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March 27, 2015

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Online tool developed to assess security equipment

Efficiency Calculator Infographic 2An online tool has been developed to support businesses in self-assessing security equipment.

The free tool, developed by Hochiki Europe, quizzes the user on the performance status of a building’s current solution as well as providing guidance on methods of improving it.

Research by the company has shown that 25 per cent of European businesses are risking employee safety due to poor maintenance of their building’s fire or emergency lighting systems.

In a survey of European fire equipment installers, 34 per cent also stated that emergency lighting performance is not accurately monitored using a logbook in accordance with the law.

Similar levels of apathy to accurate logbook recordings were found in relation to fire safety efficiency with 33 per cent of installers’ customers not possessing up to date fire detection records on site.

Legislation such as the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 dictates that all businesses adhere to prescriptive standards which comprise the quality of products adopted, maintenance of all safety systems and shared responsibility to protect the workforce.

Despite the environmental and total cost of ownership benefits, only 15 per cent of installers’ customers use LED technology and just nine per cent have self-testing emergency lighting systems which can reduce valuable resource spent by businesses on maintenance.

David Brown, product manager at Hochiki Europe, said: “It is crucial that businesses do not fall short when it comes to the assessment and maintenance of safety provision which is designed to protect employees and prevent accidents that may not be legislated for.

“We’ve partnered with skilled installers to determine where businesses and their building owners can be better supported and developed a simple online tool which directs them to solutions that promote efficiency and optimum safety in accordance with the very latest regulations.”

Try the free, online tool for yourself.

Data from a representative sample of European fire and lighting system installers during January 2015

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