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classification of lifts in terms of vandal resistance. For any lift requiring a vandal resistant element, be it category 1 or category


2, primarily the lift has more vandal resistant elements than a traditional passenger lift. These elements include (but are not limited to): vandal resistant and reinforced car and landing doors, finishing the lift car in vandal-resistant heavy-duty stainless steel cladding patterns such as 5WL, and leather or linen, vandal resistant lighting, car roofs, displays and car operating panels. Vandal resistant lifts category 2 provide twice as much effort to control


crushing, shearing, cutting, trapping, impact hazard, electrical and thermal hazard in a lift where there may be occurrences of vandal resistance than a category 1 lift.


DO YOU REQUIRE A LIFT TO AID THE TRANSPORTATION OF WASTE? There is a rise in the installation of goods lifts, used to aid underground storage of bikes/bins in residential buildings. Local council guidelines for waste management often state the goods lift must be large enough to accommodate a person as well as at least one waste container, this is where an attended goods lift or passenger and goods lifts can play a part.


DO YOU REQUIRE A FIRE FIGHTING LIFT? As a default, all new passenger lifts are equipped to conform to British Standard EN81-73: Behaviour of lifts in the event of fire. This standard means the lift is connected to the fire alarm system and in the event of a fire the lift travels to the


In some circumstances, a lift can be provided as part of a management plan for evacuating people and studies have shown they can cut evacuation times by up to 40 per cent


ground floor, the doors remain open and no further calls are taken. This enables all passengers of the lift to evacuate the building and fire fighters to ensure there is no one trapped in the lift car. This is different to a fire fighting lift. Fire fighting lifts are lifts designed to


have additional protection, with controls that enable it to be used under the direct control of the fire and rescue service in fighting a fire. For housing, a fire fighting lift is required if the building has a floor more than 18m above, or more than 10m below fire service vehicle access level. British Standard EN81-72 compliant firefighter lifts feature trap doors and


ladders for rescue operations. Additionally, electrical components in the shaft and on the car are protected against splashing water. Fire fighting lifts have very specific safety requirements and the presence of fire fighting controls within a lift does not necessarily mean that it is a fire fighting lift. In some circumstances a fire fighting lift may be provided as part of a management plan for evacuating people. In such cases, the lift installation may need to be appropriately located, protected and also contain a number of safety features that are intended to ensure that the lift remains usable for evacuation purposes during the fire.


ARE YOU PLANNING TO USE THE LIFT AS PART OF YOUR EVACUATION PLANS? In general, it isn't appropriate to use lifts when there is a fire in the building because there's always the danger of people being trapped in a lift that has become immobilised because of the fire, hence the British Standard EN81-73 being in place. However, in some circumstances, a lift can be provided as part of a


management plan for evacuating people and studies have shown they can cut evacuation times by up to 40 per cent. Guidance on the design and use of evacuation lifts is given in BS EN81-76: Evacuation of disabled persons using lifts and where a fire fighting lift has been provided, this can be utilised as part of a management plan for evacuating disabled people.


Alastair Stannah is the managing director of Stannah Lifts UK Ltd www.housingmmonline.co.uk | HMM January 2018 | 35


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