Premises owners and occupiers face tougher responsibilities


ISSN: 0263-2772

Article publication date: 1 March 2000




(2000), "Premises owners and occupiers face tougher responsibilities", Facilities, Vol. 18 No. 3/4.



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Premises owners and occupiers face tougher responsibilities

Premises owners and occupiers face tougher responsibilities

Keywords: Lifts, Safety

Building owners and managers are facing greater responsibilities under new stringent lift inspection guidelines, says Otis Plc, the UK's leading lift manufacturer.

Formulated by the Safety Assessment Federation (SAFed) in consultation with the Health & Safety Executive, lift manufacturers, users and inspection bodies, the SAFed guidelines on the thorough examination and testing of lifts aim to improve safety standards by setting out a consistent approach to lift inspection.

Jack Leingang, chief executive Otis plc, said: "The SAFed guidelines provide an excellent blueprint for the industry and underpin Otis's paralleled commitment to lift safety. The expansion in duties and responsibilities can only serve to heighten awareness of lift safety issues and raise the standards within the industry as a whole."

The tests imposed by the SAFed guidelines supersede those under Guidance Note PM7, which proved open to interpretation and were not carried out consistently. The new guidelines achieve consistency in inspection methods, reporting requirements and periodicity for examination. However, lift owners with a valid PM7 certificate do not need to test equipment until the certificate expires.

Regular thorough inspections to ensure the safe working of the lift must be carried out by a "competent person" and a clear log book kept. There is an additional requirement for the periodic thorough stripping down and testing of parts so as to ensure the highest degree of safety in operating the equipment.

From June, Otis will be undertaking list inspection as an additional service over and above routine lift maintenance. Leingang concluded: "As a lift company offering lift inspection we are breaking new ground in order to add value to the service we deliver to customers."

For further information please contact: Stuart Miller, Otis plc, 43-59 Clapham Road, London SW9 0JZ. Tel: +44 (0) 171 735 9131; Fax: +44 (0) 171 416 7172.

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