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The Division of Fire Safety, Elevator Safety Unit has adopted the following standard: American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) A17.1 2004.

All new installations of elevator equipment and alterations must conform to the following national standards:

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers Safety Code of Elevators and Escalators (ASME A17.1, 2004 Edition with 2005 Addendum and 2005 Supplement with Amendments.)
  • American National Safety Code for Personnel Hoist (ANSI A10.4, 2004 Edition)
  • American National Standard Safety Code for Manlifts (ANSI A90.1, 2003 Edition)
  • Safety Standard for Platform Lifts and Stairway Chair Lifts (A18.1, 2005 Edition)
  • Inspectors Manual for Elevators and Escalators (ASME A17.2, 2004 Edition)

Code Amendments

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers Safety Code of Elevators and Escalators (ASME A17.2.3, Section 2.12.2 Periodic)
    • 2.12.2 Periodic Take appropriate safety precautions before opening the incline. (See Personnel Safety in the Foreword). Remove at least 6 to 8 steps of the escalator. Using a good light visually inspect the drip pans, undersides of steps, trusses, roller tracks, chains, handrails, and the interior of balustrades, skirts, and newels. Determine that they are present, in good working condition, clean of dirt and rubbish, and free of oil and combustibles. Visually inspect for any damage to the fire-resistive materials on the escalator enclosure. (See Item 2.1) Visually inspect the chains for lubrication and buildup of dirt and grease. If in the opinion of the Inspector, additional steps may need to be removed to preform a proper inspection.

The Division of Fire Safety, Elevator Safety Unit has adopted the following standard: American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) A17.1 2004.

All new installations of elevator equipment and alterations must conform to the following national standards:

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers Safety Code of Elevators and Escalators (ASME A17.1, 2004 Edition with 2005 Adendum and 2005 Supplement with Amendments.)
  • American National Safety Code for Personnel Hoist (ANSI A10.4, 2004 Edition)
  • American National Standard Safety Code for Manlifts (ANSI A90.1, 2003 Edition)
  • Safety Standard for Platform Lifts and Stairway Chair Lifts (A18.1, 2005 Edition)
  • Inspectors Manual for Elevators and Escalators (ASME A17.2, 2004 Edition)

Code Amendments

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers Safety Code of Elevators and Escalators (ASME A17.2.3, Section 2.12.2 Periodic)
    • 2.12.2 Periodic Take appropriate safety precautions before opening the incline. (See Personnel Safety in the Foreword). Remove at least 6 to 8 steps of the escalator. Using a good light visually inspect the drip pans, undersides of steps, trusses, roller tracks, chains, handrails, and the interior of balustrades, skirts, and newels. Determine that they are present, in good working condition, clean of dirt and rubbish, and free of oil and combustibles. Visually inspect for any damage to the fire-resistive materials on the escaltor enclosure. (See Item 2.1) Visually inspect the chains for lubrication and buildup of dirt and grease. If in the opinion of the Inspector, additional steps may need to be removed to preform a proper inspection.

The Elevator Safety Act does not preclude municipalities or local governmental entities, which have an existing local ordinance or law, which meets or exceeds state requirements. However, a state operating certificate is still required and will be issued upon receipt of an approved inspection by an approved local entity.

To obtain a copy of the statute and promulgated rules and regulations please contact the Division at 573-751-2930.

Currently, the Elevator Safety Unit consists of a Deputy Chief, three State Inspectors, a Senior Office Support Assistant and an Office Support Assistant.

Fee Schedule for inspections conducted by a State employed inspector with the Division of Fire Safety is as follows:

  • Annual Inspection: $125 per unit, PLUS expenses
  • State Operating Certificate fee: $25 per unit

Upon receipt of an approved safety inspection and test data, if applicable, the division will issue a state-operating certificate for the respective equipment. No elevator or related equipment shall operate in Missouri without a state operating certificate. Violation of this section may result in misdemeanor criminal charges.

New Installations & Alterations

The Elevator Safety Act also requires the Missouri Division of Fire Safety to issue an installation or alteration permit upon review and approval of plans for new installations or alterations. Please mail all new installation and alteration plans to the Division of Fire Safety, Elevator Safety Unit, P.O. Box 844, Jefferson City, MO 65102.

There are exceptions to the plan review process for units located in municipalities that contract with St. Louis County and for all units located in Kansas City. However, while the city of Kansas City does not require the inspection of dumbwaiters, state law requires an annual safety inspection of this equipment type be conducted by a state licensed elevator inspector.

Existing Installations

Within a political subdivision or municipality that had adopted an edition of the A17.1, A17.2, A90.1 or A10.4 codes prior to August 1994, the annual inspection and witnessing of applicable tests shall be performed by local officials according to the code adopted when the equipment was installed. In areas with no elevator equipment code in effect prior to August 1994, the Missouri minimum standard set forth in 11 CSR 40-5.065 will be applied to all existing elevators and applicable equipment installed prior to July 1, 1999.

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