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A helpful guide to the new EN81-20 & EN81-50 Lifts Standards

EN81-20 and EN81-50, two new safety standards for the construction of lifts and for the testing of lift components, represent the biggest change to the design standards for lifts in the last 20 years. These new standards bring benefits in terms of safety and accessibility for both lift passengers and service engineers.

Any passenger lift placed into service after the 31st August 2017 will need to comply with the new standards. The existing standards EN81-1 and EN81-2 will remain in force and continue to be applicable for lifts handed up to and including this date.

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These new passenger lift standards provide greater lift safety and comfort for both passengers and engineers, which may mean changes to the standard shaft size, depending on the make and model of your passenger lift, and also possibly affect your builders work. 

The 'At a glance' image provides a useful summary of the changes . To find out further details on the changes and what they mean - take a look at our guide below.

EN81-20/50 guide

Which building projects are likely to be affected?

All lifts that are likely to have handover date after the 31st August 2017 should have a lift planned according to EN81-20/50, with this in mind Stannah recommend you begin planning as soon as you can. 

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For specific advice on the changes and how it affects your projects please get in touch or fill in a contact form and we will be happy to help!

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