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There are two types of periodic emergency lighting testing which should be carried out to ensure your emergency lighting installation remains compliant and fully functional.
The Regulator Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 states that the person in control of non-domestic premises is responsible for the safety of everyone in the building, this includes providing working emergency lighting.
What we test
We’ll visit your site and test all your emergency lights. This includes looking at the condition, charging capacity and battery drain. If we find anything wrong with any of your equipment, we’ll let you know what the problem is and how it can be resolved.
We’ll also issue you with an Emergency Lighting Certification and record the testing date for your logbook. We’ll also send you a reminder when we need to come and test your emergency lighting again.
Portable Appliance Testing - The Process
Formal Visual Inspection
An inspection of the appliance will help to identify any physical abnormalities. Whereas some may be put down to wear and tear and don’t affect the safety or functioning of the appliance, some could be an accident waiting to happen. On average, 90% of appliances which fail a PAT Test do so because of a good Formal Visual Inspection.
A visual inspection involves checks such as:
Once equipment has passed a Formal Visual Inspection it can be tested for electrical safety. This normally involves putting the equipment through a series of electrical tests using known currents and voltages, and taking test results. These results are compared to known values to determine whether specific safety features built into the equipment will perform if there is a fault situation.
Interpreting, Recording and Labelling
After the inspection and tests, the results need to be interpreted by the engineer to determine if the appliance has passed or failed. The appliance can then be labelled with a pass or fail sticker. The electrical readings obtained will form part of your PAT report.