Electrical Work In Elevators and Elevator Shafts

On December 16th, 2014 the Elevating Devices Safety Regulation was amended to establish a new certification program for elevator mechanics. These changes affect electrical contractors who work in and around elevating devices such as elevators, escalators and moving walks. The new regulations also specify when permits are required and who is responsible for obtaining them. Key changes that affect electrical contractors include:

  1. Access to elevator hoistways or elevator pits: Regulated electrical work, such as installation or servicing of lighting, power, or fire alarm devices, completed within the elevator hoistway or elevator pit can only be performed when access is provided by a licensed elevating contractor. This work must be performed under the direct supervision of a licensed elevating device contractor, and must be done under an electrical installation permit or electrical operating permit unless it is electrical work that is specifically authorized under an elevator installation permit.
     
  2. Installation or alteration of electrical equipment inside an elevator cab: Regulated electrical work to install a communication system or security system designed to restrict access to an elevating device (e.g., card or fob readers), or display screen or security camera within the elevator cab can only be performed if the electrical work is supervised by a licensed elevating contractor. This work must be done under an electrical installation permit unless it is specifically authorized under an elevator installation permit.
  3. Routine maintenance inside an elevator cab: Maintenance of a telecommunication system, display screen or security system within an elevator cab can be completed without a licensed elevating device contractor present if the electrical work only involves replacement of existing devices with electrical equipment of a similar type and rating. This work must be done under an operating permit. (Note: Regulated work within the elevator cab meeting the conditions defined under section 18 of the Electrical Safety Regulations does not require an electrical permit.)

Electrical contractors and workers must not, under any circumstances, access a hoistway or the top of an elevator car without access and supervision being provided by licensed elevating device contractors.

It is the responsibility of any licensed electrical contractor working in accordance with the above to ensure that appropriate, valid permits are in place prior to proceeding with any regulated electrical work.

Updates and further information about changes to the Elevating Devices Safety Regulation will be published on the BC Safety Authority website over the coming weeks.

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