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Are your lifts prepared for the COVID-19 building reopening?

Are your lifts prepared for the COVID-19 building reopening?

Are your lifts prepared for the COVID-19 building reopening?

  • On 22nd May 2020

Following the Government’s latest COVID-19 updates regarding the reopening of buildings and businesses resuming their operations, the most important question for property managers from Titan’s Management team is, how prepared are you?

It is crucial for all lift owners to have safe and thorough building reopening strategies that will ensure the safety of groups of people entering or leaving the building through the day.

To assist our lift and escalator customers, and also new customers, we have shortlisted key areas that should be focused on when formulating these plans. Here are some examples:

Clear Communication through Health & Safety signages, markings and posters

In commercial buildings, communication relating to social distancing and hygiene is essential. Most cases, it will take the building users a little time to adjust to the new restrictions. However, providing posters along with e-mail instructions and debriefings to returning staff in advance of their return to work will enhance the communication of the new building rules.

Additional Cleaning Procedures

For most commercial buildings during this time of crisis, additional cleaning procedures in and around the building are required, especially in a lift.

A lift is definitely the building feature that contains the highest amount of touchable surfaces – i.e. handrails, lift buttons (landing and lift car controls) and lift doors – because of this, the virus can become increasingly transmissible and the use of disinfectant materials would be highly crucial.

Human traffic flow management

Fitting more than two people in a 4 to 12-person lift and trying to achieve the 2-metre social distance at the same time is almost impossible as the lift car has limited space and passengers would not be guaranteed protection from germs, even if they were facing away from each other.

Depending on the circumstances, commercial buildings with smaller lift cars are likely to have a ‘one passenger per travel’ rule and other buildings’ lift(s) may only be available for disabled access.

To manage this effectively, floor markings across the lobby/reception area would best guide building users’ to develop more awareness of their surroundings, as it would notify them how many people can travel in a lift at a time and how far away the group of passengers should stand from a lift in order to give the incoming passengers enough space to exit the lift car