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Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 (Act No. 85 of 1993)

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Lift, Escalator and Passenger Conveyor Regulations, 2010

3. Permission to Install and Use


(1) No person shall install or permit the installation of a new or used lift, escalator or passenger conveyor unless—
(a) that person has submitted a completed form in the form of Annexure 1 to the relevant provincial director who shall allocate an official number to the lift, escalator or passenger conveyor;
(b) that person has been allocated an official number contemplated in paragraph (a); and
(c) such installation meets the requirements of these Regulations and complies with the relevant standards and specifications incorporated into these Regulations under section 44 of the Act.


(2) No person shall put into use or require or permit the use of a lift, escalator or passenger conveyor unless that person is in possession of a valid comprehensive report issued in terms of regulation 6(4): Provided that such report shall be completed by an inspection service provider.


(3) The user of a lift that does not operate automatically shall appoint the operator of such a lift in writing and instruct that operator as to the dangers of its operation.




(a) Annexure 1 must be submitted to a Provincial Office situated in the Province where the lift is going to be installed.
(b) Official number is a unique number issued by the relevant Provincial Office which would be reflected on the registration certificate.
(c) A person who intends to install a lift, escalator or passenger conveyor that does not meet requirements of these Regulations must apply for an exemption to the Chief Inspector.
(d) A comprehensive report is an annexure in terms of the relevant SANS document for lift, escalator or passenger conveyor.
(e) This report is completed by an inspection service provider.
(f) A comprehensive report is issued by an inspection service provider who employs a registered lift inspector.
(g) These are normally Freight elevators and are registered to be operated with "attendants ".
(h) The car and landing doors do not operate automatically.
(i) The user is the owner of the lift, escalator or passenger conveyor.
(j) The operator must be provided with the user instruction/manual for that particular lift and he or she must clearly understand the instructions.