By: Gary Siggins / UL Principal Engineer

UL Publishes the First Edition of UL 60335-2-1000, a standard for safety for chair and single wheelchair swimming pool and spa lifts.

UL announces the publication of the First Edition of UL 60335-2-1000, The Standard for Safety for Household and Similar Electrical Appliances: Particular Requirements for Electrically Powered Pool Lifts. This Standard deals with the safety and basic performance of electrically powered pool lifts intended for persons requiring assistance for safe entry into and out of a pool or spa. This new standard was created in response to additions to the 2017 National Electrical Code, ANSI/NFPA 70 (Art. 680, Part VIII, Electrically Powered Pool Lifts), as well as requests for a specific set of requirements for pool lifts separate from those used as patient lifts in medical applications.

Although the majority of the lifts being produced are intended for unassisted operation, the standard allows for lifts with controls only operable from the pool deck area. Those lifts intended for unassisted operation have additional requirements for the user controls. The scope of UL 60335-2-1000 addresses portable or stationary chair type lifts as show above as well as permanent single wheelchair types as shown below.  

Private or Residential vs Public or Commercial Use – Although the requirements reflect those appropriate for fixed installations in public or commercial pools where the installation would be under the scope of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the standard also addresses portable units intended for residential use.

Installation and Stability – The standard requires evaluation of the stability of the unit in simulated pool deck installations. The minimum lifting capacity rating of 300lbs, as well as the construction and dimensional requirements for the lift chair, seal, footrest and arms, reflect the requirements in The Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities Standard, ICC A117.1

UL now also offers the certification of both permanent and removable plastic mesh type swimming pool fencing to ASTM F1908 and ASTM F2286.