Today’s best practices call for frequent technician visits and following the MCP.

by John W. Koshak

In 2000, the ASME A17.1/CSA B44 Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators added significant changes to require maintenance, require that maintenance task-completion be recorded and that these and many other records be available for inspection. In 2002, the code added the requirement that this system be called a Maintenance Control Program (MCP). All U.S. and Canadian jurisdictions now follow an edition of the code requiring an MCP. In addition, the code made it retroactive, applying it to all units, new and existing. This is an important distinction and is a recognition of the importance of the MCP for the safety of life and limb, the purpose of the code. AHJs in the U.S. and Regulatory Authorities (RAs) in Canada are enforcing these requirements with increasing regularity. Is this a good thing? What are the main elements of an MCP?"