In this context, lifts shall mean lifts as referred to in the Lifts Directive and exclude person-lifting devices coming within the scope of application of the Machinery Directive. Subsequent to amendments in statutes in 2008, person-lifting devices such as lifts with a maximum speed of 0.15 m/s no longer fall within the scope of application of the Lifts Directive but rather that of the Machinery Directive. Tukes supervises matters during the operation of lifts, lifting devices and many person-lifting or person-moving devices within the scope of the Machinery Directive as well as mechanical (industrial) bascule doors.
The design and development of lift components and the ”lift concepts” assembled therefrom mainly take place in manufacturing companies and plants. A substantial number of lifts in the Finnish market are imported from a single supplier and contain nearly all components required to build a lift. New lift construction seldom involves a lift contractor active in Finland selecting the components required for assembly but it is a commonly used method in the modernisation of lifts.
Tukes carries out market supervision of lifts together with other actors in the EU.