Coronavirus updates, 2020 Safety Handbook and other news

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for the Building Transportation Industry

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.

All of NEII's resources are available on our Coronavirus Resources webpage, which is updated daily. Download our latest (6/26/20) spreadsheet on the State/Local/Provincial executive orders and policy directives for added detail.

June is National Safety Month, and NEII has been sharing messages of safety on our social media channels. During this time when cities and states are opening back up for business with new safety precautions in place due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we continue to update safety tips for building transportation equipment riders and facility managers.

2020 Elevator Industry Field Employee Safety Handbook Available Now

The 2020 edition of the Elevator Industry Field Employee Safety Handbook (“Handbook”) has just been released. First published in 1973, the Handbook is developed and updated by the NEII Field Employee Safety Committee (“FESC”) and published by Elevator World. Since the beginning, Elevator World has sold over 500,000. The Handbook is updated every five years, but sometimes more often when major changes are identified.

Most of the changes for the 2020 edition were minor and reflect changes in industry practice or regulations. The new edition includes the Safety Absolutes developed by the NEII FESC that address critical safety practices to mitigate serious and fatal injuries. The Safety Absolutes were first introduced in the Handbook during an interim update in 2018. A new section was also added to provide guidance on the new silica standards implemented recently. 

For a more detailed description of the changes, please see the article in Elevator World entitled “2020 Elevator Industry Field Employees’ Safety Handbook.” The 2020 edition is available at  

Evacuation Solutions & Emergency Operations

The June edition of Elevator World included a column by NEII Central Code Committee chair, David McColl, on the updates to the 2019 edition of the Elevator and Escalator Safety Code with respect to elevator emergency operations. The 2019 edition of ASME A17.1/CSA B44 Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators contains many updates to the requirements for Occupant Evacuation Operation, most of which are clarifications of or elaborations on the existing requirements first published in the 2013 edition.

In addition, NEII Communications Committee member, Mike Ryan of Peelle Doors authored an article on “Rethinking Rescue” when it comes to sensationalized media surrounding stalled elevators, and cites NEII’s tips for “What To Do When You are in a Stalled Elevator.”

Department of Health and Human Services has Face Coverings Available

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is streamlining the process for ordering face coverings by enabling organizations to order directly through an established website.
Click here for more information about the face coverings and the automated ordering process.

Alert: Contaminated Hand Sanitizer

Recently the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found a company in Mexico is using methanol (wood alcohol) in their hand sanitizer formulas. The FDA advises consumers not to use hand sanitizer products manufactured by Eskbiochem. Read the complete report.

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