A new ISO standard has been created which will increase the safety and user comfort of the escalators used around the world.

It will apply to escalators, such as are installed in shopping centres, cinemas, airports, railway stations and subways.

ISO technical report ISO/TS 25740-1:2011, Safety requirements for escalators and moving walks - Part 1: Global essential safety requirements (GESR), specifies safety requirements for escalators and moving walks, the components and functions, and provides methods for minimizing safety risks that might arise in the course of the operation and use of, or work on, escalators and moving walks.