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Emergency Light

Emergency Light Testing

Maintaining your emergency lighting units ensures that all staff and public have sufficient illumination, in the event of an emergency, to evacuate a building.

Duties of Owner / Occupiers

Clause 7.1 of BS5266-8 requires the occupier/owner of the premises to appoint a competent person to supervise the testing and servicing of the emergency lighting system.

The Fire Scotland act 2005 places duties on employers and persons in control of most non-domestic premises in Scotland, to ensure safety of employees and others in respect of harm caused by fire in the workplace. This would include ensuring that regular maintenance of fire detection and fire alarm and emergency escape lighting systems should be carried out.



When the Emergency lighting is installed the competent person handing over the system should advise the responsible person on the method of carrying out monthly and annual inspection and testing, including the use of manual or automatic test facilities. The system documentation, certification, log book and any other relevant information should be handed over. In particular the importance of keeping the documents up to date by completing the log book regularly and storing documents in a safe place for reference as necessary, should be explained.

Once and Inspection and Test is completed by White Testing a report detailing lights inspected and tested and a fault action report is produced.

Coming shortly our web reporting portal, where all results are stored and you can access anytime to keep a log of your testing.

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Testing involves simulating a failure to the normal lighting for a period sufficient to ensure that emergency lighting is functioning correctly.

By simulation of the failure of the mains supply to the normal lighting switch on each luminaire and each internally illuminated sign for its full rated duration. At the end of this test period the supply to the normal lighting should be restored and every indicator lamp or device checked to ensure that it is showing that the normal supply has been restored. Details should be entered in to the log book and any faults classified as a need to repair the system or need for safeguarding of premises.

Any central battery systems checked and standby supplies checked per supplier recommendations.

Any automatic testing incorporated and results recorded.