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25/03/2015 / Graham Lowe

Shining a light on emergency standards

This month our guest blogger, Jayne Griffiths, explores the importance of CPD…

“I was recently asked by West Lindsey District Council to give a seminar on emergency lighting design and maintenance as part of their latest continuing professional development (CPD) course. I personally feel that it is important for anyone designing, installing or maintaining emergency lighting equipment to have a full understanding of the standards and legislation that govern emergency lighting and fire safety.

As a case in point, a recent survey we conducted on lighting installers found that 34 percent of businesses do not have an emergency lighting logbook. Considering this is a legal requirement, it’s a pretty alarming statistic, and highlights how much work there still is to do to ensure everyone in the industry is aware of, and following, emergency lighting legislation.

Legislation is a complex subject as requirements can vary depending on the size, location, type and usage of a building. However, there are some key standards all installers, specifiers, architects and facilities managers should be aware of:

  • The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRFSO) came into effect in 2006 and is now the current source of English & Welsh legislation covering fire safety systems and emergency lighting. The RRFSO states that all buildings in  England and Wales are required by law to have their emergency routes and exits indicated by signs. Illumination must be provided with emergency lighting in the case of failure of their normal lighting. Part of being compliant with the RRFSO is to  demonstrate that a  full risk assessment has been carried out.
  • European Directives affecting Emergency Lighting, such as the Construction Products Directive (89/106) and the Workplace Directive (89/654) set a minimum standard for European emergency lighting and signage in workplaces across Europe. It is also important for installers to understand the requirements of the Safety Signs Directive (92/58) and the changes to graphics brought about by BS EN ISO7010.

 

  • The Industry Committee of Emergency Lighting (ICEL) has published a number of guides and publications which provide thorough recommendations detailing installing and maintaining emergency lighting.

 

  • British Standards have a code of practice for the emergency escape lighting of premises; BS5266. Installers and end users should refer to this in relation to best practise design, installation and maintenance of emergency lighting systems.

 

By finding out more information about these standards and directives, businesses can optimise the effectiveness of their emergency lighting systems, which in turn maximises the safety of their buildings and their occupants.”

For more information on CPD courses provided by Hochiki Europe visit: www.hochikieurope.com/cpd. You can also contact Hochiki Europe on 0044 (0)1634 266 566, or email: e-marketing@hochikieurope.com.

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