Emergency Lighting, Installation and Maintenance

A frequent question we receive at EMS concerns emergency lighting requirements and the testing regimes which should be in place. Some customers are concerned they are not doing enough to ensure compliance whilst others wonder if they are going over and above what is required. To help provide a degree of clarification as regards to these issues we have decided to put together a short reference guide which summarises current guidance in this area.

Regular servicing and periodic maintenance of emergency lighting is essential. The occupier/owner of a building must employ a competent person to supervise the servicing of the system. In most cases outside contractors are used to maintain the emergency lighting on their behalf.

Emergency lighting is required to be tested at regular intervals. We will attend and advise you of a service routine that suits you and your building requirements. This can be annually or more frequently if required.

Emergency lighting can be ‘maintained’, i.e. on all the time, or ‘non-maintained’, i.e. normally off and only operates when the normal lighting fails. Emergency lights should operate for one, two or three hours, depending on the application but in practice most emergency lights are three hour. Emergency lights will also provide some use in the premises during a power failure other than in an emergency situation.

Whatever type of emergency lighting you already have in place, EMS Testing provide maintenance plans to suit.

All our work complies to British Standards – BS5266. As a contract customer we will provide you with a call-out service available 24-7, 365 days per year. All services performed are carried out in accordance with the relevant British Codes of Practice by fully trained and competent Technicians who are all CRB registered. The frequency of the testing could also be agreed through risk assessment.

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