Updated Industry Coronavirus Resources and much more

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources
NEII is working hard to stay on top of the rapidly evolving issues surrounding COVID-19 and its impact on our industry and workforce. We will also continue to send out a special COVID-19 newsletter each Friday for the duration of this crisis, which will highlight the executive orders and policy directives for the U.S. and Canada.

All of NEII's resources are available on our Coronavirus Resources webpage, which is updated daily. Download our latest (4/3/20) spreadsheet on the State/Local/Provincial executive orders and policy directives for added detail.  Please keep in mind that this information is meant to be used as a resource and is not intended as legal guidance.

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NEII/IUEC COVID-19 Statement

On March 18, NEII and the IUEC released a joint industry statement on COVID-19. NEII has also shared the information publicly on Twitter and LinkedIn. If you would like to further promote the statement on your internal or external channels, please do so.

As more cities, states and counties are moving toward enacting "stay at home" orders, NEII and the IUEC are also working together to promote the "essential" nature of elevator work, even in buildings and businesses that are otherwise deemed to be non-essential services.

Tips for Riders and Facility Managers

NEII has developed tips for the riding public and facility managers to help keep everyone healthy and safe during this pandemic (though these tips remain relevant for the cold and flu season as well). These are meant to be downloaded and/or shared. Please feel free to use them on your website, distribute to customers, etc.

COVID-19 in State Governments

Stateside Associates, the legislative and regulatory tracking service that NEII uses for advocacy support has been publishing daily updates on state/local government responses to the pandemic. Since the global outbreak of the Coronavirus, over 85 bills have been introduced in 25 states and the District of Columbia. The bills have been introduced on a number of issues including but not limited to waiving cost-sharing requirements, paid sick leave and worker protections, and expanding the power of the Governor. Read the most recent report.

OSHA Resources

The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released a guidance document on preparing workplaces for COVID-19.

EESF Annual Meeting Highlights

On February 28, the Elevator and Escalator Safety Foundation (EESF) held its annual meeting in Tampa, FL. Attendees – including board members and others sharing an interest in the safety of the riding public – discussed the foundation’s ongoing initiatives, how to grow its programs, and progress toward implementing the strategic plan. It was a very energetic day with passionate volunteers joining the EESF’s new executive director, Shawn Cowden and program director Laurie Dueitt to steer EESF’s initiatives for the next year.

In addition, the EESF Executive Board and new board members were sworn in. For 2020-2021, EESF’s Executive Board is Cornelius Walls, Formula Systems, Chairman; Sheila Swett, Swett & Associates, Vice Chairman; T. Bruce MacKinnon, Elevator World, Inc., Secretary, and Jeff Schumacher, Schumacher Elevator, Treasurer.

EESF Safety Ambassadors is Now Virtual

Due to the current health crisis our nation is facing, many states and/or local governments have imposed mandatory school closings. This has left many school districts and parents at a loss for how to keep their students/children engaged during this time. In an effort to assist, EESF has tailored its Safety Ambassador program in such a way that schools can utilize the Safe-T-Rider program to supplement their current online curriculum or promote as a tool that parents, friends, coworkers, etc. can use as an at-home educational and interactive activity option. Download the newly updated EESF Safety Ambassador Kit.
This program not only teaches young children how to, and the importance of riding elevators and escalators safely, but will keep them engaged with interactive online activities such as trivia and puzzles! A step by step guide, provides instructions for presenting the Safe-T-Rider program as well as activity sheets, certificates and links to the online safety video and interactive activities.

NEII's Antitrust Policy

NEII members who attend a meeting or serve on a committee or working group are regularly asked to review and sign NEII’s Antitrust Policy. While the purpose of NEII collaborations is to improve public safety and promote innovation, we are very mindful that any discussions that take place at an association meeting not violate any antitrust or unfair competition laws. For more information, please see the NEII Antitrust Guide for Members of the National Elevator Industry.

Our antitrust guide is always available for our members on and at all of our meetings. In addition, the link above allows you to download NEII’s antitrust guide that you can sign, date and return to Nicole Van Velzen and we will store in your NEII membership file. This also allows you to keep a copy for your records.

Elevator World's Photo Contest

The 2020 Elevator World Photo Contest is now open for submissions. Submit a photo in any of nine categories and you could win cash and be featured in ELEVATOR WORLD magazine. The deadline to submit a photo is April 24, 2020.

Upcoming Events

  • NEII ASC-PSC meetings, teleconference – April 8-9
  • NEII  Board of Directors Meeting, teleconference – April 22
  • NEII Board of Directors Meeting, teleconference - June 19
  • NEII BOD Meeting and NAEC/United Convention, Houston, TX - September 15


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