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Em. Lighting installed, even though no Legal Requirement


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What is the position for the RP, where a qualified FRA states their is no requirement for Em. Lighting (conventional/borrowed light adequate), but the RP has still gone ahead and fitted them.

Lacors also states no requirement.

2x 3 bed HMOs less than 2 storeys each.

Does the RP still need a competent person to provide commissioning certificates, and then ongoing annual test certificates (a periodic inspection and test cert. has though been provided).
The Em. lights have been tested under BS7671 certificates.

What are the differences between a Emergency Lighting Completion Certificate and a Periodic Inspection and Test Certificate.



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If it's there it should be subject to a suitable system of maintenance - forget the law, think of the civil liability if it fails when needed and someone has an accident.

Commissioning is to prove the installation complies with BS5266 and would form part of the fire safety information that should accompany the building through it's life, but it wouldn't be a breach of fire safety legislation if the certificate is missing (but makes it easier to demonstrate the installation is suitable & sufficient)

 Periodic Inspection and Test Certificate relates to the recommended paperwork to be issued  after the annual discharge test of the system.

BS5266 is the appropriate standard for design, installation & ongoing maintenance, BS7671 is the general electrical wiring regulations, I would guess a general electrician is doing the work if they are using IEE Regs model paperwork as oppose to the specific paperwork.

I'd agree it isn't required (although doesn't do any harm) at the moment, although LACORS is under review (since 2019 so seems to be stuck in 'development hell')

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