There has been a new code update released in relation to Vertical Platform Lifts in Canada. A summary of the changes that impact RAM product offerings are:
- Historically the code for residential was B613 and commercial was B355. B355 has now supersede3d B613 and includes residential comments.
- 4.2.1 – Travel. It is a little vague on whether unenclosed lifts above 98in for residential are allowed or not. It simply says that it may be exceeded where alternative options are not practical. We will continue to offer residential lifts that are unenclosed up to 14ft until we know otherwise.
- 8.3.5 was added and asks for any enclosed lift to have a two-way comms device installed. This would impact our pricing and equipment requirements. These communication devices are optional on residential lifts from our review.
- Inclusion of 8.5.11 via 8.5.1 in the requirement for electrically protective devices description means that for commercial lifts we will need to have a different style of top cover switch or manual crank switch to prevent power being applied during manual crank operations. This will only affect Canadian commercial units.
- Section 7.7.3 – any platform that is sized or intended for wheelchair + attendant will require a carriage gate.
- In terms of competitive situation, the use of B355 for private residences now requires an enclosure on any lift that penetrates a floor. Previously this was not the case in B613 ….in essence this would seem to make Telecabs from Savaria non-code compliant. Section 4.4.4 in B613 seems to have allowed them in the past.
These changes would only be in effect for a jurisdiction that has adopted the 2015 code. Ontario is the only region that has adopted so far but this will change over time.
RAM would encourage you to review the code yourself and discuss with your local authorities to ensure you understand their interpretation and whether/ when they are adopting this edition of the code.
If you have questions or concerns please contact RAM to discuss.