Assessments: Elevating Devices
Elevating devices assessments at Technical Safety BC
Technical Safety BC performs remote and physical inspections on elevating device installations, existing elevating devices, and major alterations to elevating devices. If you have a new installation or if you’ve made a major alteration to an existing elevating device, you must request an assessment before putting it into service. Elevating device contractors can request an assessment.
UPDATE: in March 2020, we halted all physical assessments due to COVID-19. Now, we’re beginning to offer physical assessments through a phased approach:
- On October 26, 2020, you will be able to request a physical assessment for a final acceptance assessment
- Remote assessments during this phase will continue for Construction Use Section 5, Initial, and Extension assessments
- By mid to late November 2020, you will also be able to request a physical assessment for a follow-up final acceptance assessment, for elevating devices that had previously undergone a final assessment remotely
Remote assessments will continue to be an option for you, regardless of phase.
Note that phases may be adjusted if conditions in the province change.
To request an assessment, please have your contractor complete our Request for Acceptance Inspection form and submit it to your local safety officer along with any relevant documents. The safety officer will review the information and confirm the date of the assessment (inspection). See the assessment booking procedures for details on any required submissions before your assessment, cancellation/overtime requests, and more.
Please provide the following, three business days before your inspection date:
- General Contractor's Escalator & Moving Walk Pre-Inspection Checklist Form 1108, or General Contractor’s Passenger and Freight Elevator Pre-inspection Checklist Form 1222;
- FEO & Emergency Power Elevating Device Declaration Form 1718; and
- Examination & Testing of Elevating Device Declaration Form 1717.
Failure to submit the forms or submitting incomplete forms may result in the inspection being failed.
For all minor alterations, an Examination & Testing of Elevating Device Declaration FRM-1717 must be submitted to the safety officer within 30 days of completion of the work. A request for inspection must also be made and confirmed with the safety officer within 60 days of returning the device to service.
On the day of your inspection:
- Provide a completed data sheet checklist to the safety officer at the start of the inspection. Choose the checklist applicable to you. This checklist must be completed prior to the inspection. Incomplete checklists will constitute a failed inspection. Data sheets include:
- Ensure that all the testing equipment used to demonstrate compliance during the acceptance test are available on-site.
To have your assessment performed remotely, submit the completed Request for Variance - Deferred Inspection Form or Request for Variance - Deferred Inspection (Construction Hoist/ Man Lift) Form to our elevating team. You will not be charged a variance fee.
Once the variance is accepted, you will be assigned a safety officer to review your assessment, and from there you can start the following remote assessment process.
- Complete the applicable checklist(s):
- Complete the declaration form, which confirms the installation was completed in accordance with the Act, Regulations, and applicable codes and standards. The form must be completed by the mechanic that performed and verified the work as being compliant.
- Take pictures or videos as applicable of the following elevating device installation features. These pictures or video will be accepted as additional evidence confirming work was performed in compliance with the Act, Regulations, and applicable codes and standards:
- Working pressure
- Relief pressure
- Seal on relief valve
- Car bottom runby measurement
- Counterweight runby measurement
- Seal on overspeed valve, as applicable
- Elevator cab level at a landing with 125% of full load
- Measurement of unintended movement
- Video of governor tripping speed utilizing a tachometer, where practical
- Seal on governor
- Car safety slide measurement
- Measurement of top of car runby and refuge space
- Gather all documentation, photos, and/or videos mentioned in steps 1-3, and submit them via email to the safety officer assigned to your assessment.
- The safety officer will then review all files and may contact the mechanic/adjuster to obtain additional information pertaining to the assessment. If all conditions are satisfied, a certificate of inspection (COI) will be issued with terms and conditions.
- A timeframe will be set from the issuance date of your COI for the elevating devices contractor to request a physical acceptance inspection. When the time for the physical acceptance inspection comes, the elevating contractor must ensure the certified elevating device mechanic and the necessary tools or equipment required for the purpose of performing tests relevant to the acceptance inspection are present and ready.
- The follow-up in-person acceptance assessment will not require weights. However, if the safety officer identifies issues that indicate load tests were not completed in a satisfactory manner, the contractor may be asked to perform load testing and weights will be required.
Fees for remote assessments
Remote assessment requests will continue to be processed as per the current procedure, and upon completion and receipt of the certificate of inspection clients will be invoiced according to the Elevating Fee Schedule. For more information about remote assessments, contact our elevating team.
If you would like to apply for exemption or a variance from the safety code requirements, submit the completed Request for Variance - Elevating Form 1007. Variances may take up to three weeks for review, depending on the complexity.
Non-compliances are code violations that must be corrected within the timeline indicated on the Certificate of Inspection (COI). In some cases, an extension may be issued by the safety officer. Learn more about the process to resolve non-compliances and the impacts of failing to correct non-compliances in this directive.
Failure to resolve the non-compliance will result in a new inspection fee or other enforcement actions. We may also decide to take the elevating device out of service.
Important: If you’re making a declaration required by regulation or the Safety Standards Act, you must physically inspect the work before making the declaration and certifying its compliance.
2020 Inspection Fees
Safety Services Hourly Rates (excludes GST):
- Weekdays (8am to 4:30pm) - $168/hr
- Physical inspections, minimum 1 hour
- Remote inspections, minimum 30 mins; charged at 30 minute increments
- Overtime - $254/hr
- Weekends & Holidays - $337/hr
Frequently asked questions due to COVID-19
If you own, operate, or maintain elevating devices, you are obligated to continue to meet all regulatory requirements for public safety. This includes capacity for enough personnel to maintain compliance to the Act, Regulation, code, and equipment manufacturers’ operations and maintenance requirements. If you are unable to meet the regulatory requirements or if product availability becomes an issue, you may request a variation to a code, standard, regulation, and act by completing the variance form. If you have any questions or concerns, please email our elevating team.
We are also sharing some online tools that can be used to help develop and refine your business continuity plan:
If you have already established business continuity protocols or identified different levels of service to provide, we invite you to share your plan with us. In the interest of industry and safety, we welcome the opportunity to provide feedback, please reach out to us.
Some buildings now have a “no visitor policy” or are temporarily closed to comply with COVID-19 prevention protocol mandated by provincial health authorities. It’s understandable that elevator personnel won’t be able to perform periodic maintenance and may only respond to emergencies and entrapments. We recommend that elevating contractors evaluate these sites, then contact the building owners to determine how maintenance can be done safely, reducing risk to both maintenance personnel and those living in the building.
Yes, elevators may be temporarily removed from service and no maintenance will need to be performed, provided the elevator is not required to maintain public safety, or for emergency services, or mobility requirements.
The requirements of the shut-down safety order does not apply. This means you will not have to have a safety officer apply a seal or have the elevator inspected when it’s returned to service, provided that the elevator has not been out-of-service for more than six months.
When temporarily removing elevators from service, contractors must seal the disconnect and submit evidence to a Technical Safety BC safety officer for the area. Evidence should include a picture of the LOTO, and the unit details including Government ID (unit) number and address. A record of the temporary status must also be noted in the logbook. Prior to returning the elevator to service, all outstanding maintenance or testing requirements must be performed.
The installation of handrail sanitizing equipment is considered a minor alteration as referenced in the Elevating Devices Safety Regulation and the ASME A17.1/ CSA B44 code.
As required by the Elevating Devices Safety Regulation, an installation permit and technical information package shall be submitted to Technical Safety BC prior to the installation of the handrail sanitizing equipment. For more guidance installing handrail sanitization products on their escalator and/or moving walk, please review the Use of escalator or moving walk handrail sanitizing products information bulletin.