8 AAC 77.005 - Elevator safety standards code

Current through April 6, 2022

The minimum elevator safety standards applicable to elevators, escalators, and similar devices in the state are set out in the following editions of safety codes for elevators, escalators, platform lifts, and stairway chairlifts, published by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and are adopted by reference:

(1) the Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators, 2016 edition (ASME A17.1- 2016).
(A) with the following revisions:
(i) Section 2.2.2.3 is amended by replacing the existing language to read:

2.2.2.3. For pits subject to the periodic accumulation of ground water, a permanent drain or sump pump shall be installed. For pits not subject to the periodic accumulation of ground water, as determined by the authority having jurisdiction, the permanent installation of a drain or sump pump is not required, unless required by section2.2.2.5.";

(ii) Section2.2.2.5 is revised by replacing the existing language to read:

"2.2.2.5. Elevators serving four or more stories above or four or more stories below the level of fire department vehicle access and elevators located in structures with an I-2 occupancy classification shall be provided with a gravity drain or sump pump. The level of fire department vehicle access shall be considered the first story. The drain or sump pump shall have the capacity to remove a minimum of 50 gallons per minute per common elevator hoistway or pit. This provision does not apply to existing elevator hoistways. ";

(iii) Section 2.2.2 is revised by adding the following new sections to read:

"2.2.2.7. Sump pumps serving elevators required to be powered by a standby or emergency generator shall also be powered by the standby or emergency generator.

"2.2.2.8. Discharge shall go into the building sanitary drainage system or to an approved location on the exterior of the building.

"2.2.2.9. Discharging into the building sanitary drainage system shall be through an air gap or air break into an approved indirect waste receptor. The indirect waste receptor shall be of such shape and capacity to control splashing or flooding and shall be located where readily accessible for inspection. The sanitary drainage system must be sized in accordance with the plumbing code to accommodate the rate of flow.

"2.2.2.10. When discharging to the exterior of the building, the discharge point shall be permanently labeled "ELEVATOR PIT DISCHARGE'' in letters a minimum of one-half inch in height. Discharge resulting from periodic ground water accumulation shall not !low over a walking surface and shall not create a nuisance or hazard. Discharge resulting from fire suppression shall not create a hazard.

"2.2.2.11. When a sump pump is utilized, a disconnect serving the sump pump circuit shall be installed in the elevator machine room in compliance with Article 620, Section VI (branch circuits for other utilization equipment: disconnecting means and control) of the National Electrical Code, adopted by reference in 8 AAC 70.025(a).";

(iv) Section 2.2.4.4 is revised by adding new language at the end of the existing language to read:

"However, access to pits may be extended to authorized personnel with training in safe access to the pit area.";

(v) Section 8.6.1.1.2 is revised by adding·'; and'' after subparagraph (c), and by adding the following language:
"(d) Manufacturer's design and intended function of components and systems.":
(vi) Section 8.6.1.2. l (a) is revised by replacing the existing language to read:
"(a) A Maintenance Control Program for each unit (See 8.6.1.1.1) shall be provided and shall be viewable on-site by elevator personnel at all times from the time of acceptance inspection and test until such time that device is placed out of service (See 8.10.1.5)
(vii) Section 8.6.1.7.2 is revised by replacing the existing language to read:

"8.6.1.7.2 Periodic Test Forms. All required periodic tests shall be documented on a test form provided by the department. The form shall be filled out completely and accurately and shall be kept as a permanent part of the maintenance records for the device.'';

(viii) Section 8.6.11.1 is revised by replacing the existing language to read:

"8.6.11.1 Firefighters' Emergency Operation. All elevators provided with firefighters' emergency operation shall be subjected to testing by authorized or elevator personnel at least once every three months. As part of testing, the elevator shall be subjected to Phase I recall by use of the key switch, and a minimum of one-floor operation on Phase II. A record of test findings shall be kept as part of the maintenance records. Any deficiency discovered shall be noted as a violation on an inspection report provided by the department. The violation must be remedied in accordance with 8 AAC 77.110.";

(ix) Section 8.11.1.1.2 is revised by replacing existing subparagraphs (a) and (b) to read:
''(a) Periodic tests shall be witnessed by an inspector employed by the authority having jurisdiction, or by persons authorized by the authority having jurisdiction.
"(b) The owner or the owner's authorized agent shall have all of the tests required by section 8.11 made by elevator personnel trained to perform those services, and have those persons record all applicable data on a form provided by the department.";
(x) Section 8.11.1.2 is revised by changing ''applicable Code requirements"' to "applicable requirements", and by adding the following language:
"(d) the manufacturer's design and intended function of components and systems.'';
(xi) Section 8.11 .1.3 is revised by adding the following language:
"(a) Periodic inspections of all devices subject to compliance with this code shall be inspected in accordance with 8 AAC 77.025.
"(b) Periodic category I testing. as described in Nonmandatory Appendix N, shall be accomplished at an interval not to exceed 12 months.
"(c) Periodic category 3 testing, as described in Nonmandatory Appendix N, shall be accomplished at an interval not to exceed 36 months.
"(d) Periodic category 5 testing, as described in Nonmandatory Appendix N, shall be accomplished at an interval not to exceed 60 months.";
(B) except that the following sections are not adopted as part of the minimum safety standards applicable to elevators, escalators, and similar devices in the state:
(i) Section 4.3 (hand elevators);
(ii) Section 5.3 (private residence elevators);
(iii) Section 5.4 (private residence inclined elevators):
(iv) Section 5.8 (marine elevators);
(v) Section 5.9 (mine elevators);
(vi) Section 5.11 (wind turbine tower elevators);
(vii) Section 7.4 (material lifts without automatic transfer devices);
(viii) Section 7.5 (electric material lifts without automatic transfer devices);
(ix) Section 7.6 (hydraulic material lifts without automatic transfer devices);
(x) Section 7.9 (electric material lifts with automatic transfer devices);
(xi) Section 7.10 (hydraulic material lifts with automatic transfer devices);
(xii) Section 7.11 (material lifts with obscured transfer devices);
(xiii) Section 8.6.6.3 (general requirements: maintenance and testing; hand elevators);
(xiv) Section 8.6.7.3 (general requirements; maintenance and testing; private residence elevators);
(xv) Section 8.6.7.4 (general requirements; maintenance and testing; private residence inclined elevators);
(xvi) Section 8.6.7.8 (general requirements; maintenance and testing; shipboard elevators);
(xvii) Section 8.6.7.9 (general requirements; maintenance and testing; mine elevators);
(xviii) Section 8.6.7.11 (general requirements, maintenance and testing; wind turbine tower elevators);
(xix) Section 8.7.4.3 (general requirements; alterations; hand elevators);
(xx) Section 8.7.5.3 (general requirements; alterations; private residence elevators);
(xxi) Section 8.7.5.4 (general requirements; alterations; private residence inclined elevators);
(xxii) Section 8.7.5.8 (general requirements; alterations; shipboard elevators);
(xxiii) Section 8.7.5.9 (general requirements; alterations; mine elevators);
(xxiv) Section 8.10.5.2 (acceptance inspection and tests of other equipment; private residence elevators);
(xxv) Section 8.10.5.3 (acceptance inspection and tests of other equipment; hand elevators);
(xxvi) Section 8.10.5.8 (acceptance inspection and tests of other equipment: shipboard elevators):
(xxvii) Section 8.10.5.14 (acceptance inspection and tests of other equipment; wind turbine tower elevators);
(xxviii) Section 8.11.5.2 (periodic inspection and witnessing of tests; private residence elevators);
(xxix) Section 8.11.5.3 (periodic inspection and witnessing of tests; hand elevators);
(xxx) Section 8.11.5.8 (periodic inspection and witnessing of tests: shipboard elevators);
(xxxi) Section 8.11.5.14 (periodic inspection and witnessing of tests; wind turbine tower elevators).
(2) the Safety Code for Existing Elevators and Escalators, 2011 edition (ASME A17.3-2011); the Safety Code for Existing Elevators and Escalators
(A) applies to an alteration, as that term is defined in Section 1.4 (definitions); and
(B) does not apply to maintenance, repair, or replacement, as those terms are defined in Section 1.4 (definitions);
(3) the Safety Standard for Platform Lifts and Stairway Chairlifts, 2017 edition (ASME A18.1-2017),
(A) with the following revisions:
(i) Section 10.1.2.1 is revised by replacing the existing language to read:

"Periodic inspections and tests shall be witnessed by an inspector employed by the authority having jurisdiction or by persons authorized by the authority having jurisdiction.";

(ii) Section 10.1.2.2 is revised by replacing the existing language to read:

"The owner or the owner's authorized agent shall have all of the tests required by Section 10.3 made by a person qualified to perform that service. The periodic tests shall be documented on a test form provided by the department. The form shall be filled out completely and accurately and shall be kept with the maintenance and service records on site and available to maintenance and inspection personnel. Signs shall be provided on the platform or on an external panel at the bottom of the tower where the maintenance, service, and test forms are available.";

(iii) Section 10.2.1 is revised by replacing the existing language to read:

" 10.2.1 Inspection and Test Periods. The routine inspections and tests of vertical platform lifts, inclined platform lifts, and inclined stairway chairlifts will be conducted in accordance with 8 AAC 77.025(a).";

(B) except that the following sections are not adopted as part of the minimum safety standards applicable to platform lifts and stairway chairlifts in the state:
(i) Section 4 (inclined stairway chairlifts);
(ii) Section 5 (private residence vertical platform lifts);
(iii) Section 6 (private residence inclined platform lifts);
(iv) Section 7 (private residence inclined stairway chairlifts).
(4) the Guide for Inspection of Elevators, Escalators, and Moving Walks, 2017 edition (ASME A18.1-2017);
(5) the Standard for Elevator Suspension, Compensation, and Governor Systems, (2017 edition (ASME A18.1-2017);
(6) the Performance-Based Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators, 2007 edition (ASME A17.7-2007).

Notes

8 AAC 77.005
Eff. 10/21/79, Register 72; am 10/21/92, Register 124; am 12/17/99, Register 152; am 9/25/2002, Register 163; am 6/14/2006, Register 178; am 2/23/2011, Register 197; am 10/16/2012, Register 204; am 10/23/2014, Register 212, January 2015; am 3/6/2016, Register 217, April 2016; am 4/24/2020, Register 234, April 2020

Authority:AS 18.60.800

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