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Rulemaking

This page lists rule changes, hearings schedules, along with supporting documents.

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2019 Rulemaking

L&I's Elevator Program is considering changes to the Washington Administrative Code that include editorial and reference corrections, general housekeeping, and clarifications. During 2018, L&I engaged in rulemaking that adopted new safety codes, licensing requirements, and made amendments to existing rules. This rulemaking will consider proposals further updating those rules.

At present, L&I intends to review the following existing rules:

Part A – ADMINISTRATIVE

  • WAC 296-96-00500 Scope, purpose, and authority.
  • WAC 296-96-00650 Adopted standards.
  • WAC 296-96-00700 Chapter definitions.

Part B – ELEVATOR CONTRACTOR AND CONVEYANCE MECHANIC LICENSES AND REGULATIONS AND FEES
Part 1 – Licensing Requirements

  • WAC 296-96-00902 Exceptions to elevator mechanic license requirements.
  • WAC 296-96-00912 License renewal requirements.

Part B-1 PERMIT REGULATIONS AND FEES, PENALTIES AND INSPECTION TYPES FOR ALL CONVEYANCES

  • WAC 296-96-01000 Permits for new construction and alterations.
  • WAC 296-96-01006 Work requiring permits.
  • WAC 296-96-01030 Plan approval.
  • WAC 296-96-01055 Technical services and consultations.
  • WAC 296-96-01057 Accident investigations.

Part C – REGULATIONS FOR NEW AND ALTERED ELEVATORS AND LIFTING DEVICES
Car(s), Section 6
Correction Facility Elevators

  • WAC 296-96-02530 Handrails.

Hoistway and Pit

  • WAC 296-96-02552 Location of equipment in hoistway.

Outside Hoistway

  • WAC 296-96-02580 Keys required on-site.

Part C1 – MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR NEW AND ALTERED STANDARD APPLICATION MATERIAL LIFTS

  • All sections under review (WAC 296-96-05000 through 296-96-05290).

Part C2 – PRIVATE RESIDENCE INCLINED ELEVATORS

  • WAC 296-96-07150 Guide rails, track supports and fastenings.

Part C5 – ADDITIONAL TYPES OF CONVEYANCES
Casket Lifts

  • WAC 296-96-11080 Five-year test.

Part D – REGULATIONS FOR EXISTING ELEVATORS, DUMBWAITERS, AND ESCALATORS
Subpart I Additional Requirement

  • WAC 296-96-23117 Car top railings for traction elevators.
  • WAC 296-96-23118 Car top railings for hydraulic elevators.

Subpart III Alterations, Repairs, Maintenance, and Testing

  • WAC 296-96-23605 Examination of standard application material lifts, special purpose lifts, electric manlifts, and hand elevators.
  • WAC 296-96-23606 Installations placed in voluntary red tag status.

Subpart IV Lifts for Physically Handicapped

  • WAC 296-96-23700 Lifts for persons with disabilities.
  • WAC 296-96-23701 Periodic examinations and tests on commercial accessibility lifts.

Subpart V, Standard Application Material Lifts

  • WAC 296-96-24000 Applicable codes and rules.

Subpart VI Alterations, Repairs, Maintenance, and Testing
Subpart VIII Inclined Private Residence Elevators

  • All sections under review (WAC 296-96-24100 through 296-96-24178).

Subpart IX Private Residence Inclined Conveyances for Transporting Only Property

  • All sections under review (WAC 296-96-24200 through WAC 296-96-24279).

Subpart X Material Hoists

  • WAC 296-96-24301 Applicable regulations.
  • WAC 296-96-24350 Inspection of jumps.

Subpart XI Belt Manlifts

  • All sections under review (WAC 296-96-24401 through WAC 296-96-24480).

Subpart XII Special Purpose Elevators (Formerly Known as Electric Manlifts)

  • WAC 296-96-24500 Scope.
  • WAC 296-96-24516 Maintenance requirements.
  • WAC 296-96-24519 Hoistway and landing construction.
  • WAC 296-96-24525 Car enclosures and frames.
  • WAC 296-96-24528 Car doors and gates.
  • WAC 296-96-24537 Suspension means.
  • WAC 296-96-24543 Car safeties.
  • WAC 296-96-24553 Drive machines.
  • WAC 296-96-24560 Additional applicable requirements.

Subpart XIII Hand Elevators (Previously Called Hand-Powered Manlifts).

  • WAC 296-96-24670 Hoistway requirements.

This review may also include consideration of adopted national safety standards from American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) A17.1, Parts 5.4, 7.1, 7.5, 7.6, and 7.9 and ASME A17.3, Part 3, Requirement 3.10.3 (FEO 1987).

The following are the rulemaking documents:

 

Draft schedule of significant dates:

  • Jan. 22, 2019: Pre-proposal (CR101) submitted to the state Code Reviser's Office.
  • April 15 – 16, 2019: TAC meeting to review proposals.
  • May 21, 2019: ESAC meeting to review proposals is scheduled for 9 a.m. The meeting will take place at L&I Tukwila, 12806 Gateway Dr. S., Tukwila, Wash.
  • July 23, 2019: The proposed rules (CR-102) are expected to be submitted to the state Code Reviser's Office.
  • August 2019: Public hearing(s) on the proposed rules is tentatively scheduled.
  • October 22, 2019: The final rules (CR-103) are expected to be adopted.
  • Dec. 1, 2019: The new rules are expected to take effect.
 

2019 Rulemaking – ASME A17.3 Safety Codes

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries is adopting additional requirements from the 2015 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) A17.3 safety codes for existing elevators and escalators. The adopted rules also provide timeframes for compliance with the new requirements. The changes would affect Washington Administrative Code Chapter 296-96 (app.leg.wa.gov). These changes were originally proposed as part of the elevator rule changes adopted on Aug. 31, 2018. A separate rulemaking is being done specific to these changes to ensure building owners and other interested parties understand the impacts of these requirements and to provide for an additional opportunity for public comment.

The following are the rulemaking documents:

Here's what happens next:

  • July 23, 2019: The final rules (Rule-Making Order CR-103) filed with the state Code Reviser's Office.
  • Sept. 1, 2019: The new rules will take effect.

 

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