Insurance is required for all commercial and public premises – make sure this includes a clause regarding your lift and doesn’t have any exemptions or similar.
Taking over a building? Check the lift if over 10 years old as may not comply any more.
Keeping up to date with regulations is actually the building managers responsibility. It can be a good move to make a note of any relevant regulations, and check each month if there is any news or changes.
Regular Quick Inspections
As you pass the lift on a daily or weekly basis, check things like:
- Control panel, indicators and lighting all working
- Test the alarm
- Ensure all entrances/exits are clear at the landings
- Check doors open and close, and there are no dangers
Alarms, lighting and 2 way communication must work (under the Lift Regulations and the Machinery Directive) or the lift cannot be used.
Training is also important with regards to managing a lift. Generally there will be an emergency key with the lift and the responsible person will be trained at installation. Remember if anyone leaves the company or the responsible person will not always be present in the building then this training must be passed on to further members of staff.
Lift companies will generally be happy to come and do a second handover further down the line if required, but most lifts will come with a manual and a contact number for emergencies.