The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) has published a short guidance document advising businesses how to deal with recommissioning their lifts as buildings are brought back into use.
If the lift was unused the CIBSE advises that a specialist lift maintenance contractor carries out a service for any lift which was isolated from its power source. It states that hydraulic mechanisms in particular are likely to have deteriorated through lack of use. You’ll also need to ensure that the lift’s certification for thorough examination, which is required by the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998, is up to date.
Due to social distancing requirements, you will need to review the capacity of lifts. Government guidance suggests marking out spaces that require the occupants to look away from each other. If the lift is too small for this, you may have to consider restricting the number of occupants at one time. You will need to display a notice to this effect. You’ll also need to ensure that frequently touched surfaces, including the lift buttons are cleaned regularly. Check with the lift maintenance contractor which products are safe to use without causing damage.