Certification

EMERGENCY LIGHTING CERTIFICATION

Emergency Lighting is the first line of escape in the event of an emergency. It illuminates the safest way to the nearest exit and if not maintained can inevitably lead to accident or death ensuing prosecution of the premises owner or employer due to negligence. We at IETC can offer our customers full commissioning of new installations and annual testing of existing installations ensuring that all our customers have peace of mind in the knowledge that they have an efficient and safe emergency lighting system at the ready if and when required.

So many Companies who test emergency lighting simply test the system and issue a report which includes a list of defects that require resolving by a qualified electrician. This will inevitably add to costs with the possibility of long delays prior to the defects being corrected. We will test and fix any defects found as quickly as possible and with little or no inconvenience caused.

Many emergency lighting systems throughout Ireland are not clearly identified and thus not up to regulation standard. All Public Buildings and Businesses’ must label all emergency lights for which they must have a corresponding log book and drawings. This information is crucial and must be available to the fire officer when applying for or renewing a license. If this is the case for your business we can label and produce cross reference drawings and log books for your entire emergency lighting system. This procedure will speed up the process of future maintenance and in doing so save time and money.

LAW/REGULATIONS

Emergency Lighting is one of the most important aspect of any building no matter the size or nature of the business. It is a life safety system and must, by law, be maintained and tested on a regular basis as stated by the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI).
The Code of Practice for Emergency Lighting IS3217: 1989

‘There must be clear indication and safe level of illumination of escape routes in the event of failure of normal power’

‘In addition to the moral duty placed on the occupiers of buildings and employers, there are specific statutory duties, which require adequate signage and emergency lighting in buildings. Life safety systems in buildings and industrial plants are essential to the maintenance of a safe place of work and emergency lighting, which is one of the key systems, must be maintained to the highest levels’

TESTING PROCEDURE

Weekly & Three Monthly Checks
We provide training on the procedures for the above checks. More details can be seen below.

Annual
The following procedures will be carried out by us for an annual test:

  • 3 Hour emergency lighting test is set up for each distribution board at an interval of 30mins to ensure time to carry out all checks.
  • All Lamps checked and verified to ascertain any blown lamps.
  • All LEDs in charging circuit will be checked and verified for illumination.
  • Drawings will be marked for up to date drawings to be produced on completion of all testing.
  • Check that all defects recorded in the log book have been rectified.
  • Lux level readings will be taken to ascertain correct levels of light.

Where there is a central test unit along with the procedures above, we will:

  • Carry out full manufacturer’s test.
  • Check Levels of electrolyte in batteries.
  • Check that all indicator lamps are functioning.

Where there is a standby generator we will also:

  • Check fuel, oil and coolant levels.
  • Full run test on generator on full load (if convenient)
  • Carry out manufacturer’s recommended maintenance

On completion of all certification we will issue a full report on the system. Any faults can be rectified by us, as agreed, in the service agreement. On full receipt of payment an emergency lighting certificate will be issued for you system.

ON SITE TRAINING

We can provide on site training for routine maintenance of emergency lighting systems. This will involve selected employees being taken through the process on how to carry out routine inspections and a three monthly 30 minute test which are all essential tasks within the daily maintenance of the emergency lighting.

Our training will involve the following:

  • What to look for in the fortnightly maintenance checks that would otherwise be missed by the untrained eye.
  • How to operate the 10 & 30 minute tests.
  • The procedure for testing emergency lighting circuits fed from multiple distribution boards.
  • Full practical training on the above.

For more information or to book your training please contact our office or e-mail admin@ietc.ie 

Please note that this service will only be available if we feel the selected employee is competent and has the relevant experience to carry out such tasks.