Stretcher Facilities in Lifts

The Building Code of Australia requires a lift to be installed in a building to allow a stretcher to be used for the safe evacuation of an injured or sick person in the building (stretcher facilities in lifts). A “stretcher” lift would be deemed an essential safety measure by building surveyors/ building certifiers.

Building Code of Australia

BCA Part E3 Lifts installations, contains clause E3.2 Stretcher facility in lifts. This clause requires a lift capable of accommodating a horizontal stretcher (stretcher facilities in lifts) in at least one emergency lift (for emergency procedures) when provided or in a lift where the lift is installed in a building where the lift serves a storey that has an effective height of 12m.

The following illustration depicts the requirements of the building that require stretcher facilities in lifts.

The following is a part extract of clause I1.1 for an Essential Safety Measure (as appeared in BCA 2013) known as stretcher facilities in lifts:

Table I1.9 SAFETY MEASURES – BUILDING FIRE INTEGRITY

Safety Measures BCA Provision for Determining Standard of Performance
Stretcher facilities in lifts E3.2

Essential Safety Measures Audit – Stretcher Facilities in Lifts

An essential safety measures auditor must read the building surveyors/ certifiers essential safety measures determination/ schedule to verify whether a lift in the building is nominated to support stretcher facilities in lifts. If so, the auditor should check on whether internal alterations have taken place to the inside of the lift car which would not allow a stretcher when laid horizontal to be 600mm wide x 2000mm long at 1400mm in height. Alterations to the lift car that affect stretcher facilities in lifts should be recorded in the building’s essential safety measures logbook to allow the signing of the Annual Statement, Annual Certificate Compliance, Annual Fire Safety Statement, Annual Maintenance Statement and Annual Occupiers Statement.