From Building networks
Final exits and signs in commercial buildings have been checked by law for over two decades. So.. how often should they be checked.
Answer: check the Compliance Schedule for THAT building. Commonly it is daily when in use for Crowd buildings and monthly for all others. (refernce MBIE: Compliance Schedule Handbook)
If that’s how often they are being checked then why do we see defects or straight out fails or bad installations? Recently I was out and about and came across this exit in a carparking building. The building was old its obvous the escape route and exit signs DO NOT comply with current Building Code for the C docs not F8 – they don’t have to but are they safe and do they function as intended when they were installed? I did wonder if an IQP would pass it, defect it and/or report it? Then I wondered about how Worksafe would see it through their different glasses.
If you’d like to know more about this come along to one of our workshops on IQP Testing for ss15/2 Final Exits and SS 15/4 Signs where we will cover:
Last year I stayed in a hotel that had a power cut. It was incredibly dark and I was thankful for three things:
When it comes to emergency lights we often think the "emergency" relates only to fire but it could be any number of things: earthquake, flood, attack, and like our Ozzie cousins right now a power surge due to overloading of the system as aircons try to cope with extreme heat conditions.
Emergency Lights come into their own when we least expect it. But they have to actually be there and be tested and be in a state of readiness. That's the job of the IQP to make sure this happens. Take a look at this photo - who thought it was a good idea to put it over a fan?
While they aren't complicated systems there are rules around:
All this and more is covered in our IQP Refresher Course in Emergency Lights.
For details on this upcoming course click HERE.