Electrical emergency and exit lighting is an essential life safety device. Businesses that ignore regulations and fail to comply are risking the lives of their workers and clients.
If there is a power supply failure to the main lighting system the emergency and exit lighting should provide enough light to be able to identify the exit points and any obstructions on the pathway to the exit.
In a nutshell, as per the Building Code of Australia (BCA) 2010, all Class 6 buildings over 100m² built after 1st July 1994 require emergency and exit lighting and all Class 6 buildings require at least one exit sign.
Class 6 buildings include:
- milk bars
- dining rooms
The electrician is compelled to adhere to these codes (and also electrical regulations).
Maintenance to the system should occur every 6 months as per Australian Standards 2293.2.