This article about strata owners responsibilities when it comes to lift maintenance and Australian Standards has been provided by Rex Henning, Equity Elevator Management.
At one of our past seminars I ran through Strata Owners’ responsibilities when it comes to lift maintenance and Australian Standards. Several delegates asked me to make a blog post out of this presentation, so here we go……
(Regulated by Fair Trading & State/Territory Authority)
- Ensure that the plant is registered, maintained and is safe for both users and workers. Paramount to this is that access to and egress from the plant is safe.
- Public liability insurance cover of $10 Million in place.
- Compulsory Legal Records.
- Proof of original design approval (Design Registration Certificate).
- Proof the original installation was inspected and deemed safe (Safe to Operate Certificate).
- Proof of current registration (Plant Registration Certificate).
- Proof of current maintenance (Service provider’s “Adequate Maintenance” certificate).
- Occupational Health and Safety Act Compliance
(Safe Work Australia Act)
- Proof of a current risk management plan (RMP).
- Is there a current Hazard & Risk Analysis in place (HRA)?
- Does your RMP clearly state how risks identified in the HRA are managed/mitigated?
- Are upgrade and rectification works planned and budgeted via the sinking fund.
(All the above authorities, DDA and recommended good practice)
- An independent compliance and equipment assessment every 5 years.
- Ensure lift users are adequately aware of how to use the plant safely.
- Ensure that the lift complies with the Disability Discrimination Act (where required).
- Designate a responsible person to regularly advise the service provider of defects such as….
- Lift does not level correctly at floor level.
- Slip & trip hazards.
- Lack of smoothness of operation.
- Lift emergency phone not working correctly.
- Any unusual behaviours (e.g. stopping in mid-flight).
- Noisy or violent door operation, bumping users.
- NSW: Q&A Reducing the Cost of Our Lift Maintenance Contract
- NAT: Q&A Better organise your lift emergency phone lines now!
This post appears in Strata News #107 and #262
This post first appeared on the Equity Elevators website.
For more updates on lift maintenance Australian Standards or matters concerning strata in your state or territory, visit our FactSheet: Maintenance & Common Property and visit our Strata Information Pages by States
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