Emergency Lighting Scheme

Emergency Lighting Scheme

SSAIB offer certification for this scheme under licence from British Approval for Fire Equipment (BAFE) in accordance with their standard SP 203-4 (Emergency Lighting Systems).

BAFE's objective is to bring to the marketplace a single registration scheme for each product or service within the fire protection industry, for which third-party certification has been considered appropriate.

Emergency Lighting Systems

SSAIB operates a modular certification scheme for providers of emergency lighting systems. The scheme was designed for organisations involved in one or more of the following areas:

Commissioning and Handover

This scheme has four modules, in recognition of the fact that each module may be undertaken by a different organisation. This modular approach is believed to be representative of how a significant number of installations are designed, installed, commissioned, handed over and subsequently maintained by third party certificated organisations.

Scheme Modules

System Design – the named designer(s) will have clear authority for the project (its compliance with standards, interfaces with other elements of building services, structures, and connection to electrical supplies.)

Comprehensive design records must be kept and be readily accessible and the design input must continue until the project is commissioned and a Certificate of Compliance has been issued.

Installation – the installer must demonstrate competence and an ability to meet the requirements of relevant standards and codes of practice, while understanding the specified requirements as they apply to the installation process.

A complete log of installation records must be kept, clearly stating when the installation was completed and the certificate was issued.  These records must also be made available to other module suppliers.

Commissioning and Handover – The commissioning organisation shall demonstrate its competence to initially test, commission, and handover the installed emergency lighting system and shall understand the specified requirements. The documentation of comprehensive testing, commissioning and configuration records is required and should be made available to other module suppliers.

Maintenance – The organisation tasked with the maintenance element should demonstrate their competence to maintain the installed equipment and understand the specified requirements. The provider must have adequate resources to undertake the maintenance work to which it is committed. Again, comprehensive records must be kept of the maintenance and work undertaken on the system.

Management System

As a pre-requisite for registration to this scheme, the certificated organisation shall demonstrate it has a management system - with a relevant scope - in accordance with the requirements of ISO 9001 or a competency management system in accordance with the requirements of ISO 17065.

Market Requirements

This BAFE Scheme has been developed to permit organisations involved with the design and/or installation and/or commissioning /handover and/or maintenance of emergency lighting systems to become third-party certificated and listed as recognition of their competence to undertake their scope of work.

By so doing, the Certificates of Compliance issued by certificated organisations - on completion of their work - will give the client, insurance companies and enforcing authorities (e.g. the Fire Authority and Building Control) confidence that the work has been correctly undertaken and relevant matters relating to the safety of occupants of the buildings will also have been taken into account.

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