Minister of Manpower Regulation No. 6 of 2017 on Occupational Health and Safety (of) Elevator and Escalator is one of the new regulations issued by the Ministry of Manpower this year. It is likely that the regulation is published in an attempt to avoid proliferation of elevator and/or escalator accidents that lately often reported by the media. The last reported elevator accident was reported in August 2017 that cause one casualty.
Elevator referred by the regulation is lifting machine with trains and weights moving up and down following guiding rails that are permanently mounted on buildings, equip with governors and is used to transport people. Examples of such elevators are those installed in high rise buildings. While, escalators is a transport machine for moving people and/or goods, following a rail track operates by an electric motor.
The regulation stipulates safety and health rules and requirements that should be followed including required document, specification standards, safety checks and certified OSH officer.
Elevators and escalators that were installed before the regulation comes into force must be adjusted within a period of 3 years.