Update on elevator maintenance
Over the past year, there have been several changes in testing requirements for elevators. The changes are technical and there are different requirements and compliance dates depending on what kind of elevator you have.
The best contact to help you understand the new requirements is your elevator service provider. Their company will be aware of the changes and understand which ones apply to you. To help guide you through the discussion, here are a few facts about the requirements.
The new requirements starting April 2014 are for a full load brake test.
- Housing providers have to do this test on the 5th anniversary of their last 5-year test. That can be recorded in the log books as any combination of “5-year test,” “governor pull through test,” “oil buffer plunger return test,” “J2.3.2”, “J2.3.3”, and/ or “J2.7.1.”
- The higher cost is due to the staffing required to load and unload the weights.
- The expense is only this large the first time. A baseline can be established with the weights and any major company can install a device to measure from that baseline without weights in the future.
- This applies only to traction elevators (using rope) which are more likely to be located in taller buildings. Smaller buildings usually have hydraulic elevators.
- The Technical Standards & Safety Authority (TSSA) doesn’t anticipate that there will be a lot of damage caused by these tests although they have issued a disclaimer because there is a chance of damage.
Other important changes:
April 2014: Maintenance must conform to a maintenance control program.
- You could reduce regular maintenance to every three months instead of monthly depending on the elevator.
- Provided by maintenance contractor based on industry templates for each type of elevator.
- Includes lists of all required tests and timelines for them.
May 2015: Elevators with buried cylinders need to have them addressed.
- Applies only to hydraulic elevators.
- This could potentially be a major cost (depending on the condition when they’re inspected) and could involve down time of up to five weeks in the worst cases.
- Mostly applies to elevators installed prior to 1977.
- TSSA sent out letters to buildings it thinks are affected based on installation number.
Jan 2018 to 2018: Single-speed elevators may need to upgrade their controls
- The compliance date is staggered by licence number based on installation number.
- TSSA sent out letters to individual buildings.
If you have questions about your specific elevator, call your service company and ask for an explanation about what kind of elevator you have and what tests and inspections you should be expecting. Ask them to review the maintenance control program with you so you can understand the timelines for required tests.