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  Directive

Lifts Directive (2014/33/EU)

  Scope

1. This Directive shall apply to lifts permanently serving buildings and constructions and intended for the transport of:

(a) persons;

(b) persons and goods;

(c) goods alone if the carrier is accessible, that is to say a person may enter it without difficulty, and fitted with controls situated inside the carrier or within reach of a person inside the carrier.

This Directive shall also apply to the safety components for lifts listed in Annex III for use in the lifts referred to in the first subparagraph.

2. This Directive shall not apply to:

(a) lifting appliances whose speed is not greater than 0,15 m/s;

(b) construction site hoists;

(c) cableways, including funicular railways;

(d) lifts specially designed and constructed for military or police purposes;

(e) lifting appliances from which work can be carried out;

(f) mine winding gear;

(g) lifting appliances intended for lifting performers during artistic performances;

(h) lifting appliances fitted in means of transport;

(i) lifting appliances connected to machinery and intended exclusively for access to workstations including maintenance and inspection points on the machinery;

(j) rack and pinion trains;

(k) escalators and mechanical walkways.

3. Where, for lifts or safety components for lifts, the risks referred to in this Directive are wholly or partly covered by specific Union law, this Directive shall not apply or shall cease to apply in the case of such lifts or safety components for lifts and such risks as from the application of that specific Union law.

Definitions:

‘lift’ means a lifting appliance serving specific levels, having a carrier moving along guides which are rigid and inclined at an angle of more than 15 degrees to the horizontal, or a lifting appliance moving along a fixed course even where it does not move along rigid guides;

ANNEX III

LIST OF SAFETY COMPONENTS FOR LIFTS

1. Devices for locking landing doors.

2. Devices to prevent falls referred to in point 3.2 of Annex I to prevent the car from falling or uncontrolled movements.

3. Overspeed limitation devices.

4. (a) Energy-accumulating buffers:

(i) non-linear, or

(ii) with damping of the return movement.

(b) Energy-dissipating buffers.

5. Safety devices fitted to jacks of hydraulic power circuits where these are used as devices to prevent falls.

6. Electric safety devices in the form of safety circuits containing electronic components.

  Description

Lifts provide an essential means of comfortable and safe access to different floors in buildings. The installation of lifts in new or existing buildings has an increasingly important role to play in an ageing society. It supports the social integration of people with special needs and offers freedom of access to people with reduced mobility.

The Lifts Directive 2014/33/EU permits the free circulation of lifts and safety components for lifts within the internal EU market and ensures a high level of safety for lift users and maintenance staff.

  • This harmonised EU legislation governs the design, manufacture, and installation of lifts.
  • It is mainly relevant for lift installers and components manufacturers but also has important implications for the owners and users of lifts.
  • It is aligned with the New Legislative Framework policy and is applicable from 20 April 2016, replacing the previous Directive 95/16/EC.

  Harmonised standards

EN 81-20:2014 Safety rules for the construction and installation of lifts - Lifts for the transport of persons and goods - Part 20: Passenger and goods passenger lifts
EN 81-21:2009 +A1:2012 Safety rules for the construction and installation of lifts - Lifts for the transport of persons and goods - Part 21: New passenger and goods passenger lifts in existing building
EN 81-22:2014 Safety rules for the construction and installation of lifts - Lifts for the transport of persons and goods - Part 22: Electric lifts with inclined path
EN 81-28:2003 Safety rules for the construction and installation of lifts - Lifts for the transport of persons and goods - Part 28: Remote alarm on passenger and goods passenger lifts
EN 81-50:2014 Safety rules for the construction and installation of lifts - Examinations and tests - Part 50: Design rules, calculations, examinations and tests of lift components
EN 81-58:2003 Safety rules for the construction and installation of lifts - Examination and tests - Part 58: Landing doors fire resistance test
EN 81-70:2003 Safety rules for the construction and installations of lifts - Particular applications for passenger and good passengers lifts - Part 70: Accessibility to lifts for persons including persons with disa...
EN 81-70:2003/A1:2004 Safety rules for the construction and installations of lifts - Particular applications for passenger and good passengers lifts - Part 70: Accessibility to lifts for persons including persons with disa...
EN 81-71:2005 +A1:2006 Safety rules for the construction and installation of lifts - Particular applications to passenger lifts and goods passenger lifts - Part 71: Vandal resistant lifts
EN 81-72:2015 Safety rules for the construction and installation of lifts - Particular applications for passenger and goods passenger lifts - Part 72: Firefighters lifts
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EN 81-20:2014
Safety rules for the construction and installation of lifts - Lifts for the transport of persons and...
EN 81-21:2009 +A1:2012
Safety rules for the construction and installation of lifts - Lifts for the transport of persons and...
EN 81-22:2014
Safety rules for the construction and installation of lifts - Lifts for the transport of persons and...
EN 81-28:2003
Safety rules for the construction and installation of lifts - Lifts for the transport of persons and...
EN 81-50:2014
Safety rules for the construction and installation of lifts - Examinations and tests - Part 50: Desi...
EN 81-58:2003
Safety rules for the construction and installation of lifts - Examination and tests - Part 58: Landi...
EN 81-70:2003
Safety rules for the construction and installations of lifts - Particular applications for passenger...
EN 81-70:2003/A1:2004
Safety rules for the construction and installations of lifts - Particular applications for passenger...
EN 81-71:2005 +A1:2006
Safety rules for the construction and installation of lifts - Particular applications to passenger l...
EN 81-72:2015
Safety rules for the construction and installation of lifts - Particular applications for passenger ...
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