New ASME A17.1 2010 Edition for the Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators

ASME A17.1 (also known as ASME A17.1/CSA B44), Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators, has just been released as the new 2010 Edition.  This Code covers the design, construction, operation, inspection, testing, maintenance, alteration, and repair of elevators, escalators, moving walks, materials lifts and dumbwaiters.

Major changes for the 2010 edition include:

(a.)  former periodic inspections now being covered under maintenance requirements;
(b.)  additional types of suspension means;
(c.)  elevator illumination updated;
(d.)  allowance of energy conservation methods in escalator usage;
(e.)  revisions of folding car-door requirements covering top-of-car clearances;
(f.)  updated communication requirements in elevators and;
(g.)  additional Type B Material Lift requirements.

While the ASME A17.2 companion standard, Guide for Inspection of Elevators, Escalators, and Moving Walks, has also been released as a new 2010 Edition, it does not fully reflect the latest requirements in this new A17.1 Code.

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