BS 5900:2012 Powered homelifts with partially enclosed carriers and no liftway enclosures. Specification

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BS 5900:2012

Powered homelifts with partially enclosed carriers and no liftway enclosures. Specification

Status : Confirmed, Current   Published : April 2012



BS 5900:2012 Powered homelifts with partially enclosed carriers and no liftway enclosures. Specification

BS 5900:2012 specifies requirements for the design, manufacture, installation, commissioning, testing, maintenance and dismantling of new permanently installed electrically powered homelifts with the following characteristics:

  • Travelling vertically between two predefined levels along a guided path where the inclination to the vertical does not exceed 15°
  • Supported or sustained by wire rope or chains, hydraulic cylinder (direct or indirect), screw and nut
  • Penetrating a single floor
  • Affixed to a building structure
  • Where the carrier is partially enclosed
  • Having a speed not greater than 0.15 m/s

BS 5900:2012 is applicable to homelifts that are installed in private dwellings and are intended for the transport of persons with impaired mobility, standing or seated, with or without a wheelchair.

Although this British Standard is applicable to new homelifts, it can also be used as guidance for the refurbishment and re-installation of existing homelifts.

This is a full revision of the standard

The principal changes are to update the text to meet the essential health and safety requirements of Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC [1] as enacted as the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008 [2].

Contents for BS 5900:2012 includes:

Normative references
Terms and definitions

General requirements for homelifts
- General
- Pattern of use
- Guarding
- Rated speed
- Rated load
- Load control
- Carrier floor dimensions
- Mechanical strength of the homelift
- Resistance to operating forces
- Protection of equipment against harmful external influences
- Carrier support/guide system
- Safety gear and over-speed governor

Access for maintenance, repair and inspection
- Working areas on the carrier
- Working areas under the carrier
- Access to equipment and machinery

Driving units and drive systems
- General requirements
- Braking system
- Stopping/levelling accuracy
- Emergency/manual operation
- Additional requirements for rope and chain suspension drive
- Additional requirements for screw and nut drive
- Additional requirements for hydraulic drive

Electrical equipment
- Power supply
- Conductors of different circuits
- Insulation resistance of the electrical installation
- Drive contactors
- Motor and brake supply
- Enclosure requirements and electrical creepage and clearance distances
- Electromagnetic compatibility
- Protection against electrical faults
- Electric safety devices
- Protection of the driving motor
- Electrical wiring
- Additional requirements for battery powered supply
- Control devices
- Electrical socket outlet

- General
- Inspection doors and traps
- Liftway protection

Carrier construction
- Protection of access sides
- Protection during door operation
- Door unlocking zone
- Door locking devices
- Door emergency unlocking
- Protection of non-access sides
- Tip-up seat
- Floor covering
- Lowest level carrier access ramp
- Glass
- Edge and surface protection
- Fire protection
- Behaviour of homelift in the event of fire
- Carrier illumination

- General
- Signals and warning devices
- Documents
- Verification tests on each machine before first use
- Dismantling

Relationship with other publications

Standards for related devices suitable for use by persons with impaired mobility are BS EN 81-40, BS EN 81-41 and BS 6440.


This British Standard supersedes BS 5900:1999, which is withdrawn.

Standard NumberBS 5900:2012
TitlePowered homelifts with partially enclosed carriers and no liftway enclosures. Specification
StatusConfirmed, Current
Publication Date30 April 2012
Confirm Date01 August 2017
Cross ReferencesBS 476-20, BS 7671, BS EN 81-1:1998+A3:2009, BS EN 81-2:1998+A3:2009, BS EN 349, BS EN 953, BS EN 1363-1, BS EN 12015, BS EN 12016, BS EN 12183, BS EN 12184, BS EN 12385-4, BS EN 13411, BS EN 50214, BS EN 60204-1:2006+A1:2009, BS EN 60529:1992, BS EN 60947-1:2007, BS EN 60947-4-1:2010, BS EN 60947-5-1:2004+A1:2009, BS EN ISO 12100, BS EN ISO 13857:2008, ISO 606, BS 6440, BS EN 81-40, BS EN 81-41, BS EN 81-70:2003, BS EN 1050, BS EN 13015, BS EN ISO 14121-1, DD CLC/TS 50134-7, 2006/42/EC, Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008, Lifting Equipment and Lifting Operations Regulations 1998, The Building Regulations 2000
ReplacesBS 5900:1999
Draft Superseded By11/30194292 DC
DescriptorsVelocity, Locks, Loading, Installation, Electrically-operated devices, Jacks, Safety switches, Dimensions, Safety measures, Domestic, Circuits, Control systems, Entrances, Hydraulically-operated devices, Inspection, Chain drives, Passenger lifts, Purchasing, Safety devices, Pulleys, Marking, Design, Control devices, Doors, Certificates of conformity, Maintenance, Aids for the disabled, Ropes, Design calculations, Alarm systems, Lifts, Chainwheels, Electrical equipment, Braking systems, Electrical safety, Fire tests, Controllers
ISBN978 0 580 65633 0
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