Emergency Lighting Systems for Escape Routes 

Emergency lighting provides visibility in an emergency where the main power supply is cut and any normal illumination fails. Emergency lighting operates automatically to provide sufficient illumination to enable occupants to evacuate the premises safely.

emergency light viewed through asset capture tablet maintained by phs Compliance

Emergency lighting systems are required to be periodically tested and inspected to ensure that in the event of an evacuation due to a loss of mains power, the system can operate correctly. 

BS EN 50172:2004 and BS 5266-8:2004 (emergency escape lighting systems) outline the minimum requirements for inspection and testing of emergency lighting systems. 

Monthly purge tests should be carried out alongside a full annual inspection and test.

Duty holders have a legal obligation to ensure that their emergency lighting system has been installed and maintained in accordance with BS 5266-1:2016 (Code of Practice for the Emergency Lighting of Premises).


Statutory Inspection and Test: national pub chain

phs Compliance were awarded a major contract in 2010 with the pub chain's facilities management provider to deliver all...

Statutory Inspection and Test: Westminster Abbey

phs Compliance began working with Westminster Abbey in 2015, delivering electrical fixed wire, portable appliance and...


Selection of our professional compliance Accreditations

Modal title (for reference only)
Modal content

Don’t miss out on our latest news & technical guides. Get it straight to your inbox.