New European Lifts Directive improves lift safety practices

The new Lifts Directive 2014/33/EU comes into force from April 20, 2016, replacing the current Directive 95/16/EC.  The directive aims to ensure that all lifts are safe to use and all safety components comply with current safety standards, as well as to harmonise safety practices between countries.  The directive applies both to new and existing lifts and will be integrated into the national laws of the 28 EU member states as well as Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, and Turkey. 

All KONE products and processes already comply with the new directive, so there is no action needed from our customers.

Key points of the directive

  • Minimum traceability requirement for safety components
    Anyone who manufactures, sells, or installs lift safety components must keep a record for a minimum of 10 years of where the component was bought from and to whom it was sold. 
  • Clear rules for communicating potential risks
    If anyone in the supply chain discovers that a component presents a safety risk, they must notify both the customer and the relevant authorities and take corrective actions. In such cases, the new directive makes it easier and faster to locate and replace any potentially unsafe components. 

All safety components in newly installed lifts, as well as replacement safety components fitted during maintenance or modernisation work, must have a CE marking and a corresponding Declaration of Conformity document. 

KONE already only uses CE marked and documented safety components, with the required 10 years of document tracking.  This means that if a risk is discovered, we can immediately trace the affected components, inform our customers and make a plan to replace components as quickly as possible.

When it comes to lift safety compliance, with KONE you’re in safe hands.

If you have any questions about the new directive or any other matters relating to the safety of your lift equipment, please contact 08451 999 999.