Compliance and Regulation for The Lift Industry
Part ‘M’ of the Building Regulations
For a lift to be installed in a new or refitted building the product is meant to be compliant with Part M of the Building Regulations. If the product it not clearly referenced in Part M but can be shown to be better than Part M then this is also sufficient for a Building Control Officer to approve the installation. Compliance with the new European Standard EN 81-41 (which exceeds BS 6440:1999) would be such an example.
In addition, Building Control Officers and Access Consultants generally consider Part M compliance to be determined when (in the case of a through-floor lift) the product has a full internal car with sliding doors in conjunction with doors on the landing.
We have a range of lifts that come within this remit, for which approval by Building Control for a new build or refit is straightforward.
Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC
All platform lifts supplied by Premier come under the jurisdiction of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC.
EN 81-41: The European Standards
There is a European standard EN 81-41 for vertical platform lifts which our products again are fully compliant. These standards was drafted by the working group CEN/TC10/WG8 and is for products intended for use by persons with impaired mobility. This standard was as accepted by the CEN Member States by Formal Vote on 06 January 2009. The European standard EN 81-41 gives presumption of conformity to both the present and to the new Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC.
The EN standard 81-41 makes it easier for the relevant authorities, architects and planners to understand and for European Notified bodies to assess the safety requirements for vertical platform lifts.
The standard EN 81-41 will improves and raises the safety requirements for European platform lifts, for the benefit of the users.
All Premier Lifts’ products are in full compliance with the safety requirements of the European standard EN 81-41.