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Top 5 Changes in Elevator Safety Act

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The Elevator Safety and Regulation Act (225 ILCS 312) was established in January 2003 to provide public safety to riders of conveyances. Its implementation happened in May 2007. Prior to the Act, each local Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) enforced public safety through their adopted building code. In many areas of the State, no enforcement occurred. The Act requires Statewide compliance regardless of the local AHJ enforcement or non-enforcement. The local AHJ, per the Act, is still able to continue and implement their individual conveyance inspection program as long as the program is as stringent as the State Program and an Agreement is signed with the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM). The Act has undergone several editions since 2007. The following spotlights some of the major changes:

CHANGE #1: ASME A17.3 REQUIREMENT REDUCTION AND TIMELINE OF UPGRADE REQUIREMENT
Public Act 096-0054 July 23, 2009
Original legislation adopted ASME 17.3 in its entirety with completion due by January 1, 2009. This timeline only provided building owners 18 months to complete, as applicable, all twenty requirements within this code book. Besides the tight timeline, building owners were not notified of the mandated requirements prior to properly financially plan for its completion. This caught the ear of a few legislators who then looked into the matter more deeply. As a result, in 2009, legislation was revised to expand the timeline deadline, to allow for financial planning as well as reducing the original twenty requirements to only seven requirements. A condition to this revision was that Category testing shall be conducted per ASTM A17.3 to ensure the integrity of the equipment was maintained, code compliant and would not jeopardize public safety. The following are the seven requirements with their deadline.

January 1, 2015 Requirement:
1. car illumination;
2. emergency operation and signaling devices;
3. phase reversal and failure protection;
4. reopening device for power operated doors or gates
5. stop switch pits; and
6. pit ladder installation in accordance with Section 2.2.4.2 of ASME A17.1-2007

January 1, 2014 Requirement:
7. restricted opening of hoistway doors or car doors on passenger elevators

CHANGE #2: PLACES OF WORSHIP REQUIREMENT (2011)
Public Act 097-0310 August 11, 2011
Places of worship had expressed concern on the law’s requirements and the required upgrades, which would cause a financial burden to their members. While still concerned about safety, they requested discussion on the minimal acceptable requirements applicable to their places of worship. As discussion arose on the matter, it was determined most places of worship in the State do not have “traditional size elevators” but rather have vertical lifts of many flavors. With this type of equipment, many of the Act’s requirements would not be applicable. For the places of worship which housed a “traditional size elevator”, conditions were written into the Act lessening the inspection and certificate issuance cycle, while retaining maintenance and testing requirements.

CHANGE #3: STATE INSPECTION FORM
Public Act 099-0022 July 10, 2015
The Act did not clearly specify the use of the elevator required inspection form created by the State. Therefore, there was confusion amongst many as to which form should be used. In addition, the original elevator inspection form did not include components related to an accessibility lift. Thus, a lift inspection form was created by a committee. To provide consistency throughout the State the OSFM mandated all licensed inspection companies inspectors shall use the State adopted inspection forms.

CHANGE #4: INJURY REPORTING (2015)
Public Act 099-0022 July 10, 2015
The Act captured the following: An injury caused by the malfunction of a conveyance shall be reported to the Administrator by the property owner, the lessee, or the party otherwise responsible for the premises where the conveyance is located and the injury occurred. The injury shall be reported within 2 business days of its occurrence and may be reported either in writing or electronically.

CHANGE #5: ELEVATOR SAFETY BOARD RESPONSIBILITY SHIFT (2015)
Public Act 099-0022 July 10, 2015
Original legislation created the Elevator Safety Board (Board) under former Governor Rod Blagojevich. As the development of the Board came about, it was becoming more evident that the Board was not representing all the vested parties who would be greatly impacted by the Elevator Safety Act. Therefore, the Board expanded from a handful of handpicked members by the former Governor to the current 17 Board positions, which now represent and provide knowledge and vested interest balance for the riding public.

As originally written in the Act, responsibilities of the Board included the issuance of inspector and con tractor licenses. Upon review, it was determined that these responsibilities fall under the Act’s Administrator (OSFM), rather than the Board.

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