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Inspecting an Automotive Service Lift (Reproduced with permission from IAEI News)


Inspecting an Automotive Service Lift

(By Dale W. Soos)

Reproduced with permission from IAEI News, Mar-Apr 2006 issue

Your day starts with an early morning phone call : “ Hi, This is Phil’s Auto Repair on Chestnut Street. What information do you need to have a permit drawn for installing an automotive service lift ?” Your first thought, as an electrical inspector, is to ask, “Is it listed?” You are assured it is, so a permit for the installation is filed, and a final inspection is scheduled. When you arrive for the inspection, the building owner proudly shows off his new lift, and points to the “listing” mark on the lift motor.

Everything seems to be in order, and you sign off on the final inspection—but is everything in order?

Auto Lift Institute

You should be aware that most automotive lifts are required by the International Building Code ( IBC) Chapter 30 to meet the requirements of ANSI/ALI ALCTV-1998 Standard for Automotive Lifts – Safety Requirements for Construction, Testing , and Validation. As with fire fighters’ life safety equipment, this standard requires third party certification and third party marking for compliance with the standard. This compliance means much more than having a listing label on the motor.The ANSI/ALICTV-1998 standard requires that all electrically powered automotive lifts have a valid maintained-current electrical listing with an OSHA designated nationally recognized testing laboratory(NRTL) to ANSI/UL 201 Standard for Sfatey, Garage Equipment. Conversely,the ANSI/UL 201 standard requires that all electrically powered automotive lifts be evaluated to the requirements of ANSI/ALI ALCTV.

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