What You Need To Know About Elevators

Many people think that elevator and escalator safety is the responsibility and responsibility of the elevator manufacturer or the elevator service company. The Safety Standards Act covers everyone who alters, maintains, or operates elevating equipment in BC. The building manager, elevating device contractor, and elevating device mechanic all play important roles in elevator and escalator safety.

We have answered some of the most common questions that we receive from owners and operators of elevating devices.

What’s an “elevating instrument”?

Elevating devices can refer to moving walkways, elevators, moving walks, material elevators, dumbwaiters, and elevators with limited use, limited access (LULA).

I am an “asset owner”?

Asset owners are those who own or manage facilities that have one or more regulated products such as escalators/elevators, boilers and gas appliances under one roof. Examples include commercial properties, industrial and manufacturing plants, as well as multi-unit office buildings, residential buildings, schools, hospitals, and municipal facilities. These are just a few of the many assets you can own. If you own a greenhouse or ski hill, you also have an asset!

Who are the owners of elevating device assets?

The lift part suppliers is the property of the building manager or owner once it has been installed, tested, inspected and put into operation. The legal responsibilities of the building owner or strata manger in respect to elevator maintenance have an impact on public safety and legal liability.

As such, the strata manager or building owner must ensure that the elevating device is tested and maintained in accordance with the Safety Standards Act, the Elevating Devices Safety Regulation and any Technical Safety BC directives or safety orders.

The owner is responsible for maintaining and testing their elevator according to regulations. However, they must also have a maintenance agreement with a Technical safety BC-licensed contractor. To ensure that equipment conforms to all applicable codes and regulations, the licensed contractor acts for the owner.

An owner must immediately close an elevating device if there is any danger to the safety of the passengers. The elevating device cannot be used until a provincial safety officer inspects the device and allows it to reopen. Reporting all incidents to Technical Safety BC is also a legal responsibility.

To determine the optimal maintenance schedule , it is important to consider the elevator’s age, level of use, and environmental factors. The minimum maintenance period for elevating devices should be one per month.

The maintenance contractor must keep a log of all maintenance activities on-site at all times. It must be easy to read, legible, and signed by all those who are performing the task. At a minimum, the log should contain detailed records of all inspections and tests that were performed during the past five years.

Technical Safety BC issued a safety directive in July 2018. This was only applicable to moving walks and escalators. It also stated that the log book must record a daily check, which includes copies of the Escalator/Moving Walk start-up checklist, and should be completed daily by the same authorized personnel that performed the start up check. The safety order included a new directive that all driving machines brakes must be inspected, maintained, tested and inspectedeach calendar year. It also outlines the brake adjustment procedure and brake stopping distance. To view the complete safety order, click here.

Every elevating device should also include a legible wiring diagram that details electrical protective circuits as well as primary directional circuits. These diagrams should be kept in the control room or machine at all times.

Where can I get advice and stay informed?

Technical Safety BC issues safety instructions periodically to reduce personal injury and property damage. Safety orders are mandatory and enforceable. To stay up-to-date with regulatory changes, sign up for our news and updates on the website. You can also follow us on FB, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Your contractor for elevating devices is your best contact to get answers and are the first point of contact when you have questions. Safety is shared responsibility.

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