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Building regulations in England (as well as Section 4.2 of the Technical Handbook (Scotland) 1985), lay down requirements to ensure that buildings are designed such that they can be entered and used safely.
Although most building regulations are centred on persons without disabilities, it also deals with the requirements of disabled users. Gartec follow these regulations during installation and can discuss requirements with you if required.
Building Regulations: Provision of Lifting Devices
The Building Regulations (para 3.17 & 3.21) state that where assistance is required for the vertical circulation of the building users between storey and another, a conventional passenger lift is the most suitable form of access. However in certain circumstances other forms of lifting device may be used, providing they are argued in the access statement.
Generally, with respect to Enclosed Platform Lifts, reasons for specifying a platform lift (or other form of lifting device) are as follows:
In all these cases, the platform lift must conform to certain requirements to meet the needs of persons with impaired abilities, including the accommodation of a wheel chair and user. Further guidance is given in BS 8300:2010.
Enclosed Platform Lifts
The regulations call for the installation of an Enclosed Platform Lift to conform to a number of directives, standards and codes of practice. Platform lifts are now covered by the ‘EC Machinery Directive’, and a normative standard EN 8141:2010 and it is generally accepted that these should be followed.
Platform Lifts: General Regulation Requirements Overview
Basic requirements under EN 8141:2010 are:
Amongst the multitude of requirements the following list includes some of the most important. If you are having issues with regulations, just get in touch with us for some straightforward advice.
Further information is given in the normative standard EN BS 8141:2010. For more information about Building Regulations, visit the government website.