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Emergency Light testing and maintenance

To ensure Emergency Lighting functions correctly when it is required during an emergency, it is extremely important that equipment is properly tested and maintained.

All emergency lighting should be checked and maintained by a competent person in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations on a regular schedule.

The following testing schedule has been designed to ensure the continued protection of property and occupants.

Due to a possibility that the normal lighting supply can fail after a short period of emergency lighting testing, we recommend wherever possible, that all tests should be undertaken at a suitable time when the loss of normal lighting will not cause disruption or danger to the occupants of the premises.

The results of all tests and any necessary corrective action should be recorded in a log record held on site, which shall be available if required for inspection by any authorised person.

The following testing schedule is designed in accordance with BS EN 50172:2004, BS5266-8:2004, 7.2.3 and BS 5266-8:2004, 7.2.4. All documents will be filled out on the test record BS 5266-1:2011 Emergency lighting code of practice for the emergency escape lighting of premises.

DAILY CHECKS.

Visually check that all maintained lamps are operating and that all system healthy indicators on Central Power Supply Systems (Central Battery Systems) are illuminated.

Check that any system fault recorded is given urgent attention and record all corrective actions in the log book provided.

MONTHLY CHECKS.

Check all luminaries and other emergency lighting equipment is in a good condition, all lamps and light controllers are clean, undamaged and not blackened.

Briefly test all emergency lighting equipment by simulating a failure of the normal lighting supply. Check that all equipment functions correctly.

Check that once the mains supply is restored, all charging indicators are again illuminated.

ANNUAL CHECKS.

A full system discharge test should be conducted by a competent service engineer, including a full rated duration test of the system. Due to the possibility that the normal lighting supply can fail after a short period of emergency lighting testing, we recommend when ever possible, that total discharge tests should be undertaken at a suitable time when the loss of normal lighting will not cause disruption or danger to the occupants of the premises.

Compliance of the installation and system with the requirements of BS EN and BS standards should be considered and documented.