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Emergency Lighting Planned Maintenance

Under the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 it states ' As may be necessary to prevent danger ALL systems shall be maintained as to prevent, as far as is reasonably practicable, such danger.


When considering Emergency lighting installations compliance with British Standards BS5266 will support duty holders in meeting their legal obligations. 

It is the responsibility of the duty holder to:

  1. determine the frequency and scope of works necessary to suitably maintain the Emergency Lighting system;
  2. appoint  a suitably competent person/s to carry out the required activities. 

Again BS5266 sets out guidance that if followed can demonstrate the Duty Holder has fulfilled their legal obligations. 

There are 3 routine maintenance inspections required to satisfy the requirement of these British Standards. 

Daily Visual Inspection: 

It is reasonable for this inspection to be undertaken by the users of the facilities, and it should be encouraged then any non-operational fittings identified be communicated to the Duty Holder, they must then action the necessary remedial works in a reasonable time frame. Actions should be recorded in the Logbook.

Monthly Function Check:

These should be carried out routinely, every month, by a suitably trained and competent person, or someone under clear guidance and supervision of a Competent person. This test requires a simulation of a power failure event, and a check undertaken to ensure All emergency light fittings are functioning correctly and meet design specification in terms of light output. Non-conformities should be communicated to the Duty Holder, they must then action the remedial works in a reasonable time frame. Actions and test should be recorded in the Logbook.

Annual Duration Inspection and Test

It is a requirement that these are undertaken by a suitably trained and competent person. This test requires a simulation of power failure for a sustained period of time, determined by the installation, typically 3hours. During this time the Emergency lighting system must sustain a the designed light level, fittings should be closely inspected and covers, enclosures and diffusers cleared of debris and contaminants to achieve maximum light level output. Condition of electrical termination should be inspected. Non-conformities should be communicated to the Duty Holder, they must then action the remedial works in a reasonable time frame. Actions and test should be recorded in the Logbook. Upon completion Certification should be issued to the person/s ordering the works.


A further British Standard to be satisfied at the time of the Annual Duration Inspection and Test is BS7671:2018. This requires that the fixed wiring of an emergency Lighting System be Annually Inspected and tested. 


At ESCS we are suitably trained, qualified, experienced and Competent to undertake these works and can provide services ranging from Single Annual Visits to undertake the Annual Duration Inspection and Test and Fixed Wire Testing, Monthly Function Checks to routinely confirm the system is functioning in accordance with design requirements, carry out necessary remedial works and planned and reactive maintenance.

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