Why is a Lift Traffic Analysis essential for those re-occupying their buildings?
If you are thinking about and planning the re-occupation of your buildings, lifts are a key consideration. Social distancing in lifts will mean the lifts will have a drastically reduced capacity. A lift traffic analysis will determine what this reduced capacity actually is. More importantly it will allow you to effectively plan for re-occupation.
What are the government guidelines on lift use?
Government guidelines for working safely can be found here.
For offices and contact centres the guidance can be found here. Reference to lifts can be found throughout this document.
Section 3.2 of the guidance for offices mentions
- Reducing maximum occupancy for lifts
- Providing hand sanitiser for the operation of lifts
- Encouraging the use of stairs
- Making sure people with disabilities are able to access lifts.
How do I determine the lift capacity under the government guidelines?
In following the guidelines and determining the reduced lift capacity a risk assessment should be done. The guidelines give some visual examples as shown below.
There is a template on the HSE website that can be used here. This website gives good guidance on how to undertake the risk assessment.
Now that I know the reduced lift capacity how will a lift traffic analysis help?
Once the reduced lift capacity has been determined a lift traffic analysis will identify what the throughput of the lift(s) is. i.e. How many people the lift(s) can transport in a given time scale. This is essential because it allows you to plan based on this.
We can run scenarios on different capacities for different re-occupation scheme for example staggered time entry and one-way operation. This will help you determine what is best for your building.
More information on Lift Traffic Analysis and the impact of Covid-19 can be found on the following pages.