Emergency Lighting & Testing

Emergency lighting is designed to help save lives in your workplace.

Emergency lighting testing is the process of ensuring that the lighting in your workplace that is designed to guide employees, visitors and customers to safety in the event of an emergency, is working properly. It is important that this lighting is regularly tested and maintained.

Let us do the hard work for you by making sure they are completely safe and working properly. We take the stress of maintenance off your shoulders by carrying out thorough tests to ensure they are properly functional and working. 

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Emergency Lighting

Emergency lighting should be tested by regularly by a competent person.  It should be done daily, monthly, six monthly and three years from the date of installation and subsequently, for self-contained units, annually, in accordance with British Standard 5266 Part 1: 1999. 

Any defects should be recorded and receive immediate attention where possible and as soon as practically possible in all other circumstances. The person responsible for testing the system should be given authority to have any repairs conducted as necessary without delay.  Before carrying out any tests, the competent person should identify the working duration of the emergency light units.  This will usually be 1 hour or 3 hours.

  • Daily Inspection
  • Check the log book for faults and remedial action.
  • Walk through the premises ensuring all maintained (permanently lit) lamps are operating correctly.
  • Check that indicators on control panels for central battery systems and generators (where used) are indicating normal operation.
  • Record any faults in the log book and ensure remedial action is taken and recorded.
  • Monthly inspection and test
  • Ensure all defects have been rectified.
  • Clean exterior of lights and signs.

Test for operation as follows:

Self-contained units (not connected to a central battery bank or generator):

  • All lights and signs should be operated by simulated mains lighting failure for a period only long enough to ensure each lamp illuminates and this must be no longer than ¼ of the duration time for the system.  During this period each light or sign should be examined visually for correct operation.
  • Following this test the mains should be restored and any indicator lamp or device checked to ensure that mains supply has been restored.  (This is usually indicated by a small red light coming on within the unit).

Central battery systems:

  • Each central battery system should be activated from its battery by simulated mains lighting failure and the same checks carried out as for self-contained units.
  • If all lights and signs cannot be checked within the time allowed the system should be tested in blocks, allowing the batteries to fully re-charge after each test. 

Generator operated systems:

  • Operate by simulation of mains lighting power and run for a period of at least one hour, checking operation of all lights and signs for correct operation. Check starting system battery is charging correctly then check and top up fuel, coolant and oil levels a necessary.
  • The engine should then be prevented from starting and the back-up battery operating system operated by simulation of mains lighting power failure and operated for a period only sufficient to check that the change-over system from normal to battery is operating correctly.
  • The system should then be returned to normal operation and the generator allowed to run for a further period of at least one hour to re-charge the system.
  • The lights and signs should then be checked for correct operation again as before.
  • The system should then be returned to normal operating conditions and again checked to ensure that the starting system battery is charging correctly and that fuel, coolant and oil levels are topped up as necessary once more. 
You can relax, safe inthe knowledge that DIS Contractors can manage all of this for you.

Contact us today on 01522 825825

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