New Safety Guidelines

The Safety Assessment Federation (SAFed) in conjunction with the Health and Safety Executive, both from the UK, has launched new guidelines for the safe operation of escalators and moving walkways.
The aim is to ensure that owners and duty holders understand and discharge their responsibilities in a safe, consistent and cost-effective manner.
Richard Hulmes, Chief Executive of SAFed, said: “There are a number of major reasons why it was important to develop these guidelines.  In addition to being used more frequently in building designs, escalators and moving walkway installations are becoming ever more complex.  Combined with an alarming growth in the misuse and abuse of escalators, this poses an increasing risk to end users.  This is particularly concerning as, in some cases, escalators can form part of the primary escape route from a facility, such as some London Underground stations.”
The guidelines provide recommendations on risk control and reduction to help prevent accidents as well as technical advice on testing and examination, reporting formats and suitable cycles between examination and tests.  They have been developed in partnership with a number of major stakeholders.  End user concerns were represented by London Underground, the British Airports Authority and the British Retail Consortium.  Key industry expertise and experience came from The Independent National Inspection and Testing Association, The Lift and Escalator Industry Association and The Chartered Institution of Building Service Engineers among others.