Australian/New Zealand Standards AS/NZS 2293.2 1995 sets out inspection and maintenance requirements for emergency and evacuation lighting for buildings. Emergency lighting is an essential service that is quite often overlooked until an accident or catastrophe happens. When the power fails in your building, your emergency and exit lights must remain lit for at least 90 minutes to facilitate people‘s 
safe passage out of the building.


It is imperative to maintain all emergency and exit lighting in commercial buildings to comply with relevant building codes in accordance with Australian/New Zealand Standards (AS/NZS 2293.2). Under the Occupational Health and Safety, you also have a legal duty of care to ensure that emergency and exit lights work adequately during a power outage or other emergency so people can quickly exit the building.


All emergency evacuation lighting systems must be inspected and maintained in accordance with the relevant procedures specified in the standards. The inspection and maintenance procedures shall be carried out only by persons having qualifications and experience suitable
 for this type of work.


The test certifies that all the exit and emergency lights are functional and that batteries sustain their charge for 90 minutes during a power blackout or building fire.


Every 6 Months

  • Conduct visual checks of all emergency and exit lights for mains operation.
Check for operation of maintained exit lights and replace faulty lamps where required.


Where manual discharge test facilities are provided, the following procedure shall be carried out:

  • Check the operation of the emergency lighting system.
  • Turn the battery charger off, simulate a mains failure and carry out a partial discharge test at 100% of the installed emergency lighting load. Allow the test to continue until the operation of all emergency luminaires and exit signs has been checked. This test must meet the AS 2293 requirement for a duration of 90 minutes.
After tests have been completed, the tester must restore the system to normal operation, turn the battery charger on, and recharge the batteries of each fitting.
Where automatic discharge test facilities are provided, a visual check shall be made of the operational status of all emergency luminaires and exit signs by means of the indications given at the controller or associated indicator panel.
  • Those units that fail the discharge test must be either repaired and restored to normal condition or replaced.
  • Where manual discharge test facility is present, operate the test switch and/or circuit breaker to simulate a power failure.
  • Any defective lamps shall be replaced, and a match of lamp technology and lamp colour must be used. For emergency luminaires and exit signs with tubular fluorescent lamps, it is recommended that the lamps be replaced if they exhibit excessive end-blackening, even when the lamps still operate.
  • A check should be made to ensure no interruption to the normal supply has taken place for a period of at least 16 hours prior to conducting a discharge test.
  • Those units that fail the discharge test must be either repaired and restored to normal condition or replaced.


Every 12 Months

  • Carry out all checks as per 6 months procedures above.
Clean and inspect fittings, and clean reflective surfaces as necessary on all emergency and exit lighting diffusers as required.
Conduct visual checks to ensure that the emergency lighting system operates in correct relationship to the normal lighting in any designated area.
  • Report any failures and record data in on-site manuals.
  • Record data in electronic format for OHS auditing processes.
All maintenance records must be in the form of hard copy record tags or logbooks.
  • Electronic copies may also be used.
Any and all corrective action must also be taken to repair faulty emergency lighting.
  • Record names of persons responsible for carrying out the maintenance work and the date the work was completed.
  • The logbook or alternative record system shall be kept on the premises at all times, or at such other locations as may be approved by the regulatory authority


Who Carries Out the Inspection and Testing
A licensed technician is required to carry out Emergency Lighting Testing and Inspection procedures.


Australian/New Zealand Standards AS/NZS 2293.2:1995 states that exit and emergency lighting must be tested in accordance to the procedures described in clauses 3.2.2 and 3.2.3, and must not exceed the prescribed intervals (once every 6 or 12 months as outlined above). Australian Standard AS 2293.2 requires emergency lighting systems to be certified periodically by conducting a 90-minute battery power down (discharge) test.


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