Technical Safety BC proposes changes to Elevating Devices Safety Regulation

In 2017, Technical Safety BC undertook in-depth consultation on proposed changes to the Elevating Devices Safety Regulation (EDSR). Public consultation closed on December 1, 2017 and the resulting recommendations will be presented to the province in the form of a Request for Amendment (RFA) to the regulations.

The proposed changes include the adoption of the 2016 edition of the Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators (ASME A17.1-2016/CSA B44-16). Some of the main facets of this new code version include:

  • maintenance control programs (MCPs) for each elevating device;
  • introduction of new testing requirements for annual testing of brakes (Category 1 tests);
  • five-year testing of brakes (Category 5 tests); and
  • testing for escalators (Escalator Category tests).

The changes recommended for adoption also introduce a clear definition of "supervision" and make amendments to clarify when direct or general supervision is required for mechanics-in-training.

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