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We understand an automotive lift is a vital part of any service department or repair facility. In a busy shop it is not unusual for every lift to be used everyday, all day. The average service life of a lift is approximately 25 years. Just like a car, as a lift ages, it will have parts that wear and need to be replaced or adjusted.
Lift Inspections are a Critical Component of any Service Department’s Safety Program!
Annual vehicle lift inspections conducted by a qualified automotive lift inspector are required by the American National Standard Institute (ANSI) National Standard covering vehicle lift operation, inspection and maintenance.
Up until 2013, there hasn’t been a license or certification program to help you choose a “qualified” company to trust with vehicle lift inspection. The American Lift Institute, (ALI), a national organization of most major lift manufacturers, has developed a national training and certification program for lift inspectors. Companies and inspectors must meet and maintain strict qualifications, including minimum liability insurance, detailed inspection and performance standards, and standardized record keeping by company and inspector.
The ALI Lift Certification Program
There’s more riding on your vehicle lift than cars and trucks. If you’re the technician who relies on a car 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 automotive lifts, it’s crucial that they are chosen with care.
The safety standard covering the design, construction and performance of car lifts in North America is ANSI/ALI ALCTV (current edition): “Safety Requirements for the Construction, Testing, and Validation of Automotive Lifts.” Not all lifts sold in North America meet the requirements outlined in this standard.
The ALI Lift Certification Program is the only accredited program in North America to independently test and validate that a car lift model meets all ANSI/ALI ALCTV safety and performance requirements. So when you’re in the market to buy a car lift, the only way to know that a lift has been third-party tested and certified to meet this standard is to buy an ALI Certified Lift.
Car Lift Certification Testing
The ALI Lift Certification Program has authorized three nationally accredited testing laboratories (NRTLs) to test vehicle lifts to determine whether they meet the requirements of the ANSI/ALI ALCTV lift safety standard. These labs are Intertek (Cortland, N.Y.), MET Laboratories (Baltimore, Md.) and TÜV Rheinland (Newtown, CT).
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 overloading the lift (which should never be done outside a laboratory setting) and ensuring that no visual deformation of any of its structural elements or components occurs.
The lab also reviews the instructional materials provided with each lift or hoist to ensure they meet requirements outlined in the standard. In order for a lift to be certified, the manufacturer’s production facility also must 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 that have been tested by one of the approved labs and found to meet all of the requirements outlined in the ANSI/ALI standard receive an ALI Gold Certification Label and are listed in the ALI Directory of Certified Lifts. If a lift model is not listed in the directory, it is not certified. Note that certification is for an individual lift model, not the lift manufacturer. If a manufacturer has one ALI-certified lift, that does not mean that all of its lifts are certified.