Automotive Lift Certification
Look for the Gold Label
There’s more riding on your vehicle lifts than cars and trucks. If you’re the technician who relies on a lift to get your job done every day, your safety is riding on it. If you’re the shop owner, service manager or dealer whose livelihood depends on your technicians’ safety and performance, your business is riding on it. With so much riding on your lifts, it’s crucial that they are chosen with care.
Since 1993, the ALI Lift Certification Program has made it easy for lift buyers to choose lifts that have been third-party tested and proven to meet the safety and performance requirements outlined in the safety standard ANSI/ALI ALCTV (current edition) “Safety Requirements for the Construction, Testing and Validation of Automotive Lifts.” Intertek Testing Services (ETL), an independent, worldwide testing organization, manages the program. Intertek (Cortland, N.Y.), MET Laboratories (Baltimore, Md.) and TÜV SÜD America (Peabody, Mass.) are the third-party Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories (NRTLs) authorized to test lifts to determine whether they meet the ANSI/ALI ALCTV-2011 standard.
Lift testing includes verification of the structural integrity of all the lift’s systems and components, proper function of its controls and load-holding devices, proper lowering speeds, and overload protection. Part of the testing process involves loading the lift to 150 percent of its rated load capacity and ensuring that no visual deformation of any of the lift’s structural elements or components occurs. Instructional materials must also meet requirements outlined in the standard. In order for a lift to be certified, the manufacturer’s production facility also has to meet quality control requirements. Lifts can be tested and certified regardless of where they are manufactured and whether or not the manufacturer is an ALI member.
Lifts tested by the authorized laboratories and found to meet all of the requirements outlined in the ANSI standard receive a gold “ALI Certified” label and are listed in the ALI Directory of Certified Lifts. ALI certification is a buyer’s only guarantee that a lift meets the industry safety and performance standards. Note that certification is for an individual model of lift, not the lift manufacturer. If a manufacturer has one ALI-certified lift, that does not mean that all of its lifts are certified.
Unless mandated by an authority having jurisdiction (AHJ), lift testing and certification is voluntary for manufacturers. Responsibility for buying certified lifts rests with the customer. Be an educated consumer! Always look for ALI’s gold certification label before buying a vehicle lift.