Economic operators providing lift maintenance, repair or alteration services must submit a notice on lift work to Tukes. These economic operators must nominate an employee who holds lift work qualification to act as lift work supervisor. The lift work supervisor is responsible for ensuring that, for example, all work can be performed safely, the completed work outcome meets the applicable safety requirements, the employees have the professional skills and competence required in their work and that they have been duly instructed in the work tasks assigned.
The criteria for lift work qualification are laid down in the Act on Lifts and Safety Components for Lifts and the Government Decree on Lifts and Safety Components for Lifts. In order to be awarded lift work qualification, the applicant must have suitable education, sufficient work experience in the field and pass the vocational lift safety exam. Tukes organises vocational lift safety exams. Henkilö- ja yritysarviointi SETI Oy evaluates the fulfilment of the criteria for lift work qualification, awards lift work qualification and issues the certificates of qualification.
The economic operators qualified to perform lift work are listed in the Tukes register of qualified economic operators.
An employee working alone without immediate supervision must have sufficient professional skills and competence required in lift work. The minimum requirements for working alone are laid down in section 45 of the Act on Lifts and Safety Components for Lifts. The lift work supervisor must assess the employee's suitability for the work task assigned and the fulfilment of the requirements for working alone. If the requirements for working alone are not met, the employee must work in a team under immediate supervision and guidance.
The construction and assembly of new lifts are governed by the Lifts Directive and the harmonised national legislation of the Member States, and, thus, fall outside the sphere of application of any specific national requirements set out for notification, registration or lift work qualification. For the purposes of the Act on Lifts and Safety Components for Lifts, the construction and assembly of new lifts are not considered lift work.
Requirements for all work performed on lifts
As a basic requirement, all employees engaged in lift work and the installation work of new lifts must be instructed in the work tasks assigned and fully informed of the relevant requirements of lift safety, electrical safety and occupational safety.
The occupational safety requirements, laid down in the Occupational Safety and Health Act, apply to lift work and the installation work of new lifts. The Occupational Safety and Health Act and the associated secondary legislation contain provisions on mechanical, chemical and electrical risks and hazards, and the application of personal protective equipment, work machines, tools and equipment, for example. The electrical safety requirements, laid down in the Electrical Safety Act, apply to lift work and the installation work of new lifts.
Securing safety in lift work
All employees carrying out lift work must discharge their work duties with due care and ensure that the performance of work does not endanger employees or other people affected by the performance of work.
The safety of the lift must not deteriorate in any way because of lift work carried out. This is especially important in connection with alterations in which existing lifts are upgraded by installing new subsystems compliant with the current requirements.
Tasks and duties of lift maintenance company personnel
Lift maintenance company personnel shall ensure that
- maintenance tasks are carried out in accordance with the maintenance programme and schedule issued;
- maintenance and repair tasks are carried in a safe way without endangering employees or other people affected by the performance of work;
- the lift is, to the extent of the work tasks carried out, in compliance with the statutory requirements after the completion of the maintenance and repair operations;
- the lift possessor is notified of any defects or deficiencies detected in the lift; and
- the maintenance visits and maintenance tasks carried out, along with any defects detected and repaired in the lift, are recorded in the maintenance log kept in the lift machine room, indicating the date of the visit and the name of the employee who carried out the task.