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Subchapter 6. Elevator Safety Orders
Article 15. Special Access Lifts

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§3094.3. Inclined Platform (Wheelchair) Lifts.

(a) For purposes of this section, the provisions of ASME A17.1-1993, Section 2001, Inclined Wheelchair Lifts, except Rule 2001.10a and Rule 2001.10g(2), are hereby incorporated by reference.

(b) Inclined platform (wheelchair) lifts shall comply with ASME A17.1-1993, Section 2001, Inclined Wheelchair Lifts, except Rule 2001.10a and Rule 2001.10g(2).

(c) As an alternative to 42 inch side guards as required in ASME A17.1-1993, Section 2001, Inclined Wheelchair Lifts, Rule 2001.6c(1), the following shall be provided:

(1) Powered operated safety arms, which guard the open sides of the lift, that must be lowered before the lift operates; and

(2) Guarding which complies with ASME A17.1-1993, Section 2001, Rule 2001.6c(2).

(d) Inclined platform (wheelchair) lifts shall comply with sections 3094.2(h), 3094.2(i), 3094.2(m), 3094.2(o), and 3094.2(r).

(e) A folding seat and seat belt shall be provided to accommodate a person not in a wheelchair.

(f) Durable signs with lettering on a contrasting background shall be permanently and conspicuously posted at each landing indicating that passengers not in a wheelchair shall use the seat and seat belt, and passengers in a wheelchair shall secure the wheels of the wheelchair.

(g) Inclined platform (wheelchair) lifts installed on stairways where vision of any part of the stairway is obstructed shall be provided with an audio and visual warning device, located at the obstructed portion of the stairway, to alert persons using the stairway that the lift is in operation.

(h) A fold-type platform, if provided, shall comply with the following:

(1) Capable of being power operated from all landings;

(2) Platform guarding shall comply with section 3094.3(c);

(3) Instructions on the operations of the lift shall be permanently and conspicuously posted near the operating controls;

(4) A device which complies with ASME A17.1-1993, Section 2001, Inclined Wheelchair Lifts, Rule 2001.6e, Obstruction Devices, shall be provided; and

(5) An inclined platform (wheelchair) lift will not operate by using the landing controls unless the lift is in the fold up position.

(i) The fold-type platform, if provided, shall be parked in the fold up position and clear of the stairway when the lift is not in use. A sign as required in section 3094.2(i) shall be conspicuously posted at the landings.

(j) Intermediate stops, if provided, shall comply with the following:

(1) A level and clear floor area or landing at each floor or level served by special access lifts shall be provided.

(2) The level and clear floor areas or landings shall be part of the path of travel. Path of travel is a passage that may consist of walks and sidewalks, curb ramps and pedestrian ramps, lobbies and corridors, elevators, other improved areas, or a necessary combination thereof, that provides free and unobstructed access to and egress from a particular area or location for pedestrians and/or wheelchair users.

(3) Access and egress to the platform shall be permitted only in the loading and unloading areas.

(4) In new construction, the minimum size of landings shall be 60 inches by 60 inches. Other dimensions may be substituted where it can be demonstrated that a person using a wheelchair measuring 30 inches by 48 inches can enter and operate the lift safely.

(k) Ninety degree turns when entering and exiting on inclined platform (wheelchair) lifts shall be allowed only at the lower landing when two adjacent retractable ramps on the platform are used.

NOTE: The installation of all inclined platform (wheelchair) lifts are subject to local building codes, fire regulations, and contractors licensure.

(Title 24, Part 7, Section 7-3094.3)

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 142.3, Labor Code. Reference: Section 142.3, Labor Code; and Section 18943(b), Health and Safety Code.

HISTORY:

1. New section filed 4-9-98; operative 5-9-98 (Register 98, No. 15).

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