NEW STANDARDS FOR SAFETY AND ACCESSIBILTY
Two new European standards for elevator design and manufacture will bring considerable benefits in terms of accessibility and safety for both passengers and service technicians.
The first, EN 81-20:2014, sets out revised and updated safety requirements for the construction and installation of elevators. The second, EN 81-50:2014, defines the test and examination requirements for certain elevator components.
The new standards also clarify and improve the current building interface requirements. They replace the current EN 81-1 and EN 81-2 standards introduced in 1998, and all elevators taken into use after 31 August 2017 will be required to comply with the requirements of the new standards.
EN81-70 ACCESSIBILITY ELEVATORS
The EN81-70 standard defines car size and interior accessories that facilitate access for people using wheelchairs and walking aids. EN81-70 compliance is available for KONE EcoSpace, MonoSpace 500, MonoSpace 700, and MiniSpace elevators.
EN81-71 VANDAL-RESISTANT ELEVATORS
EN81-71 compliance is available to protect KONE MonoSpace 500 and KONE MonoSpace 700 elevators in buildings subject to vandalism. Vandal resistant solutions include materials and accessories that are durable, have limited flammability and that are water resistant.
EN81-72 FIREFIGHTER ELEVATORS
EN81-72 compliant firefighter elevators feature trap doors and ladders for rescue operations. Electrical components in the shaft and on the car are protected against splashing water. This solution is available for KONE MonoSpace 500 and MonoSpace 700.