To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: 'The Insider' from NEII - An Introduction to Elevator Maintenance Control Programs
Date: Thu May 22 03:00:06 MDT 2014
An Introduction to Elevator Maintenance Control Programs
As discussed in the last edition of The Insider, the Maintenance Control Program (MCP) prescribed by the ASME A17.1/CSA B44 Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators is one of the most crucial tools used in the elevator and escalator maintenance regimen. So what exactly is the MCP and how is it used by building owners, facility managers and maintenance professionals? How does it help ensure the safety and performance of elevator and escalator equipment?
An MCP is exactly what it sounds like – a program or plan to ensure that an elevator or escalator is maintained correctly throughout its life. Revisiting the analogy of automobile maintenance used in the last issue of The Insider, an elevator MCP is similar to the maintenance schedule a car manufacturer publishes for a vehicle; one that specifies a frequency for oil and other fluid changes, brake pad inspections, replacements and the like. Auto manufacturers will also suggest modifying the recommended maintenance schedules based on special conditions like towing heavy loads or driving frequently in dusty areas.
Where an elevator MCP differs from an automobile’s recommended maintenance is important to understand:
The expanded provisions for MCPs in the 2013 edition of the Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators provide a valuable tool for the building owner responsible for the proper maintenance of building transportation equipment. They provide a comprehensive guide for what must be done by the persons or company under contract to maintain the equipment, and ensure that the equipment’s maintenance record will be properly documented should the authority having jurisdiction (e.g., local or state elevator inspector) require it.
Our national model codes are continually refined to improve safety and clarify what constitutes good design, construction, alteration and maintenance of our built environment. State, provincial and local governments that adopt the ASME A17.1-2013/CSA B44-13 Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators will take an important step in improving how building transportation systems are regulated and maintained. This not only benefits the equipment owners, but, more important, the riding public who deserve safe and reliable elevators and escalators.
If you have any questions regarding safety codes and standards, don’t hesitate to contact NEII Code & Safety Director, Brian Black, at email@example.com or 585-302-0813. With any questions about issues under discussion in your state, contact the NEII Government Affairs Director, Amy Blankenbiller, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-286-7599.
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