New Lifts Regulations to come in force on 1st September 2017

The three year transitory period between the old lifts regulations EN 81-1:1998 and the new regulations EN 81-20:2014 will come to an end on 31st August, 2017.


The main changes consist in:

  • Greater refuge space requirements in the lift pit and on the car top within the headroom;
  • Increased protection from failing from the car roof;
  • Enhanced strength requirements in the well walls and doors;
  • Additional pit safety features;
  • Improved counterweight safety, notably counterweight safety gear requirements;
  • Overall increased safety for engineers, inspectors and any persons having to enter the lift well as part of their job role;
  • Increased safety for passengers.

Any new lift that is registered with the MCCAA after 31st August, 2017, must conform to the new regulations


A series of practice guidelines will be published on this website in the coming weeks.