Industry Coronavirus Resources and other news

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

NEII has been working hard to stay on top of the rapidly evolving issues surrounding COVID-19 and its impact on our industry and workforce. This week, the Insider and our weekly Friday COVID-19 newsletters are combined. The Friday updates will continue for the duration of the crisis.

All of NEII's resources are available on our Coronavirus Resources webpage, which is updated daily. Download our latest (5/1/20) 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.

NEII Working with States to Reopen

NEII is working with states, cities and provinces as they implement their plans to reopen their economies. Towards this effort, NEII is providing AHJs with best practices to resume halted elevator construction and have made recommendations for continuing inspections and maintenance after weeks of inactivity. NEII has also collaborated with industry real estate partners and is publishing guidelines for building owners to use to reopen their elevators while keeping in mind social distancing and sanitation. NEII continues to serve as an industry voice during this time and will continue to advocate for policies that allow for the safest usage of building transportation equipment for riders and mechanics.

NEII Elects Board of Directors and Officers

On April 22, NEII’s Board of Directors elected its new board and officers to serve for the next year. The 2020 members of the Board of Directors were approved, welcoming James Cramer, Otis Americas; Kevin Lavallee, thyssenkrupp Elevator Corporation; and Ken Schmid, KONE, Inc. to the board. Returning board members include Greg Ergenbright, Schindler Elevator Corporation; Sterrett Lloyd, Draka Elevator Products; Gary Krupp, Fujitec; and Erik Zommers, Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc.

The Board also elected its officers for 2020: Greg Ergenbright, Schindler, President; Erik Zommers, Mitsubishi, Vice President; Jared Radabaugh, Draka, Treasurer; and Karen Penafiel, NEII, Secretary.

Elevator World Column on ASME A17.1-2019/CSA B44:19 Safety Code Changes

NEII has a series of columns in Elevator World in 2020. The second piece appeared in the April edition and focused on the significant changes in the 2019 edition of ASME A17.1/CSA B44. Two of the key changes were the addition of new requirements to enhance emergency communications for the deaf, hard of hearing and speech impaired and the addition of new requirements for detection of approaching objects to activate the car reopening device. Read the entire article here.

Building Safety Month

May marks the International Code Council’s 40th annual Building Safety Month. The international campaign reinforces the need for the adoption of modern, regularly-updated building codes and raises the awareness of the public to the importance of safety codes.

NEII is once again proud to serve as a partner for this important month of awareness about building safety. As you know, safety codes are critical to our mission at NEII, and Building Safety Month offers us an opportunity to amplify our commitment to promoting the highest level of safety and the importance of updated safety code adoption.

Learn more about Building Safety Month. We will be highlighting the month on social media. Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn!

Calendar of Events

  • NEII Field Employee Safety Committee, teleconference - June 3 (tentative)
  • NEII Board of Directors Meeting, teleconference - June 19
  • Elevator World Photo Contest extended to July 15!
  • NEII CCC/GAC Meetings - July 28-30
  • NEII BOD Meeting and NAEC/United Convention, Houston, TX - September 15


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