Safety Tips Office safety Office Safety Tips Safety Tips

The do’s and don’ts of elevator safety

Elevator safety
Photo: XiXinXing/iStockphoto

For millions of workers, riding in an elevator is an everyday occurrence. If you use elevators at work, follow these “do’s” and “don’ts” from the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation to help stay safe.


  • Watch your step when getting in or out of an elevator to avoid tripping.
  • Hold the handrail if one is available, and stand next to the walls, away from the door.
  • Stay calm if you find yourself stuck in an elevator. Use the elevator’s alarm button or emergency contact button to get help.
  • Reassure and calm anyone who is panicked about being stuck in the elevator.
  • Stay in a stuck elevator – don’t attempt to pry open the doors. “The inside of an elevator is the safest place to be while the elevator is stopped,” EESF states. Stay quiet and wait for safety instructions.


  • Use an elevator in the event of a fire. Take the stairs instead.
  • Get on an overly crowded elevator. It may be reaching its weight capacity, so it’s better to wait for the next one.
  • Engage in horseplay.
  • Rest on or push someone against a door.

Post a comment to this article

Safety+Health welcomes comments that promote respectful dialogue. Please stay on topic. Comments that contain personal attacks, profanity or abusive language – or those aggressively promoting products or services – will be removed. We reserve the right to determine which comments violate our comment policy. (Anonymous comments are welcome; merely skip the “name” field in the comment box. An email address is required but will not be included with your comment.)