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Lifts

Theme 4

Lifts

Last updated: 08 July 2021

Recommendation

33.13a

That the owner and manager of every high-rise residential building be required by law to carry out regular inspections of any lifts that are designed to be used by firefighters in an emergency and to report the results of such inspections to their local fire and rescue service at monthly intervals.

Progress date:

Autumn 2021

Responsible for completion:

  • Government

Progress

Status

In progress

The Government has consulted on proposals for real-time exception reporting of failures of relevant lifts and the mechanism which allows fire-fighters to take control of the lifts. Under our proposals, Responsible Persons would be required to undertake monthly checks of these lifts, and where they identify that a relevant lift or mechanism has failed, they must report it to their local fire and rescue service. The application of this requirement includes lifts within a relevant building designed for use by firefighters as well as lifts used for evacuation.

We proposed to enhance this proposal to maximise the safety of residents through: 

  • requiring that other critical pieces of fire-fighting equipment are also tested monthly and any failures reported to fire and rescue services; and
  • ensuring transparency for residents who will be able to access the results of the monthly checks.

The Government published its response to the consultation on 17 March 2021 (link).

The Government intends to implement these recommendations through regulations made under Article 24 of the Fire Safety Order (FSO). The Government intends to lay these Regulations this autumn. 

Recommendation

33.13b

That the owner and manager of every high-rise residential building be required by law to carry out regular tests of the mechanism which allows firefighters to take control of the lifts and to inform their local fire and rescue service at monthly intervals that they have done so

Progress date:

Autumn 2021

Responsible for completion:

  • Government

Progress

Status

In progress

The Government has consulted on proposals for real-time exception reporting of failures of relevant lifts and the mechanism which allows fire-fighters to take control of the lifts. Under our proposals, Responsible Persons would be required to undertake monthly checks of these lifts, and where they identify that a relevant lift or mechanism has failed, they must report it to their local fire and rescue service. The application of this requirement includes lifts within a relevant building designed for use by firefighters as well as lifts used for evacuation.

We proposed to enhance this proposal to maximise the safety of residents through: 

  • requiring that other critical pieces of fire-fighting equipment are also tested monthly and any failures reported to fire and rescue services; and
  • ensuring transparency for residents who will be able to access the results of the monthly checks.

The Government published its response to the consultation on 17 March 2021 (link).

The Government intends to implement these recommendations through regulations made under Article 24 of the Fire Safety Order (FSO). The Government intends to lay these Regulations this autumn.