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NSI announces accreditation for emergency lighting

by Brian Sims

NSI has announced it has been granted UKAS accreditation to deliver BAFE’s emergency lighting scheme (SP203-4). Organisations applying for this scheme will become both NSI and BAFE approved. SP203-4 is a modular scheme allowing companies to be approved by NSI for the module(s) of work which they provide. This recognises that a number of installations are designed, installed, commissioned and maintained by different companies. Companies are able to be approved by NSI for one or more of these modules. Approval proves the competence of companies to undertake the relevant scopes of work, and enables them to issue certificates of compliance for insurance companies and enforcing authorities (such as fire and rescue services and building control), proving that the work has been undertaken correctly. Emergency lighting is now fitted in virtually all industrial, commercial and high occupancy residential buildings, and systems play a crucial role in the event of power failures. When considering the need for emergency lighting, the requirements of Approved Document B of The Building Regulations and the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, and the equivalent legislation in Scotland and Northern Ireland, should be taken into account. Any emergency lighting installation should meet the recommendations of BS 5266 1:2011 and be designed, installed, commissioned and maintained by ‘competent persons’.

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