BCA presses buttons for tighter lift regulations
TIGHTER regulations for lifts are set to kick in as early as next month, as authorities address the issue of safety in the wake of a series of accidents.
These will include a tighter regime for lift maintenance, stricter enforcement and a new lift operation permit system, the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) said yesterday.
The estimated 59,000 passenger lifts in Singapore are maintained at least once a month and inspected and tested once a year, BCA added.
However, it has found that maintenance by contractors can be improved.
There are about 100 BCA registered lift contractors.
It will impose a tighter maintenance regime with stricter enforcement and a more robust Permit-to-Operate System, it said.
Lift contractors will now have to adhere to new standards tied to key outcomes, such as having brakes that are well maintained.
This will help to minimise the risks of incidents like uncontrolled movements of the lift cars, BCA said.
Lift car doors and lift landing doors must be operational at all times and reopen upon activation of door protective devices. Brakes or lift parts should also not contain any oil or grease contamination.
Penalties will be imposed on contractors if the new standards are not met.
Currently, all lift owners must engage an authorised examiner to conduct a full commissioning inspection and tests to ensure compliance with the Singapore Standard 550 - the code of practice for the installation, operation and maintenance of lifts here.
A certificate, valid for one year, will then be issued.
This scheme will be replaced with the new Permit-to-Operate system, to be introduced in the second half of next year.
The permit, issued by the BCA, is required before the lift can operate and has to be renewed annually.
It will have to be displayed in the lift, and will indicate the lift contractor responsible for maintenance and the name of the authorised examiner who had inspected and certified the lift.
"We will continue to update and implement new measures to further enhance lift safety in the short and longer term," said BCA's chief executive John Keung.