Escalators and moving walkways fall under the “machine” category and as such, in order to design, market, and apply the CE marking, reference must be made to the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC (incorporated in Italy with Lgs. Decree 17/10). At this time, only tests of a voluntary nature have been indicated.
Dating back to the 1940s, the maintenance obligations for escalators, lifts, and moving walkways in Italy were formalised over time until the enactment of the current law, the Presidential Decree 30 April 1999 and its successive modifications and amendments (Presidential Decree 5 October 2010 n. 214 and Presidential Decree 19 January 2015, n. 8).
Every system must be declared to be in conformity with laws and pass an unavoidable series of technical and bureaucratic verifications before being able to begin working; two main players are involved: the builder of the system (responsible for the same and for its installation in its final destination) and the owner of the building (or a legal representative) who stipulates the maintenance contract and guarantees the periodic inspection of the system every two years.
The necessary steps follow:
Once these requirements have been met, the commissioning of the system can be communicated to the competent Town, City, province, within 60 days of the EU declaration of conformity.
The law indicates which activities are included in the maintenance intervention in order to ensure proper functioning of the system. The periodic activities that must be carried out by the maintenance technician or team are:
ECO Certificazioni, thanks to extensive experience in the field of machinery and lifts, carries out controls on mobile installations for the purpose of verifying effective compliance with the safety requirements established by law.