Don’t Get Caught Out When It Comes To Your Emergency Lighting.
It’s often the case when it comes to office re-modelling or refurbishment that emergency lighting regulations get over looked. It is a criminal offence for your emergency lighting not to comply with the correct regulatory standards – installations must comply with the National Standards Body’s BS5266 parts 1, 7 and 8; products with BSEN 60598-2-22; and the testing with BS5266 Part 8. If it doesn’t you are breaking the law and could face jail.
Key areas where the laws on emergency lighting are being broken:
- Failure to comply with current standards for emergency lighting products
- Failure to comply with current standards for emergency lighting testing
- Failure to comply with current standards for emergency lighting installations
- Failure to undertake a risk assessment
- Failure to re-arrange emergency lighting after a building refurbishment or remodel
- Failure to recharge batteries before reoccupation
These are all important factors to remember when it comes to your emergency lighting systems and keeping on top of staying compliant should be high priority. Any changes to the UK’s regulatory standards should always be adhered to and businesses should remember to be aware of changes in legislations. This year alone emergency lighting violations have resulted in one 18 month imprisonment for a Blackpool hotelier and a £200,000 fine for a well known steel company.