A maintenance audit includes for a thorough review of the current equipment condition and the standard of maintenance being upheld as well as addressing health and safety deficiencies, equipment reliability, equipment performance, safety component certification, risk assessments, statutory inspection reports, maintenance contract coverage and service visits, maintenance deficiencies and even future budget expenditure that may be required.
Lift Accessibility Audit
Focused upon compliance with EN81-70 this survey looks at the compliance of the building and the equipment from the perspective of “accessibility” and equality of access criteria and standards.
Lift Safety Audit
Focused upon compliance with EN81-80 this survey looks at the compliance of the equipment from the viewpoint of risk assessment and the safety of passengers, building occupants, caretakers or security staff as well as equipment maintenance operatives.
BS EN 81-80 is a European Harmonised standard that compares older lifts to new lifts in terms of provision of safety features and, by doing so, provides a risk profile of the unit. It is clearly recognised in the standard that the cost of improvements may be higher than can be reasonably afforded by the duty holder and that upgrading works may have to be held off until funding is available. To be absolutely clear however, this does not mean that an unsafe situation can remain due to the lack of funding.
An assessment of the lift is carried out using the “Safety Check-list for Existing Lifts”. The items that are identified as requiring to be addressed are transferred to a risk profile, known as an “Original Risk Profile” to provide an overview of the risks that have been identified.
A further review of the risk profile is carried out to determine if those risks should be modified. For example: the lift may not have lift shaft lighting installed. The original evaluation would conclude that this item had a Severity Category 1 and a Frequency Category D. Consequently the risk level in the original risk profile is high which means that risk reducing measures are necessary.
If however, the lift had lift shaft lighting that did not provide adequate lighting; this risk profile could be reduced as the hazard is clearly less than if no lighting was available.
The resulting assessment is known as the “Modified Risk Profile”. Lift owners can then use this risk assessment as a useful basis for future decision-making when considering mid to long-term investment in their equipment.