Rules Under Development

Elevators

Chapter 296-96, WAC

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Elevator Rules (Chapter 296-96 WAC, Safety regulations and fees for all elevators, dumbwaiters, escalators and other conveyances)

The Elevator Program is considering amendments to the elevator rules (Chapter 296-96 WAC) following a formal review of the rules and new safety code requirements from the 2016 edition of the American Society of Mechanic Engineers (ASME) and other related codes. The elevator program reviews the rules to ensure the rules are consistent with national elevator safety standards and industry practice, to clarify the rules, and for housekeeping changes. The review process provides Washingtons elevator stakeholders the opportunity to review the national safety code requirements, submit proposals and provide recommendations to the department regarding adoption of specific sections of the national conveyance safety standards for elevators and escalators, platform lifts and chair lifts, belt man lifts, and personnel hoists. The proposed rules may include amendments to all sections of Chapter 296-96 WAC, excluding the licensing rules due to rulemaking in progress.803.

7/18/2017

PDF: Preproposal (CR-101)

Elevator Rules (Chapter 296-96 WAC, Safety Regulations and Fees for all Elevators, Dumbwaiters, Escalators and Other Conveyances)

The Department is considering permanent rulemaking for temporary limited Category 03 elevator mechanic licenses and is reviewing the existing rule requirements for all licensing categories. In addition to this rulemaking, the Department adopted emergency rulemaking on May 30, 2017 to create a temporary limited Category 03 license to address the shortage of licensed mechanics in the grain industry for the upcoming harvest season. There are more than 400 conveyances in the grain industry, but not enough licensed elevator mechanics to perform inspections and testing. Failure to perform this work could put workers at risk by riding unsafe conveyances. The temporary limited Category 03 license is restricted to work performed on hand-powered manlifts in grain terminals and is needed to help increase the elevator mechanic workforce. The Elevator Program will be soliciting input from stakeholders in the development of the permanent rules. In addition, the program is considering other changes to the licensing rules (i.e., WAC 296-96; PART B - ELEVATOR CONTRACTOR AND CONVEYANCE MECHANIC LICENSES AND REGULATIONS AND FEES) to ensure the rules are consistent with national safety standards, industry practice, to clarify the rules, and for housekeeping changes. Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rules and formulation of the proposed rules before publication by contacting the individual listed on the Preproposal Statement of Inquiry, linked below. The public can also participate after amendments are proposed by providing written comments and/or testimony during the public hearing and comment process. All rule proposals will be reviewed by a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and the Elevator Safety Advisory Committee.796.

5/30/2017

PDF: Preproposal (CR-101)

Emergency Rules: Elevator Rules (WAC 296-96-00911, Temporary limited category 03 license for hand powered manlifts in grain terminals)

The purpose of this emergency rulemaking is to create a temporary limited Category 03 license for individuals that is restricted to work performed on hand powered manlifts in grain terminals to address the shortage of licensed mechanics in the grain industry for the upcoming harvest season. There are more than 400 conveyances in the grain industry, but not enough licensed elevator mechanics to perform inspections and testing. Failure to perform this work could put workers at risk by riding unsafe conveyances, cause work stoppages, and increase costs for farmers. The temporary limited Category 03 license is restricted to work performed on hand-powered manlifts in grain terminals and is needed to help increase the elevator mechanic workforce and is necessary for the preservation of the public health, safety, or general welfare. The department is initiating the permanent rulemaking process and will work with stakeholders to develop the permanent rule. The changes were adopted 5/30/2017 and became effective on 5/30/2017.795.

5/30/2017

Rule Changes Effective

5/30/2017

PDF: Emergency Order Adoption (CR 103)

PDF: Adopted Rule Language

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