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Tuesday, 22 September 2020 18:56 Lifts Directive
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People with disabilities will be safer when they use stairlifts and inclined lifting platforms.

EN 81-40:2020 deals with the construction, manufacturing, installation, maintenance and dismantling of electrically operated stairlifts (chair, standing platform and wheelchair platform) affixed to a building structure, moving in an inclined plane and intended for use by persons with impaired mobility:

  • travelling over a stair or an accessible inclined surface;
  • intended for use by one person;
  • whose carriage is directly retained and guided by a guide rail or rails;
  • supported or sustained by rope, rack and pinion, chain, friction traction drive, and guided rope and ball.


The standard identifies hazards which arise in the different phases of the life of such equipment and describes methods to eliminate or reduce these hazards when used as intended by the manufacturer.

It does not specify the additional requirements for:

  • operation in severe conditions (e.g. extreme climates, strong magnetic fields);
  • operation subject to special rules (e.g. potentially explosive atmospheres);
  • handling of materials, the nature of which could lead to dangerous situations;
  • use of energy systems other than electricity;
  • hazards occurring during manufacture;
  • earthquakes, flooding, fire;
  • evacuation during a fire;
  • stairlifts for goods only;
  • concrete, hardcore, timber or other foundation or building arrangement;
  • design of anchorage bolts to the supporting structure.


Standard with a previous version harmonised under Machinery directive 2006/42/EC
EN 81-40:2008 Safety rules for the construction and installation of lifts - Special lifts for the transport of persons and goods - Part 40: Stairlifts and inclined lifting platforms intended for persons with impaired mobility


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