EL is another Life Safety System that is treated as a ‘necessary evil’. Unfortunately the Irish/national Standard I.S. 3217 became a horror Standard when it was revised in 2008. PCCE has argued against many aspects of the Standard and as a member of the NSAI EL Standards committee has tried to provide suggestions to improve the standard and its application.
Unfortunately, some I.S.EN Harmonised standards have dictated that our National Standard must include many conditions that PCCE (and many others) would prefer did not apply here in Ireland. Much work has been put in on the latest revision to the Standard which will be published perhaps late 2013 or early 2014. Hopefully, many of the anomalies will be clarified.
PCCE have some EL courses and more will be developed to address the revised standards.