How this critical methodology ensures safety and facilitates innovative product development worldwide

by Louis Bialy

Risk assessment has been utilized extensively for many applications in the elevator industry for more than 20 years. Due to its importance to the industry, ISO 14798 Lifts (Elevators), Escalators and Moving Walks – Risk Assessment and Risk Reduction Methodology was developed by international experts under the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) umbrella. A principal use of this methodology has been for the development of innovative products. One of the objectives of this article is to demonstrate how ISO 14798 and other risk assessment methodologies have been incorporated in or normatively referenced in important national and international safety standards, and how this form of utilization may increase in the future. Another objective is to illustrate how risk assessment can be used as a valuable aid to innovative elevator product development. Pertinent examples relating to the determination of the subject to be studied, the establishment of viable teams, the formulation of scenarios and the effective mitigation of risk are described. Moreover, the role and responsibilities of the team moderator are discussed, and approaches to the building of consensus among the team members is addressed in some detail.