What has changed?
As times move on, all sectors learn more about safety, ways of working and new technologies. We must all protect our environment, meet targets and regulations set by government - by careful selection of energy efficient, recyclable equipment, avoidance of restricted or hazardous materials and careful disposal of old materials or components through good practice and ISO 9001 agreed processes. In order to keep abreast of these continued updates Llumarlite joins forces with other responsible market-leading UK and international companies as members of the Lighting Industry Association (LIA). Llumarlite specialists sit on LIA technical and ICEL committees to share such knowledge, strive to continually update local/international benchmarks and guidance for the UK market.
What are my responsibilities?
Check with your management or client, it could well be you who carries the legal responsibility as the “responsible person” for your company, site or employees. Not knowing your responsibilities is no defence if you were to end up in court after incident, injury or death.
Recent tragedies have again highlighted that individuals and businesses carry this “duty of care” for those who work for them by providing a suitable, safe and comfortable place of work.
Now, we must also maintain this ethic earlier on in the process, throughout design and construction phases, in order to meet the CDM regulations (updated 2015); this includes refurbishment works.
Anyone who gives advice (including a salesman) can be classified an expert or designer - it is the responsibility of the person instructing the work (the client) to ensure that suitable systems are in place and regularly monitored, employing competent and responsible persons to safely carry out this work through the construction phase and provide a legacy of safer or reduced maintenance risk is considered throughout consultation and design. This is for any scale of works from your own home (residential) to projects of all scales in the business and commercial environment.
Can my staff (including visitors or customers) work and evacuate safely?
Your responsibilities include providing a risk assessment for every part of every premises. Risks must be identified and reviewed at the period also identified by you; often annually.
With these basics such as risk of fire, escape routes and methods in place, life safety systems can be designed or re-assessed to meet current fire detection and emergency lighting standards. Also commissioning and testing these systems, along with keeping records is just as important. Will the systems work when and how they are supposed to? Will alarm sounders go off? Can firefighting help be called? Will emergency lighting come on inside and outside your building? Does signage direct people along your safe evacuation routes?
How can I achieve compliance across my building or estate?
Our team at Llumarlite all have the skills to survey your premises and give you guidance where and how to upgrade your life safety systems to comply, we’ll also let you know where you may save energy or improve the working environment for your staff, colleagues and customers.
We’ll also be able to assist with the design, installation and project management of your project by working with you to help ensure these regulations, responsibilities and processes are met.
This is a brief overview showing some of the regulations legislation and guidance with respect to Lighting
Regulatory Reform (fire Safety) Order 2005
- https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/ attachment_data/file/14879/making-your-premises-safe-short-guide.pdf
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