As of September 2017 all new lifts must comply with EN81-20 and EN81-50 Elevator Standards. These standards were approved in 2014 to replace EN81-1 and EN81-2, and after a grace period for the elevator maintenance and installation industry to prepare, these elevator standards are now mandatory for all new lifts.
Section 126.96.36.199.1.1 of EN81-20 covers the elevator door standards specific to lift door detectors. The key changes to the lift door mechanisms are:
The elevator safety standards in EN81-20 do not apply to older elevators. However, the industry has adopted these lift standards to increase elevator safety for all passengers. Property owners who do upgrade their elevator safety systems to meet the new requirements will increase the value of their properties, and be able to advertise these safety improvements to prospective tenants.
Changes in technical elevator safety standards can be confusing. Since Avire’s group of companies were founded in 1926 we’ve seen countless changes to elevator safety standards. In fact, our mechanics and engineers have contributed over a century of innovations to elevator safety. Count on Avire to help you with your new property, or to transition the lifts in your existing property to be compliant with EN81-20.
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