BS 7255:2012 Code of practice for safe working on lifts
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BS 7255:2012

Code of practice for safe working on lifts

Status : Confirmed, Current   Published : September 2012



What is this standard about?

It recommends safe working practices around lifts. 

Who is this standard for?

  • Owners of permanently installed lifts serving defined landing levels
  • Persons having effective control of the premises where such lifts are installed
  • Persons responsible for, and involved in, the design, installation, thorough examination, inspection, testing, service, maintenance, repair and dismantling of such lifts

Why should you use this standard?

It gives recommendations for the safety of persons when gaining access to and from the work area on a lift installation and while working there.

The recommendations also relate to the safety of others in the vicinity, whether they are working or not, who could be endangered by the actions of those working on lifts.

NOTE 1: For lifts that have been designed and installed in accordance with the Lifts Regulations 1997 [2], the recommendations that might affect product design do not apply.

NOTE 2: This standard does not cover stair lifts and other lifting appliances such as paternosters, mine lifts, access lifts to workplaces, theatrical lifts, appliances with automatic caging, skips, lifts and hoists for construction sites, ships’ hoists, platforms for exploration or drilling at sea, or construction and maintenance appliances, although it may be taken as a useful guide.

What’s changed since the last update?

This is a full revision of the 2001 edition and introduces the following principal changes:

  • Updates to accommodate new legislation
  • Revisions to accommodate new and revised standards published since 2001
  • The inclusion of improved safety procedures for working in a lift pit
  • The inclusion of information on occasions where there is more than one person working
  • Information on working on machine-room-less lift installations
  • The inclusion of recommendations for electrical working

Standard NumberBS 7255:2012
TitleCode of practice for safe working on lifts
StatusConfirmed, Current
Publication Date30 September 2012
Confirm Date01 August 2017
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)BS EN 81-80, BS 5655-6:2011, BS 7671:2008, BS EN 60204-1:2006, BS 9999, BS EN 60204-1:2006/AMD 1:2009, BS 7375, BS 921, BS 7671:2008/AMD 1:2011, BS ISO 14798, BS ISO 7010
Informative References(Provided for Information)1998, Regulations (LOLER) 1998, BS EN 81-1:1998/AMD 3:2009, BS 5266-1, The Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 2002, The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment, 1992, The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations, The Confined Space Regulations 1997, The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health, The Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2012, Regulations 2002, BS EN 60529, The Work at Height Regulations 2005, The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations, The Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008, BS EN 81-2:1998/AMD 3:2009, Regulations 1999, The Management of Health and Safety at Work, The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations, Lift Regulations 1997, 2007, BS EN 81-2:1998, BS EN 81-21:2017, BS EN 81-28
ReplacesBS 7255:2001
Draft Superseded By11/30228478 DC
DescriptorsMaintenance, Passenger lifts, Lifts, Access, Lifting equipment, Safety devices, Installation, Safety measures, Training, Occupational safety, Emergency measures, Warning devices, Visual inspection (testing), Landings, Signs, Layout
ISBN978 0 580 71704 8
File Size1.179 MB

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