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Author: Llumarlite
Date: 11/09/2018

Legal responsibilities confusing?

Are you aware of the standards, guidance and regulations around lighting?  On top of the legal responsibilities to meet these, you also have a duty of care to provide a safe workplace and maybe an ethical responsibility to provide the best environment for your employees to thrive in.

Depending on your business’ culture and attitudes you may also consider the ethical responsibility to have the least environmental impact of operating your business.
The Hackett Report identifies that we should all challenge the status quo and satisfy ourselves that risks have been assessed rather than boxes ticked i.e. that things are safe to the extent you can sleep at night.

In terms of electrical installations, this means; fire avoidance, avoiding the spread of flames, providing a safe means of escape through emergency lighting and fire alarms, and a provision to assist firefighters.

NB - Fire detection and evacuation alarms are covered by BS5839 and emergency lighting is covered by BS5266.

Llumarlite is a responsible company with 25 years in the lighting industry. We are members of the Lighting Industry Association (LIA), our Technical Manager Kevin Stubbs sits on LIA and Industry Committee for Emergency Lighting (ICEL) committees to help formulate current standards for the industry and identify gaps where further guidance may be required.

Llumarlite also offers retrofit solutions including combined emergency lighting and fire alarm systems.  Such experience could help you fully assess your risks and review your direct and indirect responsibilities.

Remember, life safety is not about profit.  It is about preserving lives.

For more information see our blog post on upgrading lighting and what to do about emergency lighting and the Government report into building regulations and fire safety


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Published on: 2018-09-11