Emergency Light testing is carried out to ensure the lights work correctly. They are important to health and safety and should illuminate exit routes. These routes are for people leaving the building in a emergency. A safe exit must always be illuminated.
Emergency lights are used for various reasons as follows;
Loss of power.
Failure to the lighting system.
If the emergency lights do not work correctly; this could result in serious outcomes which include injury and death.
Emergency lighting testing is a requirement by UK law, This ensures all exit routes are illuminated. This is for all places with guest access and include the following:
Emergency Light testing should be carried out on a regular basis. Once complete the emergency light test should be placed in the log book. This will include the time and date. Once completed by a contractor you should also receive a emergency light certificate.
Emergency light testing Schedule:
Daily Emergency Light Test: Check LED’s are on.
Monthly Emergency Light Test: Switch test switch of to ensure emergency lights come on.
Annual Emergency light Test:Switch lights of to ensure emergency lights illuminate for 3 hours.
Types of emergency lights:
1. Non–Maintained Emergency Light: These emergency lights only illuminate only when the main power fails.
2. Maintained Emergency Light: Dual served emergency lights that work in normal operation with the lighting system. When the power cuts out, the emergency lights illuminate through a battery pack back up.
3. Sustained Emergency Light: Is a combination of the maintained and non maintained emergency lighting.
Emergency Light Test Legal requirements;
Emergency light testing is a legal requirement. The tests are UK law and should not be ignored follow this external link for more information on your emergency light test.
Failure to comply with these requirements can result in prosecution. You could ultimately end up in a criminal court if there is serious injury or death; as a failure to comply with the emergency light testing procedures.
Emergency Light Certificate and emergency light inspection and testing
Emergency Lighting Certificate
Emergency light certificate are similar to electrical certificates in appearance. They are required after a emergency light testing and inspection has been carried out at your property. Emergency Light testing is recommended by LAW in the UK for health and safety; the emergency light certificates must be held in a safe place as proof of compliance.
You will receive your emergency light certificate from the etm Electrical Test Midlands; once the emergency light testing has been completed. This will provide you with any recommendations that require fixing on the installation. These recommendations can be damage; deterioration; defects or dangerous conditions.
How often should you get a emergency light certificate?
There are various time scales for emergency lit testing to be carried out. But the recommendations are as follow;
Weekly emergency light tests. (Checking the LED are on)
3 Monthly emergency light Tests. (Switching the power of to ensure lights illuminate)
6 monthly emergency light Tests. (Let the batteries discharge for 1 hour to see if the lights stay on)
Annually emergency light Test (Let the batteries discharge for 3 hour to see if the lights stay on)
The only main requirement above is the annual test; although it is highly recommended that you carry out the other tests. This is to ensure safety.
Did you know…..?
Each Employer; Building Controller or Building Owner (The Responsible Person); must protect employees or any other persons legally entering their premises. Emergency lighting Systems must meet requirements of BS5839 or else will be deemed non-compliant.
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Emergency Light Inspections Check List
Emergency Light Inspection
Emergency Light Inspection Check List:
Below is a list of thing required for your emergency light inspection. We request you follow this before an etm Electrical Test Midlands engineer arrives. This ensures you are ready for your emergency light testing.
Make sure your electrician can access the consumer unit. Any items blocking the consumer unit could prevent the emergency light inspection.
Please provide us a estimate of height for the consumer unit. This way we can bring appropriate ladders. This is to ensure access is adequate.
Make sure the installation is live upon arrival. If there is no electricity we cant carry out the test.
It is recommended you carry out a 1 hour test on the lights. This is so you know they work.
Count the amount of emergency lights we are testing; let us know the amount of lights and locations. This is to ensure we do not miss any.
Ensure you have located all emergency light inspections switches. Provide make if possible; this ensures we bring the correct keys with us.
Full tests may be carried out in these circumstances; Early signs of dangers/recommendations present; Locations not available. If this happens you will still be charged.
Provide any previous reports or drawing you have on the emergency light installation.
Provide any previous certificates or periodic inspection reports so we have an idea of the history of the electrical installation.
ETM are accredited specialists in the following areas, providing cost effective compliance services
Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) • Electrical Installation • Electrical Inspection • Fixed Wire Testing• Repairs and Remedial
• Electrical Compliance • Energy Monitoring • Thermal Imaging • Emergency Lighting Testing • Fire Alarm Testing • Fire Extinguisher • Lightning Protection •Legionnaires Testing
ETM Electrical Test Midlands offers a range of testing and certification services to support customers in managing compliance around electrical safety for new and existing installations.
For further information, call 01922 710014 or visit www.electricaltestmidlands.com for more advice