Maintenance Control Programs of Elevating Devices
To continue supporting the elevating industry and the public around the safety of elevating devices, BC has adopted the 2016 version of the CSA B44 elevators and escalators safety code. The new code will come into effect on April 30, 2020.
The maintenance requirements contained in B44-16 improve current regulatory standards in the form of Maintenance Control Programs (MCPs). MCPs are a new requirement that mandates the development and implementation of a documented set of maintenance tasks, procedures, examinations and tests for each elevating device in the province. An MCP is designed for each unit to prevent elevator failure, maximize reliability, reduce risk, and improve public safety.
Developing the MCP
An elevator’s owner is responsible for ensuring an MCP is in place. However, only a licensed elevator contractor has the knowledge to develop an MCP. It is standard practice for owners to contract licensed elevator companies to conduct the specific requirements of the MCP on their behalf.
Several elevator companies and industry associations have developed generic MCP documents that incorporate all standard maintenance procedures. These MCP documents may need to be further customized to each individual elevating device before they are implemented by the maintenance contractor.
The majority of BC’s licensed elevator companies have done significant MCP development work already. Although not adopted in BC until now, this requirement has been in previous versions of B44 since 2010, and has already been adopted in other Canadian provinces.
Elevator site survey
To develop the MCP, licensed contractors should conduct a site survey for each elevating unit.
Technical Safety BC has compiled MCP implementation data from other jurisdictions and found that applying generic MCPs without a full understanding of the elevator is not a best practice. The site survey is required to ensure elevator components, original elevator manufacturer requirements, unique testing procedures and other relevant functionalities are considered when developing the MCP.
In most cases, elevator companies have strong knowledge of the equipment they maintain and keep good records of elevator specifications.
The registration of each MCP with Technical Safety BC is a regulatory requirement. Registration enables asset owners to confirm that their elevators are in compliance by the required date. Registration also enables better safety oversight by Technical Safety BC, and allows us to intervene if anomalies are detected in the MCP.
For MCP registration, maintenance contractors should submit a completed MCP data worksheet after conducting the site survey(s). MCP data worksheets have been directly emailed to contractors, and should be submitted through their online accounts by April 30, 2020.
The elevator site survey requirements provided in the MCP data worksheet are not an exhaustive list. The actual site survey conducted by the maintenance contractor is expected to be more detailed.
To help contractors complete the MCP data worksheet, Technical Safety BC has provided elevator data from our design registration database where available. Contractors can save time by having this information available, and also update the data towards final submission of the MCP data worksheet. This up-to-date information will be made available to asset owners and contractors through their online accounts after review.
Developing an MCP might create additional costs for maintenance contractors and asset owners. These costs depend on the contractual arrangement between contractors and owners, and are not determined by Technical Safety BC.
An MCP must be in place for each elevating unit starting April 30, 2020, and no later than September 30, 2021.
Licensed contractors are required to provide an MCP Transition Plan to Technical Safety BC by April 30, 2020. This plan should describe how they intend to onboard their portfolio of units into an MCP model. Read more about the new regulatory requirements and deadlines for implementation.