HSE issues updated type approval certificates for smoke detectors and gas-filled self-luminous signs

Facilities

ISSN: 0263-2772

Article publication date: 1 May 2000

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Pickles, J. (2000), "HSE issues updated type approval certificates for smoke detectors and gas-filled self-luminous signs", Facilities, Vol. 18 No. 5/6. https://doi.org/10.1108/f.2000.06918eab.005

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HSE issues updated type approval certificates for smoke detectors and gas-filled self-luminous signs

Edited by Jenny Pickles,New Developments Section Editor

HSE issues updated type approval certificates for smoke detectors and gas-filled self-luminous signs

Keywords Health and safety, Certification

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued three type approval certificates - for the installation and bulk storage of smoke detectors and luminous signs which contain radioactive sources.

The updated certificates are necessary as the existing certificates of approval, issued under the Ionising Radiations Regulations 1985 (IRR 85), expired on 31 December 1999. The new certificates are issued under the revised Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999 (IRR 99) which came into effect on 1 January 2000.

The purpose of the certificates is to relieve employers of the obligation to notify HSE where these devices are installed and no other work with ionising radiations is carried out. The certificates apply to ionisation chamber smoke detectors and gaseous tritium light devices (including fire exit signs) which satisfy conditions set out in the certificates.

The updated certificates do not introduce any major changes to the previous certificates. Those devices that conformed to the previous certificates, issued in 1990, will comply with the 1999 certificates. Employers should check that their devices continue to conform to the conditions in the updated certificates and should notify their nearest HSE office if the devices cannot be shown to satisfy these conditions.

Copies of the certificates, TA1, TA2 and TA3 of 1999 can be obtained from the Health and Safety Executive, Radiation Protection Policy, 6NW, Rose Court, 2 Southwark Bridge, London SE1 9HS. Tel: +44 (0) 20 7717 6848; Fax: +44 (0) 20 7717 6681. The certificates can also be found on HSE's Web site.