More efficient and safe lifts thanks to the new European Directive
More efficient and safe lifts thanks to the new European Directive 11-07-2017

Lifts safer, thanks to the new regulations: from 1 September the obligation to adapt to the latest requirements for the installation and testing of new plants has begun. The Lift Directive 2014/33 / EU has substantially changed the previous , 95/16 / CE, with the aim of guaranteeing greater safety for users and technicians. All European countries have been called to implement the Directive by 19 April 2016.


The Directive 95/16 / EC has been repealed from 20 April 2016, while the rules 81.1 and 81.2 will be canceled on 31 August 2017. Together with the staff of the Sele Group, the Stevan Elevatori Group is committed to ensuring the application of the new EN81.20 and EN81.50 standards that certify the compliance to the essential safety and health requirements required by the 2014/33 / EU Lift Directive.


A collective effort that required commitment and dedication, so that the products offered to customers could guarantee a greater level of safety for users and technicians, greater requirements to prevent the risks of entrapment, new lighting requirements and changes to the calculations on which the ratio between flow and cabin area. The products of the Stevan Elevatori Group are safe and already compliant with the requirements of the European standards EN81.20 - EN81.50.


The company, which operates with the Quality System certified UNI EN ISO 9001/2008 and is in possession of the SOA Category OS4 certification, is a solid reality on the market for 50 years: among the services offered there are also maintenance, which today it is treated for over 3,000 elevators of various manufacturers, and the 24-hour emergency response, assured for over 20 years.


The main changes

The new directive, and in particular the EN81.20 standard, has increased the security measures for users and technicians, with the improvement of some useful requirements, such as the rescue of trapped persons, the shelter spaces on the roof of the cabin and in the pit, the parapet on the roof of the cabin, the prevention of the impact of the doors with passengers in transit from / towards the cab and the risk of entrapment on the roof and in the pit, the resistance for the floor and cabin doors, the resistance of the walls of the runway and the positioning of the door unlocking device.


Standard also provides new technical specifications for the parking of the maintenance technician in the pit to prevent the use of ladders and / or special tools to reach the components under the cab (and prevent third-party maneuvers) and specific requirements required to short-circuit (bypass) the door contacts plan and cabin during maintenance or rescue operations.


The products of the Stevan Elevatori Group have been modified to adapt them to the law, providing for new requirements for the cab and cab lighting, the change in the calculation of the v / s cab surface, a greater importance in the exchange of information for the interface with the 'building (agent forces, fire-fighting aspects, ventilation, access to the machinery spaces and landing doors ...) and a new definition of shelter spaces and free spaces in the pit of the runway and in the heads.


Also the accesses and lighting of the cabin and the machine spaces have undergone changes to comply with the requirements of EN81.20, providing 50 lux at 1 m above the cab roof within the vertical projection along the whole compartment, 50 lux 1 m above the pit floor where a person can stand, work and move between work areas, 200 lux in the machinery spaces and return pulleys at floor level i n every place where a person needs to work and 50 lux at floor level where he moves between work areas.


Further indications are given for access to the compartment in total safety for technical operators; for example, if there are no other options for access to the compartment other than the landing door and if the door lock can not be safely reached within a maximum horizontal distance of one meter from permanent access devices (eg a staircase), it must foresee a permanently installed device that allows those who work in the pit to unlock the door.