It’s surprising to learn that the first “safe” elevators came about in 1887. This is because, from this point in history, elevators started using automatic closing doors.
We’ve come a long way now with elevator technology. And, if you are responsible for one, or many, it is your duty to maintain safety standards for the people who use them. So, at the very least, you need to prepare for your next elevator inspection. If you are new to this or need a refresher for your inspection, we have you covered. We’ll now run you through a quick guide on how to pass an elevator inspection.
What is an Elevator Inspection?
You need to get an elevator inspection routinely. The elevator technician will check to ensure your elevator doors function correctly and that it reaches the intended floors in a safe manner during an inspection.
In some cases, a technician will also check your elevator’s alarm system works as it should. And they’ll also check the machine room. Now, let’s look at how to pass an elevator inspection.
Find your Safety Test Forms
Elevator safety tests are distinct from and sometimes mistaken with elevator inspections. And, you need to conduct a safety test before your next inspection.
Get hold of your elevator maintenance company and have them conduct the relevant elevator audit for your elevator. Then, fill out the necessary paperwork. Each municipal code has its own set of criteria for safety testing. It is your responsibility to ensure that the test documentation is available and current for the inspector to view.
Check the Lights
Many elevator inspections fail because of burned-out light bulbs in the machine room. All elevator machine areas must have enough lighting.
According to ASME A17.1 standards, lighting must be a minimum of 19-foot candles. Thus, ensure the machine room has functional light bulbs that meet this standard before the inspection.
Fire Extinguisher Tags
Every elevator machine room needs a functional fire extinguisher. Check that the extinguisher’s tags are up-to-date and that you are familiar with current standards.
Make sure you mount the extinguisher to avoid obstructing people who need to get out of there fast. It should also be on the jamb side of your entrance.
Other Key Considerations
Make sure to double-check your emergency phones over a couple of days to ensure they work on a 34-hour basis. Also, test your phones right before the inspector arrives.
You also need to keep your fire service test log in check every month. ASME standards require you to keep this blog up-to-date, and the inspector will want to see it. It’s now good practice to have your maintenance control programs available for inspectors to look at. And finally, get any elevator repair work sorted out well in advance of any inspection.
Pass your Elevator Inspection
Preparation is the key to passing your elevation inspection with little stress or worry. Make sure all your documentation is up-to-date, and double-check all the important aspects mentioned in this post. So good luck with your next inspection! If you found this post useful, please check out our blog for more informative reads.