This is the second edition of CSA Standard B613, Private Residence Lifts for Persons with Physical Disabilities. It supersedes the first edition published in 1987 under the title Elevating Devices for the Handicapped in Private Residences.
CSA Standard B355-94, Lifts for Persons with Physical Disabilities, was published in response to an ever increasing realization by society that public facilities should be made available to persons with physical disabilities, so that they can live as independently as possible. CSA Standard B613 is intended to fulfill a similar need for facilities in private residences; however, it does not specify all of the safety requirements that are in CSA Standard B355, because the equipment is not accessible to the general public and the user is generally more familiar with its operation.
1.1 Application of Requirements
This Standard specifies minimum requirements for the design, construction, installation, and operation of elevating devices that are to be used by persons with physical disabilities travelling between fixed points in a private residence, with a view to safeguarding against risk of accidents associated with the operation of such equipment.
1.2 Equipment Covered by This Standard
Lifts discussed in this Standard are as follows:
(a) enclosed vertical platform lifts;
(b) unenclosed vertical platform lifts;
(c) stair chair lifts; and
(d) stair platform lifts.
1.3 Equipment Not Covered by This Standard
This Standard does not apply to lifts for persons with physical disabilities covered by CSA Standard B355, Lifts for Persons with Physical Disabilities, nor to elevating devices covered by CSA Standard CAN/CSA-B44, Safety Code for Elevators.
In cases of novel designs or new configurations that cannot be precisely classified, or in cases where a material, device, component, construction method, or installation method is used that is not specifically covered in this Standard, or in cases of reported nonconformance, the regulatory authority may grant exceptions or permit alternative methods when it is assured that equivalent objectives can be achieved by establishing and maintaining effective safety.