Basic precautions when using a lift

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By Chris Chadwick

Published on: 06-04-2020

Here at Sheridan Lifts, the health and safety of our clients and employees is paramount.

We would therefore like to share with you some guidance from Public Health England (PHE) which includes measures for social / physical distancing, handwashing etc.  This table also includes some basic precautions for users and owners of passenger lifts, escalators and moving walks, home lifts and stair lifts.

Lift interiors should be routinely cleaned

We hope you’ll find it useful.

User precautions Owner considerations
Lift car buttons (car and landing) and lift car handrails  Avoid direct contact where possible e.g. using something like a pen top to press the button or wearing gloves.

Where this is not possible, wash your hands thoroughly afterwards

Clean the push buttons, handrails and other surfaces of lift car and lift doors regularly.
Lift lobbies Follow physical distancing guidance – 2 metres apart In busy buildings, these measures might increase the waiting time for lifts.  Consider measures to reduce the demand for lifts e.g. use stairs where possible, staggered start times.
Lift cars Do not enter a lift if this results in being within 2 metres of another passenger
Lift cars – quiet or empty buildings Avoid using lift cars if there are few people in the building Regularly check that the lift alarm communication system is operating correctly.  If there is no alarm communication device, put alternative measures in place to check if someone is trapped in the lift car. If not, we recommend you take the lift out of service.
Escalators and moving walks handrails Use gloves when using the handrails or wash your hands thoroughly afterwards Consider fitting UV-C disinfection unit to inside of escalators and moving walks.  Where these are fitted, fit signs advising users.
Note: external units might introduce risks to users from UV-C light and trapping hazards for fingers/ hands.
Escalators and moving walks Follow physical distancing guidance – 2 metres apart
Homelifts, lifting platforms in domestic premises  Avoid direct contact where possible by using something like a pen top to press the button or wearing gloves.

Where this is not possible, wash your hands thoroughly afterwards

Clean the push buttons, handrails and other surfaces regularly.
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