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New Elevator Codes Coming

Installations of elevators and other conveyance equipment on or after 1 May 2009 must meet the 2007 Safety Codes for Elevators and Escalators, published by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

These codes cover matters such as operation, inspection and repair.

The Planning Department's Chief Building Control Officer Emerson Piercy confirms that the adopted ASME codes will apply to conveyance equipment including elevators, escalators, moving walks, dumbwaiters, and material lifts.

Mr Piercy also reminded persons in the elevator industry that all conveyance equipment installed or altered prior to 1 May 2009 is expected, at the time of any inspection, to be in compliance with the code published by ASME at the time of original installation or alteration. This includes any special variance allowances or conditions required for the installation.

"In instances where compliance with these requirements is not feasible, the department will evaluate the situation on a case-by-case basis, and apply the code that is best suited to the circumstances," Mr Piercy said.

The new stipulations were reviewed during an 11 February Planning Department meeting with representatives from the Cayman Islands elevator industry. At that meeting the adoption of modern elevator codes; certificates of operation; and the permitting and inspection process were discussed.

In addition to the ASME requirements, the department's Building Control Unit is working with property owners and contractors to establish a date for implementing ASME's safety code for existing elevators.

Industry representatives and building owners who have questions may call Elevator Inspector Gerald Mazur on 769-1571 or 526-1571.

Sidebar: Specifics for Industry and Building Owners

As of Friday, 1 May 2009, new installations of conveyance equipment shall comply with the ASME A17.1 - 2007 Safety Codes for Elevators and Escalators.

All conveyance equipment installed or altered prior to 1 May 2009 shall comply with the ASME A17.1 Safety Codes for Elevators and Escalators published and approved by ASME at the time of original installation and/or alteration. This includes any special variance allowances or conditions required for the installation.

Proof of the applicable code for the installation may be verified or substantiated by original building plans or data plates, as installed by the original manufacture of equipment.

Approved metal code-data plates must be posted, in the machine room or control space on either the mainline disconnect or the elevator controller, for the original elevator installation, including all alterations as required by ASME A17.1a-2005 section 8.6.1.5.

Source: Building Control Unit

For further information contact: Kenisha Morgan