The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) reports that the recently published South African National Standards (SANS) 53015 for the maintenance of lifts and escalators and rules for maintenance instruction will guide companies in the industry to perform regular examinations and inspections.
The company believes that lift and escalator maintenance is an important part of ensuring safe and reliable public transportation, which lift and escalator users take for granted.
The standard is an import-ant tool to ensure that lifts and escalators are properly maintained, as it specifies the elements necessary for preparing instructions for maintenance operations.
It will also be used by all involved with lift mainten-ance to ensure compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993, as it replaces the SANS 10360 for the maintenance and repair of electric and hydraulic powered lifts, escalators and passenger conveyors instruction.
Technical committee responsible for lifts and related machinery chair Bruno Isler comments that this standard can be used in case the original manufacturer’s maintenance instructions are not available.
“This means that proper lift and escalator examinations, respective inspections and maintenance tasks can still be carried out according to paragraph 6,1 of Government Notice R.797 of 29 April, 1994,” he concludes.