KS Elevator Program, Ontario Reporting Requirements & much more
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Kansas Legislature Considering New Elevator Program

On January 19, NEII Executive Director Amy Blankenbiller testified before the Kansas House Committee on Federal & State Affairs along with the Elevator Industry Work Preservation Fund (EIWPF) lobbyist, John Federico, in support  of a bill to establish a new elevator program and licensing requirements. The industry also hosted an educational breakfast the following morning where NEII was able to present an overview of elevator systems to of the House committee. Rick Lowenberg, President of MEI Total Elevator Solutions (MEI), Kevin Sullivan (EIWPF), and Richard Sargent with the International Union of Elevator Constructors Local 12 provided general remarks supporting the need for this important safety measure. MEI has the service contract at the Kansas Statehouse, and additional members of the MEI team were available to provide specific details of the historic building and its unique elevators with the legislators who participated in a demonstration at the antique cage elevator installed in the 1920s.

Currently, Kansas is one of only two states – Delaware being the other – that does not have a statewide elevator program. NEII advocates for the implementation of elevator programs in every jurisdiction to prioritize safety and standardize the safety requirements that protect elevator personnel and the riding public.

We will report on the outcome in Kansas as this legislative session proceeds.

New Elevator Outage Reporting Requirements in Ontario

Effective July 1, 2022, the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) will require elevator owners to record extended elevator outages for public reporting. Owners of elevators in residential buildings and long-term care facilities will be required to report elevator outages that last more than 48-hours as part of an initiative to improve elevator availability, safety and maintenance. Reporting must be completed within 30-days of the elevator resuming service. As part of the new rule, TSSA will make elevator outage information available to the public on their website.

Code Development Update

Changes for the 2022 edition of ASME A17.1/CSA B44 are currently in the Public Review stage. The public review for the first group of changes has closed, and comments are being reviewed by the various ASME committees. Comments on the final group of proposals will be accepted until February 8, 2022.

The Group B code update cycle for the 2024 I-Codes is also underway. Committee Action Hearings will be held in Rochester, NY, in March/April to review proposed changes. All proposals will be subject to a public review period that should occur mid-year, with final action being taken during the Public Comment Hearings in September. Group B includes IBC-Structural, IEBC, IRC and IECC. Group A changes were completed last year.

ICC A117.1 is the third codein an update cycle at this time. The committee is planning to start review of public proposals in March. The schedule for the cycle is still being finalized.

Recent Code Adoptions

  • Rhode Island adopted the 2018 I-Codes and the 2020 NFPA 70 with an effective date of 2-1-2022.
  • Pennsylvania adopted the 2018 I-Codes with some modifications and an effective date of 2-14-2022. They also updated their Accessibility Code based on the 2021 IBC, ASME A17.1/CSA B44 Appendix E and ICC A117.1 effective 1-1-2022.
  • Arizona adopted the 2018 IFC with an effective date of 1-7-2022.
COVID-19 Updates

Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the mandate issued by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration requiring employers to ensure either vaccination against COVID-19 or the periodic testing of its workforce. The Supreme Court also allowed a similar federal mandate for health care workers at health care facilities that receive Medicare and Medicaid funds to remain in place.

The federal decision has no effect on a similar employer mandate in New York City which remains in place. Masking and vaccination policies continue to vary considerably across the country in both the public and private sector. Contractors and individuals are encouraged to consult with customers and appropriate agencies of government for current requirements when engaging a job site.

Virginia Area Code Update

Effective no later than May 14, 2022, Virginia will be adding a new area code to its existing 540 area code geographical region. As a result, all phone numbers in that area need to be dialed with the area code + telephone number. Alarm, security and elevator services and equipment located in the 540 area code and programmed to dial only seven digits must be updated or reprogrammed by May 14, 2022. Read more.

Calendar of Events

  • EESF Annual General Membership Meeting - February 16-18, Mobile, AL
  • NAEC Educational Conference – March 20-23, 2022, Sarasota, FL
  • BOMA International Conference & Expo – June 25-28, 2022, Nashville, TN
  • BuildingsNY - September 21-22, 2022, NYC
  • International Elevator & Escalator Symposium - December 12-13, 2022, Barcelona, Spain


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