A description of the proposed changes are as follows:

1. TITLE 8:

ELEVATOR SAFETY ORDERS
Chapter 4, Subchapter 6, Article 9, Section 3071(j)(1)(E)
TITLE 24: CALIFORNIA ELEVATOR SAFETY CONSTRUCTION CODE
Part 7, Section 7-3071(j) 1.E.

Test of Firefighters' Service
INITIAL STATEMENT OF REASONS


INFORMATIVE DIGEST OF PROPOSED ACTION/PLAIN ENGLISH OVERVIEW

This proposed rulemaking action contains minor nonsubstantive, editorial, reformatting of subsections, and grammatical revisions. These nonsubstantive revisions are not all discussed in this Informative Digest. However, these proposed revisions are clearly indicated in the regulatory text in underline and strikeout format. Furthermore, the informative digest contains occupational safety and health regulations which are building standards for codification in Title 24, Part 7, California Elevator Safety Code. The building standard section, herein, will be identified in bold type following the corresponding Title 8 informative digest.

Article 9. Hydraulic Elevators Section
3071. Operation, Operating Devices and Control Equipment.
Section 3071(j) Load Test Requirements.
Section 3071(j)(1)(E)

Existing Section 3071(j) requires a load test on elevators every five years. Subsection 3071(j)(1)(E) requires the elevator firefighters' service be tested, in conjunction with the five-year load test, to demonstrate that the firefighters' service, if provided, functions under fire and other emergency conditions specified in Section 3041(c) and Section 3071(l). Title 24, Part 7, Section 7-3071(j)1.E.

The proposal deletes subsection 3071(j)(1)(E). Deletion of subsection 3071(j)(1)(E) will have the effect of improving clarity in the Elevator Safety Orders by eliminating confusing and unnecessary cross references to Sections 3041(c) and 3071(l). This action will have no other effect because monitoring of the firefighters' service, if provided, is still required by Rule 1206.7 in Part XII of ASME A17.1-1996. ASME A17.1-1996 was incorporated by reference in Section 3000(h) in 1998. ASME A17.6-1996 Rule 1206.7 specifies in part "All elevators provided with firefighters' service shall be subjected to a monthly Phase I recall and a minimum of one-floor operation on Phase II to assure the system is maintained in proper operating order."

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

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