Safety and operator responsibility

Make sure your system complies with current legislation.

Safety first! That's why the minimum requirement is to meet current safety regulations. This task demands a high degree of expertise and responsibility.

We are familiar with the requirements and are happy to advise you and help clarify questions such as these:

  • What is your liability as operator or employer?
  • How safe is your elevator system – even if regular inspections show no defects?
  • What actions can you take to fulfill existing requirements and prevent hazards?

The German Ordinance on Industrial Safety and Health (BetrSichV) is the decisive regulation for the operation of elevator systems. It concerns the protection of safety and health in the provision of work equipment and its use at work, as well as safety when operating installations subject to monitoring.

For operators, the BetrSichV has changed many things. According to the ordinance, the operator must assess hazards (§3 BetrSichV) or perform safety-related evaluations (§15 BetrSichV) and to operate installations subject to monitoring according to the state of the art (§12 BetrSichV). The complete responsibility for safe operation rests with the operator.

Regular inspections, on their own, are insufficient. Elevator systems put into operation before 2003 were subject to the requirements at the time of construction – which is why the system may deviate from the state of the art.

All elevators subject to monitoring should have had a safety inspection by the end of 2007, at the latest. We urgently recommend having this inspection carried out, based on the European "Rules for Improving the Safety of Existing Lifts" (EN81-80), unless it has already taken place as part of a hazard evaluation or on its own. In the first step, hazards are identified and protective measures for reducing the risk are suggested.

Many older elevator systems – especially those installed prior to 1999 – do not correspond to today's state of the art and should be retrofitted accordingly. If deviations exist, we recommend updating your elevator system step by step to lower your liability risk as much as possible. We're happy to provide on-site advice and discuss your options.

The "risk traffic light", developed by thyssenkrupp, facilitates the evaluation of hazards. And, in elevators serviced by us, it alerts our service technicians to any hazards still present. It includes some of the required hazard evaluations and safety-relevant evaluations, but does not entirely replace them.