Reopening Lifts and Escalators
Lifts and escalators aren’t usually the first thing that spring to mind when staff are returning to their offices during a once in one-hundred year pandemic.
But with 90% of decision-makers worried about the safe use of lifts*, facilities managers, building managers and building owners know the health and safety implications of reopening lifts and escalators are major considerations.
Lifts and escalators are, by their very nature, communal areas, and serious thought is required to provide clear process-driven to staff and customers who use them.
That’s why the British Council for Offices (BCO)** released guidance for their safe use last month.
Covid-19 guidance summary for Lifts and Escalators:
- Queue and waiting area control
- Wear masks when on board lifts
- Anti-microbial handrails for escalators
- Reduce the time doors stay open
- Clearly mark standing positions to maintain social distance
- Install touchless call devices where possible
- Provide sanitiser on entry and exit
- Reduce the average capacity from 16 to four people
As you would expect, this guidance dove-tails into the existing Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guide ‘Working Safely during the Coronavirus outbreak’***.
“Like most guidance, it’s common-sense, but what it does, is give our customers a head start.” said Neil Marsden, Sales and Marketing Director, Pickerings Lifts.
Neil continued, “We’ve worked all the way through this pandemic, and we’ve seen first-hand the struggle businesses and buildings have had when they reopen their lifts and escalators. Having a clear plan of action for how people will travel in safety through the building is the key. It requires some thought, but much of the guidance from the BCO can be implemented quickly and easily, and at low-cost.”
Pickerings Lifts is committed to the safe use of their Lifts and Escalators, and adheres to all the government guidelines provided for working during the Covid-19/Coronavirus pandemic.
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*Survey: Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (2020), Working Safely during Coronavirus (COVID-19).