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ASME - A17.1 HDBK

Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators

active, Most Current
Organization: ASME
Publication Date: 1 January 2019
Status: active
Page Count: 785
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ASME A17.1/CSA B44, Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators, and ASME A17.7/CSA B44.7, Performance- Based Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators, are the accepted guides for design, construction, installation, operation, inspection, testing, maintenance, alteration, and repair of elevators, dumbwaiters, escalators, moving walks, and material lifts. They are the basis in total or in part for elevator codes used throughout the United States and Canada.

ASME A17.1/CSA B44 and ASME A17.7/CSA B44.7 are only guides unless adopted as law or regulation by an authority having jurisdiction.

Local jurisdictions may, in their adopting legislation, occasionally revise and/or include requirements in addition to those found in ASME A17.1/CSA B44 and ASME A17.7/CSA B44.7. It is therefore advisable to check with the local jurisdiction before applying code requirements in any area.

Requirement 1.1.1(c) was revised in ASME A17.1-2013/CSA B44-13 to clarify that devices with hoisting and lowering mechanisms equipped with a car serving two or more landings and restricted to the carrying of materials but not classified as a dumbwaiter or material lift are not covered by the Code.

Requirement 1.1.2 outlines examples of equipment not covered by ASME A17.1/CSA B44 and ASME A17.7/CSA B44.7. Requirement 1.1.3 specifies those Parts and requirements of the Code that apply only to new installations, as well as those that apply to both new and existing installations. Requirement 1.1.3 was revised in ASME A17.1-2019/CSA B44:19 to include Section 8.12 because the International Building Code requires existing buildings to comply with ASCE 24 under certain conditions that would in turn affect new and existing elevators installed in an existing building.

PURPOSE AND EXCEPTIONS

ASME A17.1/CSA B44 requirements provide a framework for standards of safety for current products whose technologies have become state-of-the-art and commonplace. Throughout their long histories, the ASME A17 and CSA B44 Committees have shown responsiveness in preparing new requirements to address new designs and technologies.Throughout their long histories, the ASME A17 and CSA B44 Committees have shown responsiveness in preparing new requirements to address new designs and technologies.

However, elevator technology is advancing at a rapid pace. The advent and wide use of the Essential Safety Requirements (ESRs) of the Lifts Directive in the European Union (EU) has accelerated the pace of change. As safe elevators based on new technology become available, worldwide demand for these products increases. Elevator codes based on prescriptive language take time to change, given the nature of the consensus process upon which they are based. This hampers introduction of new technology into jurisdictions without a uniform, structured process acceptable to AHJ.

ASME A17.1-2004 and CSA B44-04 recognized the need for a method to introduce new technology. The preface to those Codes stated the following:

Document History

A17.1 HDBK
January 1, 2019
Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators
ASME A17.1/CSA B44, Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators, and ASME A17.7/CSA B44.7, Performance- Based Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators, are the accepted guides for design, construction,...
January 1, 2016
Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators
INTRODUCTION This is the 12th edition of the ASME A17.1/CSA B44 Handbook, and the first one not authored by Ed Donoghue. The idea for the Handbook came from Mr. Donoghue and has grown from that...
January 1, 2013
Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators
INTRODUCTION In 1976 I was appointed to the A17 Editorial Committee with Al Land (Chair), William "Bill" Crager (A17 Chair), and Manuel Gutierrez (ASME Secretary). At the time, the A17 Editorial...
January 1, 2010
Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators
The ASME A17.1/CSA B44, Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators, and ASME A17.7/CSA B44.7, Performance Based Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators, are the accepted guides for design,...
January 1, 2007
Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators
The ASME A17.1/CSA B44, Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators, and ASME A17.7/CSA B44.7, Performance Based Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators, are the accepted guides for design,...
January 1, 2004
Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators
The ASME A17.1, Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators, and CSA B44, Safety Code for Elevators, are the accepted guide for the design, construction, installation, operation, inspection, testing,...
January 1, 2000
Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators
The ASME A17.1 Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators is the accepted guide for the design, construction, installation, operation, inspection, testing, maintenance, alteration, and repair of...
January 1, 1996
Handbook for Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators
The Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators is a nationally accepted guide for the design, construction, installation, operation, inspection, testing, maintenance, alteration, and repair of...
January 1, 1993
Handbook for Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators
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January 1, 1987
Handbook for Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators
The Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators is a nationally accepted guide for the design, construction, installation, operation, inspection, testing, maintenance, alteration, and repair of...
January 1, 1981
Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators
FOREWORD TO HANDBOOK The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) has been the publisher of the A 17.1 Code since 1921. The first edition of A17.1, published in 1921, was prepared by a...

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