New Elevator Code/ Effective November 7, 2022.
Vertical Systems Analysis, Inc. wants to make sure you are aware of a NEW ELEVATOR CODE CHANGE that will effect all new elevator installations and modernizations in New York City including Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx. We have highlighted the two most notable CODE changes below.
NYC Code Changes become effective November 7th, 2022
I. Two-way communication to include voice/video for new elevator installations and modernizations for hearing impaired. (ASME A17.1 2019)
This New York City Elevator Code change will require a building to have a 24/7 days a week monitoring service.
There will be a requirement to have a camera in the cab with a specialized emergency phone (Help) button with a video screen and a (Yes), or (No) button. When the (Help) button is pushed by an elevator passenger, it will go to the authorized monitoring service. Then, a message will appear when the call is acknowledged. When an operator answers, it will display a message with questions to be answered by the elevator passenger pushing the (Yes) or (No) buttons.
This camera will be utilized to see if elevator passengers are entrapped. If no one responds and the operator does not see anyone in the elevator cab, then the help call will be canceled. If elevator cab passengers are in the in the elevator, then help will be dispatched as an emergency situation depending on the circumstances. In that event, a message will be displayed notifying passengers that help is on the way.
II. Elevator in readiness for Fire Department emergency access. (BC 3003.3.1)
New York City buildings that are five stories in height or more, underground buildings and high rise buildings shall keep at least 1 elevator for immediate use by the Fire Department. This readiness serves all floors of the building.
Occupant Evacuation Elevators are for tenants & visitors to escape from a building. All hoistway have a 2-hour fire rating and the doors have 1.5-hour fire rating, after November 7, 2022, elevators will be used to evacuate passengers in an emergency situation.
Call us today if you have questions about your building being in compliance.