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Subchapter 6. Elevator Safety Orders

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§ 3141.7. General Requirements.

(a) Conveyances shall comply with the following general requirements:

(1) Hoistway door unlocking devices described in ASME A17.1-2004, section 2.12.6, are prohibited on all conveyances;

(2) Emergency doors in blind hoistways as described in ASME A17.1-2004, section, and access panels as described in ASME A17.1-2004, section, are prohibited;

(3) All electrical equipment and wiring shall comply with CCR, Title 24, Part 3, California Electrical Code in effect at the time of installation;

(A) The light switch shall be located inside the machine room on the strike side of the machine room door;

(B) The light switch shall be located adjacent to the elevator pit access door within 18 inches to 36 inches above the access landing when access to the elevator pit is through the lowest landing door;

(C) Fire detecting systems for hoistways and the necessary wiring may be installed in hoistways, provided that the system is arranged to be serviced and repaired from outside the hoistway;

(4) The dimension specified as 4 inches by ASME A17.1-2004, section, shall be 2 inches. The maximum permissible distance for freight elevators that are not equipped with horizontal swinging doors and that are not accessible to the general public is 6 inches instead of 6.5 inches as specified by ASME A17.1-2004, section;

(5) Door locking devices, oil buffers, car and counterweight safety devices, speed governors, and plunger engaging safety devices (plunger gripper) shall be approved by the Division based on the criteria contained in ASME A17.1-2004, sections 2.12, 2.17, 2.18, 2.22.4, and 3.17.3; and Group II, sections 3105(b), 3106(b), 3108(f), and 3110(a);

(6) An audible signaling device complying with ASME A17.1-2004, section, shall be provided on all conveyances regardless of the existence of an emergency stop switch;

(7) The car shall be capable of moving only one floor to re-establish absolute car position upon resumption of power (normal, emergency, or standby), instead of the unspecified number of floors allowed by ASME A17.1-2004, section

(8) Counterweight guards addressed in ASME A17.1-2004, section, if perforated, shall reject a 1/2 inch ball;

(9) The speed governor and safety marking plates shall contain the manufacturer's model number;

(10) A reduced diameter governor rope of equivalent construction and material to that required by ASME A17.1-2004 is permissible if the factor of safety as related to the strength necessary to activate the safety is 5 or greater;

(11) Scissor type collapsible gates are prohibited;

(12) The guarding of counterweights in a multiple-elevator hoistway shall comply with Group II, section 3013(c)(1);

(13) Water removal systems used to address the accumulation of water in pits shall comply with Group III, section 3120.6(c) and section 3120.6(d);

(14) Elevators in jails and penal institutions are exempt from the requirements related to the installation of fire fighters' emergency operation where the recall of elevators will interfere with security;

(15) Guarding of exposed equipment shall comply with Group II, section 3014;

(16) Partitions not less than 6 feet (1.83 m) high from the pit floor shall be provided between the pits of adjacent hoistways;

(A) If openings are provided in the partition, they shall reject a 2-inch ball;

(B) The partitions may be omitted if the clearance between the underside of the car sling when resting on a fully compressed buffer and the bottom of the pit is not less than 7 ft. (2.13 m);

(17) Looped pull straps are prohibited; and

(18) Access switches described in ASME A17.1-2004, section 2.12.7, are required regardless of the rated speed and shall be installed in the hoistway entrance frame or within 12 inches of the entrance frame and not less than 36 inches (914 mm) nor more than 78 inches (1.98 m) above floor level.

(b) Medical Emergency Service.

Elevators utilized to provide medical emergency service shall comply with Group II, section 3041(e).

Note: Authority cited: Sections 142.3 and 7323, Labor Code. Reference: Sections 142.3 and 7323, Labor Code.

1. New section filed 4-1-2008; operative 5-1-2008 (Register 2008, No. 14).

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