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As with any technology, lifts are constantly being modernised. With modernisation comes different rules that any new lift must comply with. While this does not mean there’s anything wrong with the existing systems, it does ensure that new versions are continually improving both in terms of safety and efficiency. The Lifts Regulations 2016 are the latest standards you should follow to ensure your new lift is compliant. Here are some considerations about the standards you should be aware of.


What defines a new lift?

It would be completely unrealistic to expect every existing lift to be in line with new regulations immediately after they are introduced. That’s why the Lifts Regulations only apply to new lifts. However, these are not exclusive to entire systems installed when a new building is constructed, for example. It’s important that you’re aware which criteria your lift falls under so that you follow the correct regulations.

A new lift can be defined as the following:

  • A new lift in a new lift shaft
  • A new lift in an existing lift shaft
  • An existing lift, if one major component is retained such as the guides and design calculations can be validated to EN 81-20 and EN 81-50

What if a new lift can’t meet the Lifts Regulations?

There are circumstances where it simply isn’t possible to install a system which precisely follows the Lifts Regulations. This is typically when the safe refuge space either at the top of the lift or in the lift pit can’t be achieved due to the nature of the building. While this does complicate things, it does not necessarily rule out any chance of a lift being installed.

In this situation, a derogation from BEIS is required followed by a design examination certificate from an Approved Body. This documentation would indicate that, while your lift design may not follow the conventional expectations of the Lifts Regulations, it is deemed safe and reliable enough to be used. There is no guarantee approval will be granted, so you should always wait for the outcome before purchasing your lift system if you want to avoid a very costly mistake.

Achieving compliance for a new lift

Fully understanding the Lift Regulations to the point where you’ve covered absolutely everything can be a challenge. This also involves a number of required documentation to ensure you are compliant.  The process is laborious, stressful and time-consuming, particularly if you require a derogation. You will be drawn away from other important aspects of your business, ultimately restricting your productivity.

That’s why we’d recommend leaving it to the experts. ESS are vastly experienced in lift compliance and can not only ensure you are following the regulations, but also analyse your performance metrics to prevent any expensive breakdowns in the future.

Learn more about our lift compliance services here.

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