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Lift Upgrade Standards – BSEN81 Part 80:2003

Lift Upgrade Standards – Considering upgrading your lift?

When considering a lift upgrade, lift safety should come first before all else. Lift owners/operators have a legal obligation to ensure that the lifts they are responsible for are safe both for lift passengers and for lift engineers.

There are over 3 million lifts installed in the EU and almost 50% of those were installed over 20 years ago.

The level of safety of these existing lifts was appropriate at the time but they do not meet current lift safety standards.

There are several relevant British and European Standards that need to be considered when upgrading the safety of existing lifts. The main European Standards is BS EN 81:80 Safety rules for the construction and installation of lifts – Existing lifts. Part 80: Rules for the improvement of safety of existing passenger and goods passenger lifts

The approach of this Standard is to categorise various hazards which have been analysed by a risk assessment.

74 Specific lift hazards are identified and each categorised in to one of the following

E (Extreme); Immediate action lift has to be stopped.
H (High Risk); Short term
M (Medium Risk); Medium term or together with a major modernisation
L (Low Risk): Long term or together with a modernisation of the related component.

This method of prioritisation with time scales allows a step by step approach to the lift safety upgrades, giving clear guidance which items should be done and when.

Other lift upgrade Standards to consider are BS5655 Part 11 and 12:2005.

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