Occupant Evacuation Operation of Elevators
Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments
Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule
The proposed rule:
- repeals rules relating to the safety code for existing elevators and escalators;
- repeals rules relating to the safety code for machine-room-less elevators (machine-room-less elevators do not require a separate machine room because elevator equipment is in the shaft); and
- adds a new rule regarding elevator emergency operation and signaling devices, including provisions related to occupant evacuation (namely, when elevators are to be used for occupant evacuation, in accordance with section 403.5.2 of the New York City Building Code).
Sections one through three of the proposed rule repeal sections 103-08, 3610-01 and 3610-02 of Title 1 of the Rules of the City of New York (RCNY), because such sections have been superseded by Chapters K3 and K4 of Appendix K of the Building Code.
Section four of the proposed rule adds a new section 3610-01 to Title 1 of the RCNY to update the provisions of section 2.27 of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (“ASME”) standard A17.1-2000 to conform it to the requirements of ASME A17.1-2013 and to establish consistent fire emergency operations and evacuation procedures to enhance public safety. Further, section four adds and modifies some ASME A17.1-2013 language, which has not yet been adopted into the Building Code, regarding occupant evacuation operation of elevators.
The Department of Buildings’ authority for this proposed rule is found in sections 643 and 1043 of the New York City Charter, section 28-103.19 of the New York City Administrative Code, and sections BC 403.5.2 and BC 3008 of the New York City Building Code (found in Chapter 7 of Title 28 of the New York City Administrative Code).
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