In Australia, we have emergency light standards in place to ensure people have a safe path during an emergency. Regular emergency light testing and inspection are essential and mandatory for commercial buildings in Australia. If you run a business in a building, you need to make sure your system is up to scratch.
Australian Standards Emergency Lighting
In Australia, there is a standard for emergency evacuation lighting in buildings.
There are three parts to the standard:
- AS 2293.1-2005 standard for system design, installation and operation
- AS/NZS 2293.2:1995 standard for inspection and maintenance
- AS 2293.3-2005 standard for emergency escape luminaries and exit signs
Australian emergency light standards are published and reviewed periodically by SAI global and the Australian government. All standards are compliant with current Australian legislation. If you create an account with SAI global, you can login and view any revisions or updated standards.
If you have any questions about these emergency light standards, please get in touch with us. We will put you in touch with your local technician with whom you can request a free quote or more information about emergency evacuation lighting.
Emergency Lighting Requirements for Buildings
There are specific requirements for the installation of emergency escape lights. In order to install your system correctly, you must refer to section 5 of the AS 2293.1 standard for the system design, installation, and operation of emergency escape lighting and exit signs for buildings.
For more information about the installation of indirect/direct systems and exit sign placement, check out this guide to emergency escape lighting for buildings.
Emergency Evacuation Light Maintenance
At Jim’s Fire Safety, we adhere to emergency light standards for inspection and maintenance. We work to the AS/NZS 2293.2:1995 which dictates the following testing procedures and intervals:
- all emergency lights and exit signs must be expected at least once every 6 months
- 6 monthly inspections include lamp tests and replacements as well as a 90-minute discharge test
- inspection & cleaning of fittings and reflective surfaces must occur every 12 months
At Jim’s Fire Safety, we test and inspect emergency lights according to strict Australian requirements. We supply and replace light globes as a part of our 6-monthly inspection process. After we have completed our tests, you will receive a log book of results. We will schedule your next testing appointment in with our free reminder service and let you know when your next test is due.
Emergency Exit Lights & Fire Safety
So, why are emergency lights and exit signs so important when it comes to fire safety? Well, when a fire starts, panic can often set in. A clear, illuminated path can save seconds during an emergency. In a smoky hallway where the visibility of a door may be obscured, an exit sign can guide you through the building and outside to safety.
Emergency lights are most effective when used in conjunction with a planned evacuation procedure. Make sure your team members know where your safe meeting point is as well as the safest exit route to that point.
Compliance is Key
You’ve taken the fantastic first step of learning about emergency light standards. Now, to ensure you have covered both your organisation and your employees in the event of an emergency, contact us about our safety testing services today. We are safety and compliance experts.