Safety Order: Driving machine brake-electric elevators



Reference number
SO-L1 110225 4

This safety order is being issued pursuant to section 31 of the Safety Standards Act. A person affected by this safety order may appeal this order, in writing, to the Safety Standards Appeal Board in accordance with Section 51 of the Safety Standards Act. It is an offence under section 72 not to comply with a safety order.

Part 1: Details of regulated work or regulated product

This safety order supersedes Safety Order No: SO - L10905073 and is issued to all Licensed Elevating Devices Contractors and Building Owners/Property Managers and applies to all DRIVING MACHINE BRAKES of all makes and models conforming to the B44 Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators. Please refer to Information Bulletin B-L4 110225 3 for a summary of the changes.

This safety order is effective immediately.

Part 2: Requirement(s) of this safety order

All Licensed Elevating Devices Contractors and Building Owners/Property Managers are jointly responsible for the requirements of this Safety Order. This Safety Order is to confirm that all Driving Machine Brake Maintenance Requirements conform to items 1 to 5.

  1. Examination and testing of brakes

    Every 12 months, all Licensed Elevating Devices Contractors that maintain elevators with driving machine brakes shall examine, maintain and inspect all driving machine brakes to meet the following requirements:
    a. Ensure adjustment to the torque shown on the data plate, where provided.
    b. The driving-machine brakes shall be dismantled and cleaned to ensure safe and proper operation, including, but not limited to, the following components.
        i) residual pads;
        ii) linings;
        iii) pins;
        iv) springs;
        v) sleeves; and
        vi) discs or drums

    c) Ensure full contact of the friction material on the braking surface. Means shall be provided to protect the braking surfaces from contamination caused by any driving machine fluid leak.
    d) The driving-machine brake shall be tested:
        i) to ensure proper operation after dismantling, cleaning, replacement of brake linings or any other component, or any change affecting the operation or adjustment of the brake.
       ii) to ensure that the car will decelerate from rated speed when power is removed from the driving machine and will brake while an empty car is travelling in the up direction at rated speed.

Note: It is recommended that means other than the disconnect switch be used to remove the power.

  1. Brake declarations

    A Brake Declaration (url: must be completely filled out, signed and reviewed after each examination and test. All Licensed Elevating Devices Contractors that maintain elevators with the type of equipment referred to in Part 1 of this safety order shall retain their Brake Declarations in a file at their local office available for auditing by the BCSA. The signature(s) on the declaration forms constitutes a legally binding representation that the work therein referred to complies to all applicable regulations, codes and standards.
  2. Spread-sheet

    Every February 25, all Licensed Elevating Devices Contractors must complete the electronic Driving Machine Brake Submission Form (url: ensuring the following information is provided:

    a) Licensed Elevating Devices Contractor Name
    b) Licensed Elevating Devices Contractor Address
    c) Licensed Elevating Devices Contractor contact person and contact information
    d) Notification spreadsheet confirming that all Driving Machine Brakes in their portfolio have been examined and tested as per the requirements of this Safety Order.
    The notification spreadsheet must include, in respect of each unit examined and tested by the Licensed Elevating Devices Contractor in the preceding year:
        i) BCSA Unit number
        ii) Building name
       iii) Building address
       iv) Date work was performed
        v) Reason if work not performed. Any reasons provided may be taken into account by the Provincial Safety Manager in consideration of enforcement actions against a Licensed Elevating Devices Contractor and/or Owner/Property Manager for failure to comply with this Safety Order.
  3. Maintenance mechanics
    All Licensed Elevating Devices Contractors covered by this Safety Order must adhere to B44-07 clause Maintenance Mechanics.
    Persons performing maintenance, including repair and replacement work, shall have training, be experienced and be qualified.
    NOTE: Maintenance mechanics should
    a) Understand the operational and safety functions of all components of the installation maintained in order to appreciate all safety hazards for maintenance personal and for the general public that might be created during any maintenance procedure
    b) Be able to reasonably assess compatibility of replacement components
    c) Be able to carry out the work required in this Section
  4. Logbooks
    Logbooks shall be updated accordingly.

Part 3: Details of issue (if applicable)

This safety order is to supersede Safety Order No: SO - L10905073 and is being issued to the following:
         - Licensed Elevating Devices Contractors.
         - Building Owners and Property Managers.

Part 4: Details of ordering Safety Manager or Safety Officer – please read following page

I certify that I am authorized to issue this safety order in accordance with section 15 (d) of the Safety Standards Act or that I have been delegated this power under section 15 (g) of the Safety Standards Act.



Janice Lee,

P. Eng Provincial Elevating Safety Manager




Safety Standards Act