, we are able to arrange provide you with regular inspections, testing and certifications regarding your emergency lighting systems. This can occur every 6 or 12 months to ensure your premises fully comply with BS5266-1. We'll also provide the required documentation and the necessary emergency light testing logbook. For the majority of our clients, we provide annual inspections, testing and certification of emergency lighting. We use fully qualified electricians who are vastly experienced in emergency light testing. We can also supply you and your business with a standard or bespoke logbook. These will enable you to follow clearly and simply the full annual test. You can also designate a member of your staff to this task so that they can quickly and easily perform monthly checks using an easy to follow (tick box style) logbook.
Our Emergency Lighting Inspection And Testing Procedures Include:
- Luminaire duration testing
- Cleaning of diffusers
- Battery charging functional check
- Labelling of luminaires
- Supply of test results and/or log books
- Supply and fitting of emergency exit directional signs
- Advice on any improvements required
- General Information on Emergency Lighting
The purpose of emergency light testing is to ensure that emergency lights remain fully functional (for the specified duration) during mains electrical failure and that all lighting and exit signs are up to date with current legislation; adequate for the purpose intended. BS5266 recommends that emergency lighting systems be regularly serviced by 'competent' persons i.e. emergency lighting professionals such as those within our team here at PTS Compliance. Furthermore, these professionals must have the necessary knowledge, skills and training to undertake emergency lighting servicing procedures.
It is vital that your pay attention to the implementation of a periodic system of inspection and testing regarding your emergency lighting system. This ensures that this system remains reliable at all times and that in the event of an emergency or power failure, the emergency lighting operates, ensuring that people can safely evacuate the building.
If you currently have 5 or more members of staff under your employ, then you are required by law (under The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order) to carry out a fire safety risk assessment. We are able to offer a tailored risk assessment service that will designed spefically to help employers fulfil their statutory obligations under the aforementioned Order.
Routine Emergency Lighting Testing Should Be Conducted:
Daily – You should perform a visual check each day to ensure that all of your emergency lighting systems are operating correctly and that all of your applicable indicators are working. This should always be conducted by the 'responsible person'/’delegate’ who’s job it is to ensure that this is completed. If any faults are discovered, then these need to be logged and corrected/fixed as soon as is possible.
Monthly – You should make sure that all luminaires are inspected for signs of damage or disrepair. Then, you need to briefly test all emergency lights to make sure that they operate in the event of mains electricity supply failure. This will usually be carried out by the 'responsible person'. If any faults are discovered, then these need to be logged and corrected/fixed as soon as is possible.
Annually – You need to carry out a full system inspection and duration test of all of your emergency lights; performed by a 'competent person' i.e. a specialised professional: this being in possession of the necessary skills, training and knowledge that enable them to perform emergency light testing, maintenance and servicing. Compliance with BS5266 should be considered and produced in the emergency lighting certification report. Any faults should be rectified. Our engineers are qualified and experienced in the routine inspection and testing of emergency lighting systems.
Where Do You Need Emergency Lights?
There are a vast number of different reasons why you need emergency lighting for your business premises or offices. Please read on to learn where you need to have a fully functional and tested emergency light system in place (emergency lights are required where artificial lighting is installed on escape routes):
- Open areas greater than 60 square metres
- Areas of special risk
- Near to stairs and adequate to shine direct light on all treads
- At any change of direction
- At any changes in floor level
- Near to corridors and intersections
- Near to firefighting equipment
- Near to first aid points
- Outside each final exit point
As recognised specialists in emergency lighting testing, maintenance and servicing, we have considerable expertise in the testing and inspection of these systems. We have worked on a vast range of different locations and for a diverse portfolio of different industries, from schools and colleges to commercial offices and retail premises, we can provide organisations of all types with a one-off of ongoing programme of testing and certification, along with remedial works if required.
Call us free today on 0800 644 5400 for more information or get in touch here to arrange a free, no-obligation emergency light testing survey.