Power Systems International, in collaboration with Cambridgeshire County Council, has embarked upon an initiative to provide purpose built Emergency Lift Power Systems (ELPS) for dedicated evacuation lifts at airports, schools, libraries, hospitals and other public buildings.

Traditionally, health and safety has dictated that lifts cannot be used in emergencies. However, as a result of the changing and more demanding environment for duty of care, there is the need to improve the facilities for the evacuation of disabled, injured or incapacitated persons from public premises. As a solution, the ELPS has been designed with features to enable Designated Evacuation Lifts to operate safely and efficiently. Features include an authorised manual control by means of a key switch and the facility for change-over between dual power source feeders, enable Emergency Evacuation Lifts to operate in line with the Disability Discrimination Act.

A crucial ELPS feature is its application as a ‘point of use’ power source. This compact unit is intended for installation adjacent to the lift location, and does not emit the heat, noise, smoke, fuel spills or toxic fumes associated with diesel generators. Neither does it require the cost of fuel storage or long cable lengths. It can also be used to power Designated Evacuation Lifts simultaneously with Emergency Lighting and Smoke Extraction Fan Motors for refuge areas.

The ELPS provides power at the point where it is actually needed, giving peace of mind should an emergency situation arise.