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Testing Battery-Powered Exits Signs & Egress Lights (EC.02.05.07)

Testing Battery-Powered Exits Signs & Egress Lights (EC.02.05.07) - Policies, Administrative, UWHC, Department Specific, Facilities & Engineering Services

EC.02.05.07

FACILITIES & ENGINEERING SERVICES DEPARTMENT
POLICY & PROCEDURE




Effective Date:
July 2015
X Administrative Manual
Computer Room Manual

Policy #:
EC.02.05.07
EP1-2

Original
X Revision
Page 1
of 2
Title:
Testing Battery-Powered Exits
Signs & Egress Lights


EC.02.05.07 EP 1-2
I. Purpose:

To define the Facilities & Engineering Services procedure for testing battery-powered
exit signs and egress lights.

II. Policy:

The Facilities & Engineering Services Department is responsible for testing all
battery-powered lights that are required for egress when normal electrical power
fails or is disrupted. This includes:
A. Exit signs
B. Illumination for egress
C. Egress lights
D. Lights in areas that anesthesia procedures are performed
E. Indoor emergency generator locations

III. Procedure:

A. Monthly Tests
a. At a 30-day interval (every 20 to 40 days), a functional test of all battery-
powered lights that are required for egress or patient safety is tested.
b. The test is for a minimum of 30 seconds.
c. Press the “test” button or switch, and observe the light remaining at
approximately the same level of brightness during the entire 30 seconds.
d. If the light begins to fade, create a repair work order and Facilities &
Engineering Services will perform maintenance on the light.
e. Document the date and results of the test under the month of the testing.

Note: Battery-powered exit signs and egress lighting is checked to assure the exit
signs and egress lighting are illuminated at the time of the test. If there are
problems, immediately contact the Maintenance & Operations Manager.

B. Annual Tests
a. At a 12-month interval:
i. A functional test of the battery-powered lights that are required for
egress will be conducted for a minimum of 1-1/2 hours (90 minutes).

FACILITIES & ENGINEERING SERVICES DEPARTMENT
POLICY & PROCEDURE




Effective Date:
July 2015
X Administrative Manual
Computer Room Manual

Policy #:
EC.02.05.07
EP1-2

Original
X Revision
Page 2
of 2
Title:
Testing Battery-Powered Exits
Signs & Egress Lights


EC.02.05.07 EP 1-2
ii. The illumination may fall to 10% of the original, but must provide at
least 0.1 foot-candle at the floor after 90 minutes.
iii. An equivalent battery test that meets the same parameters may be
used if desired. If an alternate test is used, it must be described in a
written procedure.
iv. The results of all tests and inspections must be documented on the log
for each light. The documentation must include the date and the name
of the individual performed the activity.
v. If there are problems, immediately contact the Maintenance &
Operations Manager.

C. The Facilities & Engineering Services Department maintains an inventory of all
battery-powered lights and lists the date of all tested and the results. Any light that is
found deficient is repaired or replaced as soon as possible. An Interim Light Safety
Measure (ILSM) Assessment is conducted and the appropriate ILSM initiated or put
into place.

IV. Coordination: Continual Readiness Committee







Wayne Abbott
Director, Facilities & Engineering Services