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DIN EN 81-70 accordingly includes mini-

mum requirements for accessibility and

the use of lifts – a basic precondition for

barrier-freedom in multi-floor buildings.

The standard, which had been valid since

2003, has now been revised.


arrier-freedom in buildings – a subject

repeatedly discussed, not just for the

disabled, but also for older people and

families with small children. DIN EN 81-70:2018,

which had been valid since 2003, has now been

revised. It now specifies numerous aspects re-

garding the nature and equipment of lifts for

further improvement of barrier-freedom, above

all for the disabled.

In future, lift cars must have minimum dimen-

sions of 1,100 x 1,400 mm (width x depth) and

a door width of 900 mm to conveniently admit

someone in a wheelchair with a companion. The

standard even recommends a car size of 1,100 x

2,100 mm for lifts in public buildings. “The idea

is to ensure disabled people are not disadvan-

taged, meaning planners, architects and building

owners should check in good time whether their

lifts correspond to these dimensions,” explained

Björn Sürig, new lift product manager at Kone.


Apart from changes in lift car sizes, DIN EN 81-

70:2018 also includes new contrast requirements

for all operating elements. For example, the lu-

minance contrast of buttons with their surroun-

dings must be 30 to 60 percent to ensure people

with visual impairments can see them. Not new,

but essential in this respect: the buttons must

be tactile, i.e. provided with tangible symbols,

for people with visual impairments.

There are also new features regarding special

car equipment. For example, accessibility may

not be restricted by fittings on the car wall (for

example, handrails). A mirror is mandatory, to

enable wheelchair users to see behind them when

leaving the lift.

“Distribution of lifts corresponding to the

original DIN EN 81-70:2003 is still possible up to

31 May 2020. This is when the transitional period

ends,” noted Sürig.

More information about standard-compliant lifts: