Information Bulletin: Hydraulic elevators with single bottom cylinders

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B-L4 101214 1

This Information Bulletin is in regards to Safety Order SO-L1 101214 1, Hydraulic Elevators with single bottom cylinders. This list has been compiled to assist in determining whether a given elevator employs a single bottom cylinder and provides a list of units that are likely to be affected based on age and historical design information to the extent this information is available.

This list is not exhaustive. Check with your elevator maintenance contractor and the original manufacturer of the equipment on your property to assist you in determining what type of equipment you have.

The building owner or property manager must complete a Safety Order Compliance Plan before February 1, 2013.

After the elevator has been retrofited, the building owner or property manager must then advise the BC Safety Authority of their compliance by completing a Safety Order Compliance Notification before October 8, 2015.

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Attention: Building Owners and Property Managers

Recent changes to Provincial regulations adopted the most current version of the CSA B44-2007 Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators (the “Code”), which requires modification of existing single bottom cylinder elevators by October 8, 2015. Safety Order SO-L1 101214 1 was issued to all Building Owners, Property Managers and BCSA licensed elevating devices contractors and is intended to promote the orderly and efficient compliance of owners and contractors with the Code requirements.

To assist in determining whether a given elevator employs a single bottom cylinder, the Safety Authority has compiled a list of units that are likely to be affected by the Safety Order based on age and historical design information to the extent this information is available.

This list is not exhaustive as the applicable records are several decades old and in many cases are incomplete. Inclusion on this list does not guarantee that an elevator is subject to the Safety Order, nor does exclusion from the list guarantee that an elevator is not subject to the Safety Order. The list is intended only to provide some assistance to recipients of the Safety Order as it may be difficult to determine whether a given elevator employs a single bottom cylinder from normal inspection.

The list is attached and units are listed by the unit registration number which is specified on the BCSA issued annual operating permit. Check with your elevator maintenance contractor and the original manufacturer of the equipment on your property to assist you in determining what type of equipment you have.

 

 

Janice Lee, P.Eng.

Provincial Safety Manager, Elevating Devices

 

 

References:

Bill 19 – 2003                Safety Standards Act

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