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Emergency Lighting Safety First


Emergency lighting can save lives. It’s an important topic and it’s imperative that legislation is followed to ensure safety. We talk to those in the know about meeting these requirements.


The correct application of emergency lighting can be the difference between life and death, so it is imperative that evacuations in case of emergency are as fast and as calm as possible.


Not only is this the sensible and safe thing to do, UK Fire Safety legislation dictates that commercial, public and industrial buildings must be made safe at all times. Bernard Pratley, Director at ICEL, the emergency lighting arm of the Lighting Industry Federation (LIF), understands this legislation and how it helps building owners, facilities managers, emergency lighting specifiers and installers comply with requirements. “Building Regulations require that systems comply with BS 5266-1, the Code of Practice for emergency lighting. Guidance is provided on the method of assessing the requirements for emergency lighting to high risk areas.” ICEL publishes its 1006 document, which helps establish the risks that may be encountered in many premises. European standard EN1838, the minimum emergency lighting design


requirements for workplace applications, help to ensure that all requirements are made. “To ensure that the emergency luminaires and exit signs comply, products from ICEL registered companies, or companies that have had their products third party tested and approved to EN60598 2 22, should be considered,” concludes Pratley. Alan Daniels, Business Development


Director of P4 Limited, also focuses much attention on education around the relevant legislation affecting the emergency lighting industry. As well as the introduction of changes to BS 5266-1, Daniels believes there are other considerations to pay attention to. ”Also be aware of the increasing importance of ‘consultation’, covered in Clause 4.1 of the new Standard,” he explains. “This stipulates that it is important if possible to consult with all relevant persons so the ‘Responsible


Inset: Emergency Lighting can help to create a calm and speedy evacuation process. Below: P4’s Quantum LED range is already being used for a number of installations.


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