Client obligations

Guidance for the Lift Owner or “Duty Holder”

Thorough examination and testing of lifts

LIFTS – Guidance Notes on the UK Regulations – February 2010

Nov 2006 New guidance from the HSE & SAFed

Supplementary Testing of In Service Lifts

The revised guidelines for the supplementary testing of in-service lifts has been formulated by the Review Committee comprising of major lift owners, users, lift manufacturers, lift maintenance companies, inspection bodies and chaired by the Health & Safety Executive.

The new guidance supersedes the existing document “Lift Guidelines (LG 1): Guidelines on the thorough examinations and testing of lifts, Volumes 1 and 2” published by SAFed in December 1998, which is now withdrawn.

Under the Lifting Operations & Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998, Regulation 2(1) lifts have to receive a thorough examination by a competent person, every 6 months for passenger carrying lifts and annualy for all other types of lifts.

What this means is that no annual testing / inspection protocol as LG1 is now required. Supplementary testing will only be required when called for by the Competent Person at the time of their thorough examination.

Who is a Competent Person:

  • Lift Insurance Inspectors
  • Client appointed persons (The person who is responsible for ensuring compliance to LOLER 1998 & HASAWA 1974 for that client) usually in larger organisations.
  • Lift Engineer where they deem a specific piece of a lifts apparatus to be requiring further in depth examination.

DDA (disability discrimination act)
Able Lifts Ltd can provide you with a free of charge survey to determine whether your lift installation meets the current DDA Act requirements.

The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 Act came into force on 2nd December 1996 when it became unlawful for service providers to treat disabled people less favourably.

From 1 October 1999, service providers have had to make “reasonable adjustments” and from 1 October 2004, service providers have to make “reasonable adjustments” to the physical barriers to access in all buildings.

With this in mind we have listed below the requirements your lift installation may need to adhere to in order to comply with the above DDA Act:

A support rail in the lift car at 900mm above the finished floor.
Clear sign posting of lift locations.
Symbols in relief on all operating buttons.
Colour contrast of numbers and background on all indications.
Alarm button with visual acknowledgement of operation.
Emergency telephone and inductive coupler for hearing aid users.
A half height mirror on the rear wall of small lifts.
Landing controls to include a lift arrival signal.
The area outside the lift car doors to be well illuminated.
Floor surface to colour contrast with the area outside the lift doors.
Controls on stair lifts to prevent unauthorised use.
Stairlifts must not to compromise the means of escape.
Stairlifts to be parked to avoid obstruction.
The lift car interior should be well illuminated to at least 50 lux.
An unobstructed space of 1.5m x 1.5m on landings for wheelchairs.
Car entrances to be at least 800mm wide.
Wheelchair space in the lift car of 1.1m x 1.4m (unmanoeuvrable).
Wheelchair space in the lift car of 2.0m x 1.4m (manoeuvrable).
Push panel between 0.9m and 1.1m from finished floor and 0.4m from front wall
Controls on the landing to be positioned 900mm to 1100mm from finished floor.
Landing buttons should be easily operable and with tactile indication.
Car buttons should be easily operable and with tactile indication.
Audible announcements and visual displays.
Car and landing call dwell times to be lengthened to 5 seconds.