ICEL explains why and how the Code of Practice for emergency lighting, BS 5266-1, has been revised
BS 5266-1 has been fully revised to harmonise with European standards and UK legislation. The aim of the recommendations is to encourage application uniformity, based on providing adequate safety to building occupants should there be interruption to the normal lighting for any reason. They also take into account hazard levels and the necessary familiarity of building occupants with the premises concerned. The standard recognises that, as well ensuring a safe unobstructed way of escape from a building at all times, it is essential that emergency lighting enables the immediate location and operation of fire alarm call points and fire-fighting equipment. BS 5266-1 also aims to minimise the possibility of people panicking in enclosed spaces, such as lifts. Now that compliance is judged using risk assessments, ICEL, the emergency lighting arm of the Lighting Industry Association (LIA), provides guidance to the revisions, and to the action that should be taken concerning existing non-compliant sites.