In accordance with national HSA and ETCI guidelines all commercial premises must have periodic checks carried out on the efficiency of an installed emergency lighting system. Matrix provides on going or once off programmes to adhere to these requirements for clients and provides testing and certification for clients on completion.
About Emergency Illumination
Additional unit equipment or higher levels of illumination may be needed to ensure an optimal amount of emergency lighting results. Facilities such as hospitals, entertainment halls, sports arenas, elementary schools, pathways for the physically challenged and production areas with heavy machinery are excellent candidates for greater levels of emergency lighting. In addition, the colour and texture of surrounding areas also affect emergency light levels. Dark ceilings, walls and flooring with rough surfaces are typically poor reflectors of light. To ensure an adequate amount of light reaches floor level in large areas and high mounting heights, more than minimum levels of emergency lighting may be required.
Placement of Emergency Ballasts
Strategically placed fluorescent emergency ballasts help occupants avoid potential obstructions near the path of egress. Although exit signs with directional indicators are still required, placing fluorescent emergency ballasts in corridors, intersections and stairwells assists in identifying which way people must exit. To ensure emergency lighting is continuous throughout the path of egress, use fluorescent emergency ballasts in addition to other emergency lighting unit equipment. Providing evenly spaced emergency lighting enhances safe, quick movement to exits and prevents excessively bright-to-dark spots along the path of egress. Depending on the facility, it may be better to specify a greater number of emergency ballasts with lower light levels than a lesser number of widely spaced emergency fixtures with higher lumen output.
ETCI National Rules for Electrical Installations (Third Edition) ET 101:2008, Amendments to Feb 2015, Chapter 62 states “It is recommended that the installation be inspected and tested periodically as appropriate to the use and environment to ensure that it still complies with these rules.”
Health & Safety Regulation, S.I. No. 299/2007 Safety Health and Welfare at work (General Application) Regulations. was signed into law in Ireland, and states that all companies and persons responsible for health, safety and welfare have been legally obliged to have all electrical appliances and installations regularly checked – and the records kept for five years.
Multiple Branch Clients
For Clients with multiple branch locations Matrix can provide full scheduled programmed visits to carry out Emergency Lighting testing in conjunction with a host of other services which can be carried out at the same time. This saves the client additional costs of having multiple contractors attending site.