Like any piece of machinery, there are parameters and regulations by which elevators must operate in order to be safe for use. Here’s what you need to know about elevator compliance.
1. Certificates of Compliance
Certificates of compliance are the proof the owner or operator of an elevator needs to show that his or her elevator complies with industry and safety standards. Elevator compliance is the responsibility of the person or organization holding ownership of the building in which an elevator is installed. Typically, these certificates must be renewed annually, requiring regular maintenance and periodic inspections. You must have proof of elevator compliance in order to legally operate an elevator.
When you are in charge of elevator operations and compliance, you must keep records of maintenance work. Maintenance should be performed by a professional qualified elevator inspector. These professionals are trained in elevator repair, part replacement and adjustment. Keeping records of this maintenance work helps you stay up-to-date on how your elevator is running properly. It also provides the inspector with the history of the elevator when he or she performs maintenance or does an inspection. There are some aspects of maintenance that are required based on the age of your elevator and the type of elevator it is, but you should also be prepared in case of emergencies.
Maintenance can be performed at any time, whether there is an immediate issue or you’re planning to replace parts. Inspections, on the other hand, are done at the behest of the compliance agency. Inspections are usually performed when the elevator is installed and every six months thereafter, as well as whenever any major maintenance or updates are performed. These inspections are also performed by a professional qualified elevator inspector.
Compliance regulations exist to ensure machinery works properly and that people using machinery are as safe as possible.