Emergency Lighting

Emergency Lighting

Emergency lighting is an essential element in the contemporary business environment.

Emergency lighting is an essential element in the contemporary business environment. In the UK, the current law demands that all occupied buildings be fitted with adequate escape lighting to allow safe exit in cases when the mains power break and GMPAT are up to date and fully compliant with the legal requirements.

According to the Fire Precautions Regulations 1997 & BS5266 part 1 for the workplace, building owners must have in place luminaries and are also required to test the emergency lighting systems frequently and ensure their maintenance in good working order. If unable or unsure how to procure, install or maintain the emergency lightings, just give us a call. GMPAT is here to help on all required stages.

It is essential to understand that during any emergency all exit and escape routes must be lit to a minimum number of lux, as detailed later below. Also, it is crucial to know that there are different emergency light fittings, each in accordance with the legal requirements and the particular needs for their use. As such, there are emergency lightings for open areas, escape routes and stairwells.

Testing And Servicing Of The Emergency Lighting Systems

The emergency lighting system must be tested by a qualified engineer as it requires the simulation of a mains power failure on the regular lighting circuit, forcing the emergency lighting system to switch to the battery supply.

The systems can be tested either automatically or manually. However, when tested manually, a GMPAT engineer is highly recommended. The tester must walk the whole circuit and ensure all emergency lights are operating correctly and after restoring the mains supply, the entire line must be re-checked again to guarantee the emergency lights are recharging. Finally, after the tests, the completion and status of the system must be logged in the fire safety logbook.




What does Fixed Wire Testing cover?

A Fixed Wire Test, or Periodic Inspection, is designed to assess the condition of an existing electrical installation and identify deficiencies. This includes all of the equipment required to distribute electrical power safely from its source to the areas it is needed to power equipment. The list of components could include:

  • Hard wiring and connections
  • Distribution boards and switchboards
  • Fuses, circuit breakers and RCDs
  • Lighting socket outlets
  • Air conditioning
  • Fixed plant
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Which legislation covers Fixed Wire Testing?

Electrical safety and regulations governing fixed wiring is covered by The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is clear that fixed wiring must be maintained in the workplace to prevent danger.


Download The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 Guidance (PDF)


Landlords & Fixed Wire Testing

Buy-to-let landlords in England will soon need to ensure electrical installation inspections and testing are carried out for all new tenancies in England from 1 July 2020 or from 1 April 2021 for existing tenancies, under the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020.

The new regulations will mean that landlords must ensure every fixed electrical installation is inspected and tested at least every five years by a qualified person. The regulations also state that a landlord is required to obtain a report of the results of the inspection and test, supply it to each tenant within 28 days and retain a copy until the next inspection is due.


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Electrical safety reports

Once an electrical installation has been tested by us we will provide the landlord with:

  • a written report which includes the results and the required date for the next inspection.
  • a duplicate report for the landlord to supply a copy of this report to each existing tenant living in the property within 28 days of the inspection.
  • a third copy of the report for the landlord to supply to local authorities if they ask for a copy. This must be supplied within seven days to the local authority, if they request a copy.
  • a forth copy of the report will be kept by us (the inspector) for the next inspection date.

Note for landlords – For new tenancies, the landlord must:

  • Give a copy of the most recent report to a new tenant before the tenant occupies the property
  • Give a copy of the most recent report to any prospective new tenant who requests the report in writing, within 28 days of receiving such a request.


Fixing Faults (We can help)

If our electrical safety report identifies any fault or potential fault we can investigate the fault further or repair the issue. This will allow the landlord to ensure further investigations or repairs are completed by a qualified person/fixed wire testing company within 28 days of the inspection, or within the timeframe set out in our report if this is shorter.

We will supply the landlord with an updated written confirmation that any faults and repairs have been carried out and that either the electrical safety standards are met, or further work is required.

This confirmation must be supplied to each existing tenant within 28 days of the work being undertaken, along with the original report identifying further work is required.

We can help ensure that the electrical installation is compliant and that you (the landlord) can supply your local authority with a test certificate proving that a fixed wire test has been carried out and meets the required standards.



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