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Elevators

Chapter 296-96, WAC

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Elevator Rules (Chapter 296-96 WAC, Safety regulations and fees for all elevators, dumbwaiters, escalators and other conveyances)

The purpose of this expedited rulemaking is to propose amendments to the elevator rules as required by Substitute Senate Bill (SSB) 5471 (Chapter 151, Laws of 2019). SSB 5471 was L&I agency request legislation that took effect on July 28, 2019. The bill increases the number of elevator safety advisory committee (ESAC) members, extends the validity of temporary elevator mechanic licenses to one year, and allows homeowners to remove stairchair lifts (also known as wheelchair lifts) and platform lifts from their private residences. Rulemaking is necessary to amend the rules for clarity and consistency with the new statutory changes. The proposed rules will: increase the number of Elevator Safety Advisory Committee (ESAC) members from seven to nine; amend the requirements for temporary elevator mechanic licenses by (1) making a temporary elevator mechanic license valid for one year from the date of issuance, and (2) amending the existing fees and establishing new fees for temporary elevator mechanic licenses as per RCW 70.87.030, which gives L&I the authority to establish fees to pay the costs incurred by the department for work related to administration; and amend the licensing exception rules to allow for permanent removal of stairway chairlifts and platform lifts by homeowners in their private residences or by a certified contractor.863.

12/2/2019

Comments Due

10/2/2019

PDF: Expedited Rulemaking (CR 105)

PDF: Expedited Proposed Rule Language

Elevator Rules (Chapter 296-96 WAC, Safety Regulations and Fees for all Elevators, Dumbwaiters, Escalators and Other Conveyances)

RULEMAKING WITHDRAWN: The department will be initiating a separate rulemaking, which will expand the scope of the rulemaking. During 2018, the department engaged in rulemakings that adopted new safety codes and amended existing rules in Chapter 296-96 WAC, Safety Regulations And Fees For All Elevators, Dumbwaiters, Escalators And Other Conveyances. During that process, the department received proposals from stakeholders for additional potential rule revisions. The purpose of this current rulemaking is to consider those proposals and to further update and clarify specific sections of the existing rules, including editorial and reference corrections, general housekeeping, and other rule changes.842.

1/22/2019

PDF: Preproposal (CR-101)

PDF: Withdrawn Rulemaking (CR 101)

Elevator Rules (Chapter 296-96 WAC, Safety Regulations and Fees for all Elevators, Dumbwaiters, Escalators and Other Conveyances)

The rulemaking adopts amendments in chapter 296-96 WAC, Safety regulations and fees for all elevators, dumbwaiters, escalators and other conveyances. L&I is adopting additional requirements from the 2015 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) A17.3 safety codes for existing elevators and escalators. These additional requirements include: ASME A17.3 requirement 2.7.6 Hoistway Emergency Door Contacts; ASME A17.3 requirement 3.3.5 Protection of Platforms Against Fire; ASME A17.3 requirement 3.10.7 Operating of Driving Machine; ASME A17.3 requirement 3.10.12 System to Monitor and Prevent Automatic Operation of the Elevator with Faulty Door Contact Circuits; ASME A17.3 requirement 3.11.3 Firefighters Service; ASME A17.3 requirement 3.9.5 Piston Connections; and ASME A17.3 requirement 5.5.3 Adjacent Floor Surfaces. The adopted rules also provide an extended timeframe of two years to come into compliance with ASME A17.3 Requirements 2.7.6, 3.3.5, 3.10.7, 3.9.5, and 5.5.3 or to submit a written plan with a projected timeframe for compliance and 5 years for compliance with ASME A17.3 Requirements 3.10.12 and 3.11.3. The changes were adopted 7/23/2019 and became effective on 9/1/2019.836.

9/1/2019

Rule Changes Effective

7/23/2019

PDF: Adoption (Rule-Making Order CR-103)

PDF: Adopted Rule Language

PDF: Response to Public Comments (CES)

5/31/2019

Public Hearing

5/31/2019

Comments Due

5/30/2019

Public Hearing

4/16/2019

PDF: Proposed Rulemaking (CR 102)

PDF: Proposed Rule Language

8/31/2018

PDF: Preproposal (CR-101)

Elevator Rules (Chapter 296-96 WAC, Safety Regulations and Fees for all Elevators, Dumbwaiters, Escalators and Other Conveyances)

The rulemaking adopts amendments to the elevator rules in chapter 296-96 WAC Safety Regulations and Fees for All Elevators, Dumbwaiters, Escalators, and Other Conveyances. The Department performed a formal review of the rules to adopt new safety code requirements, to update and clarify the rules, and make housekeeping changes. This rulemaking excludes the elevator licensing rules (Part B Elevator Contractor and Conveyance Mechanic Licenses and Regulations and Fees), due to a separate rulemaking in progress. The changes were adopted 8/31/2018 and became effective on 10/1/2018.803.

10/1/2018

Rule Changes Effective

8/31/2018

PDF: Adoption (Rule-Making Order CR-103)

PDF: Adopted Rule Language

PDF: Final Cost Benefit Analysis

PDF: Response to Public Comments (CES)

7/13/2018

Public Hearing

7/13/2018

Comments Due

7/12/2018

Public Hearing

7/11/2018

Public Hearing

7/10/2018

Public Hearing

6/5/2018

PDF: Proposed Rulemaking (CR 102)

PDF: Proposed Rule Language

PDF: Preliminary Cost Benefit Analysis

7/18/2017

PDF: Preproposal (CR-101)

Elevator Rules (Chapter 296-96 WAC, Safety Regulations and Fees for all Elevators, Dumbwaiters, Escalators and Other Conveyances)

The rulemaking adopts amendments to the elevator licensing rules in Chapter 296-96 WAC Safety Regulations and Fees for All Elevators, Dumbwaiters, Escalators, and Other Conveyances. The Department performed a formal review of the licensing rules to ensure consistency with industry practices, to update and clarify the rules, and make housekeeping changes. The changes were adopted 8/31/2018 and became effective on 10/1/2018.796.

10/1/2018

Rule Changes Effective

8/31/2018

PDF: Adoption (Rule-Making Order CR-103)

PDF: Adopted Rule Language

PDF: Response to Public Comments (CES)

7/13/2018

Public Hearing

7/13/2018

Comments Due

7/12/2018

Public Hearing

7/11/2018

Public Hearing

7/10/2018

Public Hearing

6/5/2018

PDF: Proposed Rulemaking (CR 102)

PDF: Proposed Rule Language

5/30/2017

PDF: Preproposal (CR-101)

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