Latest code changes mandate stricter requirements for emergency communications.

by Dave Mann and Calvin Linde

With the close of 2019 came the publication of the updated ASME A17.1/CSA B44 Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators. As with any code revision, the question for equipment owners and maintainers/installers becomes, “How will this affect me?” Looking specifically at Section 2.27.1: Car Emergency Signaling Devices, there are a few important additions. First is the inclusion of requirements specifying how the person answering an entrapment call communicates with those in the elevator. Two-way communication has always been important, but ASME has added language stating, in a nutshell:

  • Authorized personnel must be able to communicate with trapped passengers who cannot verbally communicate or hear.
  • Monitoring parties must be able to notify those in the elevator that help is on the way.
  • There must be a means to display video allowing onsite or remote-monitoring personnel to observe passengers.