Does Your Building Comply With Emergency Exit Lighting Legislation and Standards?
By law, your office must have clearly visible and marked emergency and exit lighting. This is to facilitate the evacuation process in the case of emergency.
Sometimes all the current legislation and standards can be difficult to understand and implement. We have created a checklist to make the installation and testing your emergency and exit lighting as easy as possible.
1. Emergency lights
Enclosed places must have emergency lighting
They must operate in the case of failed electrical supply
If your building is open to the public, you definitely need emergency lighting
2. Safety lights
Building stairwells require safety lights
This lighting will need to be connected to a different power supply
These lights must clearly show the way from anywhere in the building, through exits and eventually
3. The number of exits
There should be minimum two on each floor of the building
However, this number is dependent on the size of the building, the surface area of each floor and the number of occupants in the building
Each exits must be free from obstruction and have a clear path
There must also be signs indicating no obstruction
4. Exit Signs
These signs must be illuminated at all times
Must be installed above each emergency exit without exception
Visible at all times from anywhere in the building
If you need more information, check out Australian Standards 2293.
Maintenance and Testing
We are qualified and experienced electricians when it comes to emergency lighting maintenance and testing. We fulfill all legal requirements so you don’t have to worry!
Scope of Work
The Australian standard states the emergency lighting installation be tested six-monthly intervals to see that the fittings operate for the required duration not less than 90 minutes
A twelve-monthly intervals are required for the fitting diffusers and reflecting surfaces are required to be cleaned
The Testing Process
Prior to testing, we visually inspect all flourescent lights for aging or damage. Next we will replace them where necessary
We then perform a discharge test for a 90 minute period
The lights are then reinstated
We record the results then replace or repair where necessary
What is Emergency and Exit Lighting Testing?
What would you do if all of your electricity shutdown while you were working?
Would you be able to safely exit the building?
Would you expect some sort of lighting to remain during this procedure..?
This is why the testing of your emergency and exit lighting is required. To ensure that these lights comply with current Australian standards and guarantee the safety of the building occupants. With this lighting, you cannot simply change the batteries to restore fault.
Light Globe Supply and Replacement
Previously, incandescent bulbs were used in emergency and exit light fittings. However, these bulbs are very inefficient bulbs when it comes to energy conservation. They only convert 5% of its energy into light and 95% of it energy into heat
We replace incandescent globes with energy efficient globes
These lights will save you money in the long term
We can advice you on the maintenance of your bulbs
Why is Testing Necessary?
Basically, owners of businesses and buildings need to guarantee and constantly monitor their employees and occupants safety. Faulty emergency and exit lighting can pose as a huge danger to employees. Therefore, testing of these lights is mandatory to ensure they are working in perfect order.