Make Sure Your Lift is Prepared For The New Year

The New Year is almost upon us, and if you manage a business that relies on the functions of passenger or access lifts, you need to consider whether they are fully up to speed for the year ahead. It is important for any lift to go through lift or stairlift maintenance at least one time per year, and it is advisable for your lift to have checks more than once a year if it is used regularly. This may be the case for shopping centres, hotels, office blocks etc. No matter what kind of lift your organisation operates, review its activity before the start of 2018 and consider whether it needs any updates, extra safety measures or lift refurbishment projects.

Are your lifts safe?

The most important aspect of any lift is safety. It's all well and good getting its passengers from one place to another, but if someone is at the risk of being harmed in the process, it could have major consequences. It is simply not worth running this risk, so before the start of the New Year, you should make sure you have carried out the necessary maintenance checks.

Legally, there are different regulations to follow for different kinds of lifting products. For example, all lifts that are used in workplaces are subject to the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (often shortened to LOLER). If your access lifts are used by workers, you should ensure that they are fully up to date with these legal guidelines.

If you own a stairlift that does not undergo regular stairlift maintenance, it may not be one hundred percent safe for users. Every stairlift should be constructed to be completely safe under the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008, so it is unlikely that there will be many issues with this type of elevation machine. However, regular stairlift maintenance will ensure you minimalise any problems and keep users safe.

Do your lifts suit your business?

While it may not be at the top of your list of priorities, making sure your lift is aesthetically pleasing is an important factor for many businesses. Particularly in high class office blocks, modern shopping centres and newly-revamped airport lounges, access lifts need to be in keeping with the theme of their surroundings. This could mean you need a full lift refurbishment complete with modernisation features that will wow users, or it may be that there are certain small aspects that could do with an upgrade.

Lift modernisation could include a range of updates. Some of these include:

Do you have a maintenance plan in place?

If you don't have a maintenance plan in place for your lift products in 2018, you should get one as soon as possible. There are various companies offering different maintenance packages all over the country. Do your research and be sure to pick a company with professional, highly-skilled engineers and a strong reputation for both products and customer service.

No matter how you want to upgrade your lift for the new year, whether it be safety features or general lift refurbishment, make sure you act soon - January will be here in no time!