LEIA is the trade association and advisory body for the lift and escalator industry, formed in 1997 by the merging of two long-standing associations with a history dating back to 1932. With a membership covering some 85% of the lift and escalator industry, LEIA represents a single voice for the sector.
LEIA members supply passenger and goods/service lifts, stairlifts, homelifts, lifting platforms, escalators, passenger conveyors and a range of component parts for such products. LEIA members also undertake the maintenance of over 300,000 products falling within the scope of the Association.
LEIA objectives include:
Commitment to high standards
LEIA is proud to hold ISO 9001 certification and, unusually for a trade association, has established such certification as criterion for membership of the Association. Certification to ISO 9001 demonstrates that LEIA member companies have the people, the facilities, technical expertise, management systems and track record to undertake work professionally and competently.
Because LEIA requires that certification is achieved through a UKAS accredited body, ISO 9001 assists member companies in satisfying conformity assessment procedures under the Lift Regulations 1997 for the evaluation of technical competence, procedures which are subject to third party annual audits.
LEIA provides information and advice on all industry related statutory requirements and health and safety matters, as well as European and international technical standards. This information is provided through workshops, seminars, reports and other documentation, much of which can be downloaded from this website. See Publications.
LEIA has also worked in collaboration with the British Standards Institution (BSI) to produce recommendations for best practice in the sales, installation and aftercare of personal lifting products. The Code of Practice for Personal Lifting Equipment includes measures directed at the removal or easing of consumer concerns and undesirable trade practices arising within the personal lifting equipment sectors of the lift and escalator business.