Why must I consider emergency lighting?
"Emergency routes and exits requiring illumination must be provided with emergency lighting of adequate intensity in the case of failure of their normal lighting".
This is an excerpt from the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order (RRFSO) 2005 Article 14 (2) (h), , which came into force in October 2006, http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2005/1541/article/14/made
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order (RRFSO) 2005 charges the responsible person in control of non-domestic premises and the common areas of a House in Multiple Occupancy (HMO) with the safety of everyone in the building, whether working, visiting or living there. This duty of care includes the provision of emergency lighting.
The British Standard for emergency lighting BS5266, under this standard the duties of the responsible person are as follows:
"The responsible person has to be able to demonstrate that the hardware of fire safety systems and their maintenance are adequate to protect the occupants. Fire protection products and related services should be fit for their purpose and properly installed and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions or the relevant British Standard." (A Guide to Emergency Lighting Second Edition, 2012, p 211)
The responsible person can be the building or business owner, so an MD of a small bakery should be aware of their responsibility in the same way as a professional facilities manager in a national corporation.
This where CCSS can help business owners as we have over 20 years’ experience of designing, installing, commissioning and maintaining emergency light systems of all types and sizes to BAFE standards.
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With responsibility for emergency lighting on thousands of sites across the Midlands and the North of England CCSS has expertise few can rival in the following areas:
- Planning and design of the system
- Positioning of emergency lighting luminaires (wall/ceiling mounted lights and signs)
- Permanent installation of all fittings
- Periodic testing/maintenance of the system
CCSS is NICEIC approved and therefore all our installations are certified to BS7671 giving you peace of mind.
So, if you have had a Fire Risk Assessment and the resulting guidance says you should review your emergency light provision then contact CCSS and request a free survey of your needs.
While we are there we can offer advice and guidance on your fire alarm, fire extinguishers and anything else of concern highlighted on your Fire Risk Assessment points of action, one survey, one quotation, one phone number 0121 604 4499