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ASME A18.1

2017 Edition, October 5, 2017

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Safety Standard for Platform Lifts and Stairway Chairlifts

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Product Details:

  • Revision: 2017 Edition, October 5, 2017
  • Published Date: October 5, 2017
  • Status: Active, Most Current
  • Document Language: English
  • Published By: ASME International (ASME)
  • Page Count: 78
  • ANSI Approved: Yes
  • DoD Adopted: No

Description / Abstract:

Equipment Covered by This Standard. This safety Standard covers the design, construction, installation, operation, inspection, testing, maintenance, and repair of inclined stairway chairlifts and inclined and vertical platform lifts intended for transportation of a mobility impaired person only. The device shall have a limited vertical travel, operating speed, and platform area. Operation shall be under continuous control of the user/attendant. The device shall not penetrate more than one floor. A full passenger enclosure on the platform shall be prohibited. 

Equipment Not Covered by This Standard.

Equipment not covered by this Standard includes, but is not limited to, the following:

(a) elevators, escalators, moving walkways, material lifts, and dumbwaiters within the scope of ASME A17.1b–1997 and later edition

(b) personnel hoists within the scope of ANSI/ASSE A10.4

(c) manlifts within the scope of ASME A90.1

(d) powered platform and equipment for exterior and interior building maintenance within the scope of ASME A120.1

(e) portable equipment

(f) amusement devices

(g) stage and orchestra lifts


This Standard applies to new installations only, except section 10, which applies to new and existing installations.

Effective Date.

The requirements of this edition to the Standard are effective as of the date established by the local regulations of the authority having jurisdiction. Where the Standard has not been adopted by local regulation and a specific edition has not been stipulated by contractual agreement, compliance with this edition is recommended as of the effective date listed in the front of the document.

Purpose and Exceptions

The purpose of this Standard is to provide for the safety of life and limb, and to promote public welfare. The provisions of this Standard are not intended to prevent the use of systems, methods, or devices of equivalent or superior quality, strength, fire resistance, effectiveness, durability, and safety to those prescribed by this Standard, provided that there is technical documentation to demonstrate the equivalency of the system, method, or device.

The specific requirements of this Standard shall be permitted to be modified by the authority having jurisdiction based upon technical documentation or physical performance verification to allow alternative arrangements that will assure safety equivalent to that which would be provided by conformance to the corresponding requirements of this Standard.
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