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Ron DeJuliis, Commissioner of Labor and Industry Rob McGeeney, Program Manager Larry Kreseski, Chief inspector Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation.

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1 Ron DeJuliis, Commissioner of Labor and Industry Rob McGeeney, Program Manager Larry Kreseski, Chief inspector Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation Martin O’Malley, Governor Anthony G. Brown, Lt. Governor Thomas E. Perez, Secretary Elevator Safety Inspection

2 TPQEI Inspections Objectives History of Change The Big Picture Overview of Law and Regulations State Responsibilities Building Owner Responsibilities Third Party Inspector Responsibilities What is TPQEI? Inspections, Scheduling and Applicable Codes

3 History of Change Growth of Vertical Transportation in Maryland  1980 ~ 3,237  1990 ~ 11,351  2000 ~ 16,594  2009 ~ 21,330 ~ 900 New Elevator Units Each Year ~ 6,112 Overdue Units = ~ 29%

4 Major Change Beginning July 1, 2009, the owner of the elevator unit must hire an authorized third party qualified elevator inspector (TPQEI). State inspectors will no longer perform periodic annual inspections on privately owned elevator units.

5 The Big Picture

6 Final Inspections on new and altered elevator units Investigate accidents and complaints Follow-up inspections to confirm corrective action Comprehensive 5-year inspection Periodic annual inspection of publicly owned elevator units Quality control monitoring of inspections performed by third party qualified elevator inspectors (TPQEI) DLLR will continue….

7 Re-registration of elevator units  Annually  30 days before periodic inspection Building Owner Responsibilities DLLR will notify owner 90 days in advance of the annual periodic inspection.

8 Maintain their elevator units in accordance with the safety code; Ensure that all required tests are performed by qualified persons; All required test documentation to be kept in the elevator machine room (or on the premises) available to the TPQEI; and Building Owner Responsibilities

9 Must hire an authorized TPQEI to perform the required inspections (not the elevator company). Building Owner Responsibilities

10  Follow-up inspection fee:  $250 up to 4 hrs. (each unit)  $500 up to 8 hrs. (each unit)  Citations:  $5,000 (each unit)  $1,000 per day failure to correct Importance of Compliance

11 TPQEI Authorization All TPQEI must register with the Commissioner. Every TPQEI will be issued credentials identifying them as an “authorized” TPQEI and their authorization level. This authorization is valid only if you maintain your QEI certification and insurance coverage and must be renewed annually. It is the responsibility of the TPQEI to ensure their authorization remains valid. Inspection reports received from a TPQEI with an invalid authorization will be rejected which may result in the owner (your customer) being in violation and subject to penalty.

12 TPQEI Authorization Levels TPQEI - Level 1 Is authorized to perform pre-final inspections and periodic annual inspections;

13 TPQEI Authorization Levels TPQEI - Level 1 Must possess and maintain a valid QEI certification;

14 TPQEI Authorization Levels TPQEI - Level 1 Must be an independent consultant, employed by an independent inspection agency or employed by the insurer of the elevator unit; and

15 TPQEI Authorization Levels TPQEI - Level 1 Possess and maintain insurance as required by regulation.

16 TPQEI Authorization Levels TPQEI - Level 2 Is authorized to ONLY perform pre-final inspections. Must possess and maintain a valid QEI certification.

17 TPQEI Authorization Levels TPQEI - Level 3 Is authorized to ONLY perform a pre- final inspection on a personnel hoist where the ANSI A10.4 Code is applicable. Must provide the Commissioner with documentation detailing experience, manufacturer’s training, and knowledge of personnel hoists, codes, maintenance and testing procedures.

18 Responsibilities of the TPQEI Maintain your QEI certification and submit the required documentation to the Commissioner on an annual basis. Notify the Commissioner immediately of any change in insurance coverage (Safety Inspection Unit to be a certificate holder)

19 Responsibilities of the TPQEI Conduct inspections in accordance with the Safety Code and ASME A17.2 Guide for Inspections of Elevators. Witness or verify that the periodic tests as required by the safety code were performed and conform to the safety code and ASME A17.2.

20 Responsibilities of the TPQEI Submit the required inspection reports and related documents in accordance with regulation. Report serious unsafe conditions: -Advise the owner to cease operation; and -Notify the Commissioner immediately Emergency number (after normal hours) Phone Fax

21 Importance of Compliance Authorization Revoked If after investigation and quality control monitoring it is revealed that a TPQEI is not performing inspections in accordance with the law and regulations, their TPQEI authorization will be revoked and they will no longer be able to perform third party inspections in Maryland.

22 Inspections Periodic annual inspections All elevator units are required to have an annual inspection. TPQEI can witness or verify required tests. Tests required by the safety code should be verified through review of test reports which are required to be completed by the qualified mechanic performing the tests. The tests can also be witnessed at the discretion of the TPQEI.

23 Inspections Periodic annual inspections Escalator inspections must be performed with the aid of a qualified mechanic; therefore, the tests should be witnessed by the TPQEI.

24 Periodic annual inspection process Perform annual inspection Verify or witness required tests Document inspection on State inspection form Inspections

25 Periodic annual inspection process Identify and document any alleged violations on the State violation notice. Reference the applicable code year and rule number; and The violation item number. Provide the owner with opportunity to correct any alleged violations. Inspections

26 Violation Categories

27 Periodic annual inspection process TPQEI must submit inspection report and associated documentation to the Commissioner within 30 days of the inspection. TPQEI report indicates no alleged violations; a certificate will be issued by the Commissioner. Inspections

28 Periodic annual inspection process Serious safety issues: Notify the Commissioner immediately. Advise the owner to cease operation. Inspections

29 Clearing Alleged Violations 1. Follow-up inspection by TPQEI within the 30 day window of inspection due date. 2. Follow-up inspection by TPQEI after report submission but before State follow-up inspection; or

30 Clearing alleged violations 3. Follow-up inspection by State inspector. Alleged violations were corrected re-inspection fee assessed to owner and certificate issued. Alleged violations not corrected re-inspection fee assessed to owner; and a citation issued to owner. Violations remain pending after final order additional penalties will be assessed.

31 Scheduling 5-Year Inspections With Commissioner 5-year comprehensive inspections are required on elevator units that are suspended by wire ropes, belts, chains or a similar suspension means, or elevator units with rack and pinion drive. State inspectors will witness the 5-year periodic (full load) test and perform the comprehensive 5-year inspection. The owner must coordinate with the Commissioner the date and time of the 5-year comprehensive inspection 60 days in advance of inspection date.

32 Scheduling Final Acceptance Inspections 1. Register the elevator unit at least 60 days before its planned completion;

33 Scheduling Final Acceptance Inspections 2. Provide the Commissioner with at least 60 days notice of a requested inspection; and 3. Submit the pre-final inspection report 15 days before a scheduled inspection.

34 Scheduling Final Acceptance Inspections 4. Inspection requests received with less than the required notice will be scheduled at the earliest date contingent upon the availability of State resources.

35 Personnel Hoists (WH) Pre-Final inspection performed by TPQEI (any level authorization with necessary knowledge of ANSI A10.4). Final inspection will be performed by State. 90-day inspection performed by State inspector, tests performed by qualified person and witnessed by State inspector. Floor jump and alteration inspections must be performed by State inspector; tests performed by qualified person and witnessed by State inspector.

36 Other Lifts Vertical, inclined and stairway chair lifts are considered elevator units, so the law and regulations apply to this equipment in the same manner.

37 Applicable Code  Beginning July 1, 2009 State inspectors will enforce the most recently adopted version of the Safety Code when conducting final acceptance inspections on new and altered elevator units.

38  The date an elevator contract is signed can no longer determine the applicable safety code.  Safety Codes are published prior to State adoption. This should provide sufficient time for elevator installers to review and adjust to any code changes. Applicable Code

39 The Commissioner may grant exceptions from the safety code or regulations. The owner of the elevator unit must make the request in writing and provide: evidence that the exception is necessary; and that safety can be assured. It is the policy of the Commissioner to respond to exception requests within 30 working days; however, depending on the complexity of the request this response time may be extended. Applicable Code

40  Existing elevator units must comply with the applicable safety code in effect at the time of their final acceptance inspection. Unless the unit was altered or modified. Applicable Code

41 Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation Elevator Safety Inspection Thank You Emergency number (after normal hours) Phone Fax


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