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Facilities and Services Division
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Paper 260/200010
June2008
12.4.1.442
THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY FACILITIES AND SERVICES DIVISION Emergency and Exit Lighting Installation, Inspection and Maintenance Policy

This document describes the arrangements for the design, installation, inspection, maintenance, testing and upgrading of the emergency and exit lighting for all buildings of the Australian National University.

1. GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

Emergency and exit lighting shall be provided at the Australian National University in accordance with:

  • The requirements of the Building Code of Australia with applicable State or Territory amendments.
2. CODES AND STANDARDS

Emergency and exit lighting where required shall be designed and installed in compliance with Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 2293 Emergency Evacuation Lighting for Buildings.

3. MAINTENANCE OF EMERGENCY AND EXIT LIGHTING

The Manager, University Maintenance, shall be responsible for ensuring that the maintenance and testing of all emergency and exit lighting is carried out. On an annual basis the Manager shall submit a report to the Fire Safety Officer detailing all test dates and associated costs.

Emergency and exit lighting shall be maintained and tested in accordance with the requirements of AS/NZS 2293.

Maintenance and testing of emergency and exit lighting may be performed by either in-house staff or by external service contractor. The Manager University Maintenance shall notify the Fire Safety Officer in writing of any major issues of non-conformance.

4. INSPECTION OF EMERGENCY AND EXIT LIGHTING INSTALLATIONS

The Fire Safety Officer shall be responsible for an audit program of existing emergency and exit lighting installations. The Fire Safety Officer shall:

  • Inspect all emergency and exit sign installations at least once every two years.
  • Provide a written report identifying areas of non-compliance or where upgrades are recommended.
  • Inspect all new and upgraded installations prior to hand over to maintenance staff.
  • Coordinate an upgrade program with the Facilities Auditor using funds from the Capital Management Program.
Note: A two year inspection schedule shall be prepared listing all buildings and dates of inspections. The highest risk areas should be inspected first for example buildings that are consistently used at night time.

5. DESIGN WORK ASSOCIATED WITH EMERGENCY AND EXIT LIGHTING

The Electrical Engineer, Facilities and Services Division, shall be responsible for the following:

  • Review all design work for new and upgraded emergency and exit lighting installations. New and upgraded works shall comply with the requirements of the latest edition of AS/NZS 2293.
  • Liaison with the Facilities Auditor in the provision of cost estimates for budget funding purposes.
6. PREFERRED FIXTURES AND FITTINGS

Luminaires shall be manufactured and fully tested to AS/NZS 2293 and be the single point type complete with nickel cadmium batteries with dual rate battery charge, test button and battery charging LED.

Luminaires shall comply with AS/NZS 2293 with the battery being able to deliver code lighting for 90 minutes. Unless otherwise specified emergency luminaires shall be of the maintained type and exit luminaires shall be of the two lamp sustained type.

Luminaires subject to water, dust or insect penetration shall be rated at IP65.

For new projects and refurbishment, an emergency lighting manual testing facility shall be provided in accordance with Section 4 Clause 4.3 of AS/NZS 2293.1. Provision shall be made for continuance of the testing beyond the required duration in order to completely recycle the nickel cadmium batteries.

Luminaires shall be selected from the range offered by Minitronics or Bardic.

Warwick Williams
Director