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WAC 296-96-23610

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What requirements apply to routine examinations and periodic or category 01, 03, and 05 safety tests?

The owner must ensure that her/his conveyances are routinely examined and annually safety tested by a person qualified to perform such services. All conveyances must be tested to the applicable code(s) by an elevator mechanic licensed in the appropriate category for the conveyance being tested.
(1) ASME A17.1-8.11.1.1.1 and ASME A17.1-8.11.1.1.2 Periodic and routine examinations and tests.
(a) Periodic tests as required in ASME A17.1-8.6 may be witnessed by an inspector employed by the authority having jurisdiction. The department authorizes mechanics licensed under this chapter to perform examinations and testing.
(b) For category 1 and 3 tests the authorized mechanic shall perform and submit a signed written report on the maintenance control log containing the code referenced devices tested and found compliant containing, but not limited to, the following information:
(i) Date of inspection;
(ii) Type of test(s) performed;
(iii) Detailed results of the test(s) including, but not limited to: Speed, governor trip speed, safety slide distance, relief valve setting, escalator/moving walk brake torque setting, etc.;
(iv) Code deficiencies noted during the test; and
(v) Statement as to any corrective action taken.
(c) For the category 5 test, the authorized mechanic shall complete a signed written report provided by the department containing, but not limited to, the information in (b)(i) through (v) and leave the report in a conspicuous location with the MCP logs.
The authorized mechanic shall sign on the space provided on the maintenance control log the code referenced devices tested and found compliant with the information addressed in (b)(i) through (v).
(2) ASME A17.1-8.11.1.3 Periodic and routine examination frequency. The frequency of periodic examinations shall be established by the authority having jurisdiction. Intervals for periodic and routine examinations in ASME A17.1-8.11:
(a) A minimum of once per year and more often as age, usage, environmental condition, and design quality dictate; and
(b) A conveyance periodic examination is considered out of compliance if more than thirty days past the interval. Inspectors will make a report to owners of noncompliance.
(3) Required for firefighters' service portion of the log. It is the owner's responsibility to test firefighters' service operation of Phase I and Phase II key switches quarterly and annually perform the smoke detector test.
Note:
The fire service key switch(es) and smoke detector testing may be performed and logged by the building owner.
(4) For five-year and category 5 testing:
(a) A full-load safety test must be performed with weights on all conveyances.
(b) For roped hydraulic elevators a static load test with the full load on the car must also be performed.
(c) For tests administered under this subsection: A safety tag with the date and company conducting the test must be permanently attached to the controller.
(i) For vertical platform lifts and stair chairs the tag must be located at the disconnecting means.
(ii) Separate safety tags must be used to distinguish the no-load annual safety test and the five-year full load test.
(5) Documentation must be retained in the machine room for the inspectors review and supplied on the form approved by the department.
(6) Qualified personnel will conduct the test. A qualified person is either:
(a) An elevator mechanic licensed in the appropriate category for the conveyance being tested;
(b) The representative of a firm that manufactured the particular conveyance, and who holds a current temporary mechanic's license in this state; or
(c) The representative of a firm that manufactured the particular conveyance who is working under the direct supervision of an elevator mechanic licensed in the appropriate category for the conveyance being tested.
(7) Escalators shall be tested according to ASME A17.1 adopted and this chapter and completely cleaned annually. Upon completion of this work, the appropriate form indicating that the work, including the skirt step index graph, has been completed and is in compliance. The documents must be left with the maintenance logs for the department inspector's review.
(8) All other conveyances requiring annual testing must have tags indicating the date and the name of the company and person who performed the test. When the required location for mounting the tag is not readily accessible, the tag may be mounted on the main line disconnect.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.87 RCW. WSR 13-24-066, § 296-96-23610, filed 11/27/13, effective 1/1/14; WSR 08-23-085, § 296-96-23610, filed 11/18/08, effective 12/19/08; WSR 07-24-041, § 296-96-23610, filed 11/30/07, effective 1/1/08. Statutory Authority: RCW 70.87.020, 70.87.030, 70.87.034, 70.87.120, 70.87.185, 70.87.190, 2002 c 98, 2003 c 143 and 2004 c 66. WSR 04-12-047, § 296-96-23610, filed 5/28/04, effective 6/30/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 70.87.020, 70.87.030, 70.87.034, 70.87.120, 70.87.185 and chapter 70.87 RCW. WSR 01-02-026, § 296-96-23610, filed 12/22/00, effective 1/22/01.]