Information Bulletin: Driving machine brake-electric elevators



Reference number
B-L4 110225 3

This Information Bulletin is a summary of the changes to Driving Machine Brakes-Electric Elevators.

Reference to other Driving Machine Brake - Electric Elevators Safety Order:
Safety Order SO- L1 110225 4

Attention: Building Owners, Property Managers and Licensed Elevating Devices Contractors

The British Columbia Safety Authority (the “BSCA”) have found situations in which the Driving Machine Brakes on electric elevators have not undergone proper brake maintenance.

The Code requires inspections, examinations, and tests, at required or scheduled intervals, of all parts and functions of an installation in order to ensure that the installation is in a safe operating condition.

Intervals for brake inspections, examinations, and tests were permitted to be set by the Licensed Elevating Devices Contractor if they were the original manufacturer or based on a professional engineer’s recommendation. If the original manufacturer’s or professional engineer’s recommendations are not available (i.e. the maintenance contractor is not the original manufacturer or do not have legal access to the recommendations) then the interval becomes every 12 months.

However, due to findings from inspections and incident investigations, the BCSA issued Safety Order SO-L1 090507 3 in May 2009 to all Licensed Elevating Devices Contractors which outlined their responsibilities to perform proper brake examinations and tests on a yearly basis.

After consultation with Industry and through findings from brake audits, Safety Order SO- L1 110225 4 (the “Safety Order”) was issued to supersede Safety Order SO-L1 090507 3 to clarify the following:

  1. The Driving Machine Brake must be dismantled on an annual basis.
  2. The Safety Order was issued to both Licensed Elevating Devices Contractors and Owners/Property Managers as it is a shared responsibility to ensure that brakes are examined and tested as per requirements.
    1. As an Owner/Property Manager, it is your responsibility to make sure that Brakes are examined and tested on a yearly basis by a Licensed Elevating Devices Contractor.
    2. As a Licensed Elevating Devices Contractor, it is your responsibility to ensure that Owner/Property Managers are made aware if brake examination and testing are not part of the contract. It is also the responsibility of the Licensed Elevating Devices Contractor to update the logbook to indicate that the work has been performed.
    3. The Licensed Elevating Devices Contractor and Owner/Property Managers are both responsible for shutting down an elevating device in an unsafe operating condition and for immediately notifying the BCSA.
  1. The Brake Declaration form and the process for notifying the BCSA that the Safety Order has been complied with have been revised.

For further details, please refer to the Safety Order.



Janice Lee, P. Eng.

Provincial Safety Manager, Elevating Devices




Bill 19 – 2003                Safety Standards Act

B.C. Reg. 100/2004       Electrical Safety Regulation

B.C. Reg. 101/2004       Elevating Devices Safety Regulation

B.C. Reg. 103/2004       Gas Safety Regulation

B.C. Reg. 104/2004       Power Engineers, Boiler, Pressure Vessel & Refrigeration Safety Regulation

B.C. Reg. 105/2004       Safety Standards General Regulation

B.C. Reg. 137/2004       Safety Standards Act Repeal and Transitional Provisions Regulations