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44% of businesses continue to break safety laws despite 2005 order

22 January 2020

One of the UK’s leading hazardous lighting specialists has warned that up to 44% of businesses in England are playing with fire as new findings reveal they do not have the correct emergency lighting.

• The 2005 Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order stated that emergency routes and exits requiring illumination must be provided with emergency lighting
• Research from hazardous lighting specialists Hilclare reveal that 44% of businesses still have the incorrect lighting after almost 15 years since the ruling came into effect
• Hilclare are now calling on businesses to review their emergency lighting with immediate effect to prevent a potential disaster

Lighting specialists, Hilclare, who sell more than 2,000 hazardous lights a year, state that following the 2005 Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order businesses in the UK were given five months grace to follow the rulings.

According to the order, emergency routes and exits must be indicated by signs; and emergency routes and exits requiring illumination must be provided with emergency lighting of adequate intensity in the case of failure of normal lighting.

However, five years after the initial ruling, 56% of businesses in England didn’t have the correct hazardous or emergency lighting and by 2019, there were still 44% of businesses that continue to flout the laws.

In contrast, according to Hilclare’s research, more than 92% of Scottish businesses have the correct emergency lighting an increase of 60% from 2010.

Group Commercial Sales Director at Hilclare, Dylan Mansfield, commented: “The findings are extremely concerning. For almost half of businesses in England to not have the correct emergency lighting is a disaster waiting to happen.

“As leaders in hazardous lighting in the UK we are urging businesses to review their emergency exit lighting with immediate effect.

“Put simply, these businesses who do not have the correct lighting are quite literally playing with fire.”

According to the legislation, any person found guilty of having the incorrect lighting is liable to a fine or imprisonment for a term not up to two years if convicted.

Hilclare use the latest technology to design and specify bespoke lighting solutions and manufacture industrial and commercial luminaires of the highest quality, in a state-of-the-art UK facility.

Hilclare offer a range of emergency lighting solutions including an energy efficient Leto emergency exit light available in three variants, and a range of recessed LED emergency units with clear polycarbonate diffuser, white polycarbonate body and trim called Ferrera.

Hilclare’s top hazardous lighting solutions include the Sammode Sabatier linear LED light range, ATM EXF200 noncorrosive linear LED light range and ATM380 LED floodlight.

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