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All you need to know about BS 7255:2023

5th February 2024

In a move to increase safety when working on lifts, the British Standards Institution (BSI) released a new edition of BS 7255 – safe working on lifts in November 2023. The latest version supersedes BS 7255:2012, which required an update to reflect changes in the base standard for the design of lifts, as well as taking into consideration feedback from the industry. In our goal to promote a safer worker environment, this standard provides an authoritative code of practice that should be followed to reduce the risk of accidents.

Who is this standard for?
The BSI standard has been created for lift maintenance companies, inspection bodies, lift owners and those working on lifts in any capacity, such as those involved in the design, installation, repair and dismantling of lifts. Recommendations, supported by training, are provided in the standard for these groups and those involved in training one of the groups.

What is new about BS 7255: 2023?
The new edition, as stated by BS has the following changes.

1. Changes in the base standard for the design of new lifts BS EN 81-20 Safety rules for the construction and installation of lifts — Lifts for the transport of persons and goods – Passenger and goods passenger lifts.

2. References for the improvement of lifts in BS EN 81-80 Safety rules for the construction and installation of lifts – Existing lifts – Rules for the improvement of safety of existing passenger and goods passenger lifts.

3. Reflects changes to the detailed requirements in relevant legislation and published codes of practice.

4. Improves the standard’s structure to aid readability.

5. Includes further guidance on aspects such as:

◦ understanding the application of thorough examination in different contexts

◦ references to industry guidance detailing qualifications in support of training and competence

◦ training of people undertaking the release of passengers trapped (shut-in) in a lift, including where the release is by persons within the lift owners’ organisation

◦ removal of an unsafe lift from service

◦ returning a lift to service especially after changes have been made to it

◦ the well-being of a person working with others

◦ the importance of having up to date details for the lift and steps that might be taken where these are not present.


What are the benefits of using BS 7255: 2023?
The addition of new safe working procedures and improvements to the safety of existing lifts increases overall safety within the industry. It can also help improve the confidence and skills of lift engineers, ensuring a competent and skilled workforce. On top of that, it can also help lift maintenance companies strengthen their risk management.

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