Directive: Major and minor alterations
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This directive is being issued by a provincial safety manager pursuant to section 30 of the Safety Standards Act (“the Act”).
Major and minor alteration requirements
This directive is issued to all licensed elevating device contractors to clarify the requirements prior to an alteration of an existing elevating device in accordance with ASME 17.1-2016/CSA B44-16 – Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators.
Note: Only where sufficient proof is provided and express permission has been granted by the safety manager may an alteration comply with the 2007 edition of the code until October 31, 2020, as per Ministerial Order M259-2019 that refers to the new section 17(2)b) of the Elevating Devices Safety Regulation (“EDSR”).
The requirements for the submission and filing of technical information documents for major and minor alterations of an existing elevating device are as follows:
Submission and filing of technical information documents
As per section 25(1) of the Elevating Devices Safety Regulation (EDSR), before a major or minor alteration of an existing elevating device may begin, a technical information package for the elevating device must be submitted to, and filed with, a provincial safety manager in the required form.
Note: As per section 12(2) of the Safety Standards General Regulation, in an emergency or if required to perform regulated work when the permit issuing office is closed, a person is not required to obtain a permit before performing regulated work if the person:
- is authorized under the Act to perform the regulated work, and
- applies for a permit from the regulatory authority on the first business day following the emergency or the next day that the permit issuing office is open.
- The technical information package submitted under section 25(1) of the EDSR must, as per subsection (3) include the seal of a BC professional engineer approving the design drawings and specifications for a major alteration to an existing elevating device, and the professional engineer must verify the accuracy of the contents of the technical information package, and
- As per the requirements of 12(2) of the EDSR a licensed elevating device contractor or mechanic must submit to a safety manager a signed declaration that the regulated work complies with the Safety Standards Act, and request a safety officer to conduct an acceptance inspection prior to the elevating device being returned to service.
- As per the requirements of Ministerial Order M259-2019 that refers to the new section 12(3)(a) and (b) of the EDSR, within 30 days upon completion of the minor alteration a licensed elevating device contractor must submit to a safety manager a signed declaration that the regulated work complies with all requirements under the Act and regulations and, within 60 days of returning the device back to service, request a safety officer to conduct an acceptance inspection if the scope of the minor alteration is deemed to require an inspection.
A “list of alterations” has been included as an appendix that provides details as to when an alteration is considered either a major or minor alteration and when an acceptance inspection is required. The list referenced, is based on the requirements found in section 8.7 of the ASME A17.1-2016/CSA B44-2016 code and was consulted upon with industry representatives.
Provincial Safety Manager - Transportation