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Retail & Hospitality Reopening Guide - Have you checked your lift?

If you’re in the retail and hospitality businesses, the past 12 months have probably been the hardest you’ve ever experienced, with large chunks of that year taken up with complete lockdowns across the UK. Even during the times when there were no national lockdowns in place, businesses were still faced with regional tier systems and tough social distancing regulations to make indoor shopping and socialising COVID-secure.

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Own a Lift? 3 Key Lift Regulations You Need to Know

The legal requirements surrounding the provision and use of passenger lifts and goods lifts provide a framework to ensure best practice. This blog gives an overview on the regulations you need to adhere to in a commercial property.

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Lift inspections: Looking after your lift to save time, money & hassle

It pays to be a responsible lift owner—to ensure that your lifts and lifting equipment are maintained to the highest standards.  Why? Because keeping your lift fit for purpose—safe to use, operating well, looking good and living a long life—will protect your building, business, bank balance, brand and reputation.

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Lift Standards: A Glossary

If you either own or are thinking of installing a lift then there is a whole host of lift standards, regulations, codes of practice and guidance to advise on best practice. Knowing where to start and which regulations are relevant can be confusing, so we have listed some of the main ones. 

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COVID: Getting Your Lifts Ready for Building Reopening

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As people return to work and pubs, shops, hotels and other businesses resume. The key question is, are you ready? As a lift owner, it’s important to have your plans in place for reoccupation and be able to action them at short notice.

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Machinery or Lift Regulations?

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When moving people or goods, your lift will fall into either the Machinery or the Lift regulations. Whilst all are "lifts" in the general term the regulations do help to identify the key differences and ultimately identify the standards they will then fall under.  

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Part M: Building Regs & Lifts

The Building Regulations, Approved Document M (Part M) gives direction on lifts in all types of buildings, stating that reasonable provision must be made for people to gain access to and use the building's facilities. Whilst Part B gives guidance on fire-rating lifts or the area surrounding them as well as further detail on firefighting and evacuation passenger lifts. We've given a helpful outline to the building regulations guidance surrounding lifts below.

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BREEAM for Lifts, Escalators & Moving Walkways

BREEAM or 'Building Research Establishment's Environmental Assessment Method' is the best way to ensure sustainable value and efficiency in your projects. Stannah passenger lifts, escalators and moving walkways can generate BREEAM credits which can help the building achieve the best rating possible. 

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BS EN81-80: Lift upgrades for existing lifts

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Like technology elsewhere, lifts and lift standards have developed over the years and new safety features have become the norm. In recognition of the fact that lift upgrades are required for improved safety, BS EN 81-80:2003 gives an audit framework for lift modernisation.

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The Equality Act 2010

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The Equality Act imposes a requirement to make reasonable adjustments to a public building, Within this blog post, we will explain what the Equality Act is, what it means for building owners and how lifts can play a part. 

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A Handy List of Escalator & Moving Walkway Standards (updated 2019)

Unsure of what codes of practice, standards and regulations escalators and moving walkways fall under? Not to worry, here's a handy list...

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Avoiding the costs of manual handling & risks with a lift

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Did you know?  Every year more than a third of all work-related illnesses reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) or local authorities are due to manual handling – the transporting or supporting of loads by hand or bodily force.

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The Disability Discrimination Act, Equality Act & Lifts

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The DDA was introduced over 20 years ago and formed for the industry an invaluable set of standards, eventually becoming part of the Equality Act introduced in 2017. Stannah Engineering Director, Paul Clifton looks back at what it meant to those in the lift industry. 

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Section 4.2 of the Technical Handbook & Lifts (Scotland)

This handy guide to Section 4.2 (Scottish Part M) explains what this regulation is and its various implications on lifts in building projects in Scotland. Read on to learn something new!

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Building regulations: key guidance for lifts

Here is a handy overview to the key acts, regulations and standards that outline best practice around lifts - ensuring that any commercial/public building is accessible and efficient when moving people.

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External Lifts & the New BS8300-1 Design Guidance

In January 2018 BS8300:2009 was superseded by BS 8300-2, with the introduction of BS 8300-1 alongside it. Part 1offers the first comprehensive design guidance for new public spaces. In this helpful blog, we’ve outlined the new standard and where outdoor lifting appliances can play their part.

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Part M: Volume 2 & Wheelchair Platform Stairlifts

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This post is the fifth and final in the series of our Part M: Volume 2 building regulations blogs and covers the detailed requirements for wheelchair platform stairlifts.

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Part M: Volume 2 & Platform Lifts

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This post is the fourth in the series of our Part M: Volume 2 building regulations blogs and covers the detailed requirements for lifting platforms.

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5 FAQs on the EN81-20 & EN81-50 Lift Standards  (2018 update)

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Post updated for 2018 - In September 2017, EN81-20 and EN81-50, two new safety standards for the construction of lifts and for the testing of lift components were introduced, bringing benefits in terms of safety and accessibility for both lift passengers and service engineers. We've covered the most frequently asked questions...

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Part M: Volume 2 & Passenger Lifts

Part M Volume 2, provides practical guidance for complying with building regulation requirements for buildings other than dwellings. This post is the third in the series of our Part M: Volume 2 building regulations blogs and covers passenger lift requirements within Part M in detail.

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An Overview of the General Lift Requirements Within Part M: Volume 2

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This post is the second in the series of our Part M: Volume 2 building regulations blogs and covers general lift requirements with Part M in greater detail.

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