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Do I need emergency lighting in 100 year old office?

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We currently have offices in London which are 100 yrs old, we have some areas which have no emergency lighting, one is a gents toilet, one a showere room, one an office. Outside each of the rooms is emergency lighting for the fire exits etc. We have been reccommended by our Fire Risk assessor to install emergency lighting. Are we required to do this by law??

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You are required by law to provide emergency escape lighting if necessary see Art 14 (h) which states, emergency routes and exits requiring illumination must be provided with emergency lighting of adequate intensity in the case of failure of their normal lighting.

Check The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and http://www.firesafe....ety-order-2005/ for more ionformation

You have employed a fire risk assessor so are you doubting his/her competency because s/he is on your side?

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  • 3 years later...

Please could you advise me what system/lights can be used in workplace [to comply with legal requirement-most cost effective]. Also, could you let me know if I only want to use Emergency lights at the doors [square boxes with exit marked on it] and not the stand by lighting system as it is not legal requirement.

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You may need emergency escape lighting, depending on the lighting levels during the time the premises is occupied and if the normal electric lighting supply fails. If you do you would need a full emergency lighting system that could include illuminate fire exit signs. You most probably would not require standby lighting unless you wish to carry on working in the event of a power failure. Check out http://www.firesafe.org.uk/emergency-lighting/which may help you to understand more about EL which by the sound of it you do.

Have you conducted a fire risk assessment which is required by law, the results will determine if you need emergency escape lighting. Download the appropriate guide http://www.firesafe.org.uk/department-of-communities-and-local-government-guides/

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