Who can carry out Emergency Light Testing?

The owner or responsible person within the premises is responsible for ensuring their emergency light testing procedure and tests in respect to the building’s emergency lighting system are properly carried out. This ensures compliance under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order.


Emergency Light Testing Regulations

Emergency light testing requirements are detailed in the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) 2005 Order handbook (FSO), in particular Section 14 (emergency exits and routes). Emergency lighting systems should be inspected / tested at regular intervals. It is recommended for different lighting checks to be performed on a monthly or annual basis.

The Process of Emergency Light Testing

One of our expert emergency lighting engineers will come to your site and carry out the following:

  • Testing your emergency lights, checking the condition of the lighting, changing the battery if needed or charging to battery
  • We will make sure to add the testing date to your internal testing logbooks 
  • We will inform you of any deficiencies found in the lighting and recommend solutions going forward 
  • We can provide you with an immediate quote for any work needed for the lighting using our lighting expertise
  • We are able to train your employees on checking the lighting regularly and conducting monthly tests themselves 
  •  And finally, we can provide your business with an emergency lighting certificate to ensure your lighting complies with regulations

Emergency Light Testing Frequency

Monthly Lighting Tests

All emergency lighting systems should be tested monthly. This is a short functional test in accordance with BS 5266–1:2016. The duration of the test should be sufficient to ensure that the luminaire operates correctly, whilst minimising any damage to the system components, e.g. Lamps, Battery.

Annual Lighting Tests 

The annual test should be a full rated duration test to ensure that the emergency lights are still working and producing an acceptable level of light at the end of the test. This test must be carried out by a competent person.

Full duration emergency lighting testing can be carried out in addition to monthly tests which can be carried out by the health and safety executive on-site. Full duration lighting tests entail checking that the light facility is activated safely in an emergency situation and remains on for the duration of the battery unit, usually, this will be 3 hours to ensure plenty of time. After the light has been tested, the luminaire will be returned to standby mode.

Our team of electricians attend regular CPD certified training sessions to ensure we remain up to date with any changes in the industry.

Once testing is complete we issue a report which will incorporate any malfunctions or recommendations of remedial work required.

UK Safety Management Remedial Works

UK Safety Management is on hand to help with all your emergency lighting testing needs so your business can keep people safe and stay in line with lighting regulations. 

At UK Safety Management, we’re here to help. That’s why we make it our priority to offer free quotes on any remedial works you may require on your property or premises. If one of our specialist engineers finds anything that needs to be re-serviced or rectified we offer a free no-obligation quote with any of our services. 

This is available on all the services that we offer, including emergency light testing. Feel free to speak to your expert advisor today or contact us on 0844 800 4180. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Any competent person can carry out emergency light testing. This can be the owner of a business or a responsible person within the workplace, who can be trusted to carry out tests and adhere to safety regulations.

Emergency light testing procedures are carried out to make sure that the lights on emergency exits work and will do if there is an emergency.

To test an emergency light, press the ‘push to test’ button on the casing. Hold this button down for 30 seconds, which will test to see if the bulb and battery are working.

Emergency light testing must be carried out monthly. They should simulate complete electricity and lighting failure, lasting as long as a real-life emergency situation. Do keep in mind that these tests should not damage lighting and equipment.

Legally, all businesses need to have emergency lighting and they need to be tested monthly, with a full test being carried out once per year. This is to ensure all corridors, emergency exits and routes are illuminated and can be easily navigated in the event of an emergency.

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