Electrical Statutory Testing & Inspection

ST&I ensures that employers, institutions and landlords fulfill their duties under current legislation by testingВ fixed installations,В portable appliances (PAT), emergency lighting, microwave appliances using traditional and modern techniques such as thermal imaging.

Each year there are around 1,000 electrical accidents at work and about 30 people die from their injuries. Electrical faults are also a major cause of fire. However, 40% of Responsible Persons admit they do not know what their legal obligations are.

In 2013, fines for ignoring electrical regulations were increased from ВЈ5,000 to ВЈ20,000; 20% of Responsible PersonsВ did not know there were any fines for non-compliance or that their insurance cover would be invalidated.

Emergency Lighting

Emergency Lighting

Emergency lighting is a legal requirement under The Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997 and 14(2)(h) of the Fire Safety Order to provide back up during a power failure so that buildings and places of work can be safely evacuated in the event of fire; “Emergency routes and exits requiring illumination must be provided with emergency lighting of adequate intensity in case lighting fails”

The internal battery and lamp needs to be tested every 12 months to ensure that the system is effective.

Our service ensures that employers, institutions and landlords fulfill their duties under current legislation by testing emergency lighting installations and providing full and detailed information on test results.

Comprehensive Emergency Lighting Test & Inspection service

Our electrical engineers are specialists qualified to City and Guilds 1 and 2, C+G 2377 and 2391 inspection and testing standard. We are accredited members of the NICEIC – guaranteeing that our work is of the highest standard and performed by experienced professionals.

Certification is produced usingВ AmtechВ electrical certification software to provide a comprehensive compliance report which documents the work carried out, the results andВ remedial repairs where appropriate.

This information is readily accessible online to our clients within hours of tests being completed, throughВ our Computer Aided Facilities Management WebsiteВ via a secure login or supplied in an alternative format, such as paper hard copy.

Common Emergency Lighting FAQ's

  • What is Emergency Lighting Testing ?
    • To comply with the legislation and guarantee the effective illumination of exits during a power failure, an annual 3 hour run down test of the internal battery and lamp in all emergency fittings is conducted by a competent person.

  • Which aspects of the system require testing?
    • All emergency lights, lamps and batteries need to be tested to ensure they are fit for purpose. The inspection should also check the location, number and type of emergency fittings.

      In the case of a new business a Fire Risk Assessment should be conducted to identify the correct type of emergency lighting system for your premises.

  • Who should do the test?
    • Testing must be conducted by a competent person. Competent persons are those who have experience of test and inspection work. For your own peace of mind, evidence of their qualifications and experience in this type of work should be asked for.

  • How often are Emergency Lighting Tests required?
    • In accordance with BS5266-1В Emergency lighting: Code of practice for the emergency escape lighting of premises; all emergency fittings must be inspected by a competent person every 12 months.


  • What happens if an item fails an Emergency Lighting Test?
    • Any remedial works must be carried out as a matter of urgency;В we offer our customers a remedial solution to repair any defects found during the inspection process. We will provide a no obligation quotation to repair any defects to the standard required byВ  BS5266-1 and issue the required Certificate once the fault has been rectified. We do not charge for the replacement of small items – only for the parts themselves.

  • What is the difference between maintained and non-maintained emergency lighting?
    • Maintained emergency lighting is constantly powered so that it may act as a standard light fitting but will also operate a a backup in the event of a power failure. They are usually found in common areas where the public have little knowledge of the environment.

      Non-maintained emergency lighting only comes on in the event of a power failure to illuminate emergency exits. They are commonly found in the workplace where staff will have a good idea of where the exits are.

  • Is the testing disruptive?
    • Lighting circuits will need to be isolated involving a general run down test lasting 3 hours.

      If necessary we could carry out the testing outside of normal working hoursВ (Which we consider to be after 5pm Monday to Friday or on Saturday).

  • What evidence do we get that the testing has been completed?
    • Upon completion of the test and inspection you will receive a report that provides the following information;

      • An Emergency Lighting Inspection & Test Certificate
      • A list of defects or deviations from the British Standard (these will require attention)

      We are happy to discuss with you any of the technical aspects of the report.

  • How much will it cost?
    • There are many factors that can affect the cost of testing Emergency Lighting such as type of installation, location, access and availability.

      For a quote please phoneВ 0151 559 1944

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