March 2023 Industry Bulletin – Protection of Disconnecting Means
October 2022 Industry Bulletin – Hurricane Ian
September 2022 Industry Bulletin – Generator Testing
August 2022 Industry Bulletin – Acceptance Tags and Acceptance Records
Adoption of 61C-5.001, F.A.C. – March 23rd 2021
The Division of Hotels and Restaurants Bureau of Elevator Safety officially adopted 61C-5.001, F.A.C., to incorporate:
- ASME A17.1-2016, Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators
- ASME A17.3-2015, Safety Code for Existing Elevators and Escalators
- ASME A18.1-2017, Safety Standard for Platform Lifts and Stairway Chairlifts
All of which will be enforced by the 7th edition of the Florida Building Code.
ASME Elevator Safety Code A17.3-2015, Safety Code for Existing Elevators and Escalators
Part of this new Safety Code includes:
- Section 3.10 Operating Devices and Control Equipment
- Requirement 3.10.12 System to Monitor and Prevent Automatic Operation of the Elevator with Faulty Door Contact Circuits
All conveyances licensed by the State of Florida Bureau of Elevator Safety, including those located within the 5 contracted jurisdictions must be in compliance of the above Code by December 31, 2023. The Bureau of Elevator Safety encourages all owners of conveyances licensed by the State of Florida or any of its 5 Contracted Jurisdictions to contact your Elevator Company to discuss what your conveyances will need in order to comply with this section of A17.3-2015.
Emergency Responder Two Way Radio Communications Antenna Installation Requirements (PDF)
Area Code 656 to Overlay Florida 813 Area Code (PDF)
To ensure a continuing supply of telephone numbers, the new 656 area code will be added to the area currently served by 813. This is known as an area code overlay. The new 656 area code will serve the same geographic area currently served by the existing 813 area code. Elevator services and equipment located in the 813 area code programmed to dial only seven digits must be updated or reprogrammed to dial ten digits (area code + telephone) or eleven digits (1 + area code + telephone) for all calls in the 813/656 area code.
Area Code 448 to Overlay Florida 850 Area Code (NANPA Notice PL-551)
On November 5, 2019 the PSC in Docket No. 20190135-TP, Order No. PSC-2019-0471-FOFTP, approved an all-services distributed overlay as the relief method for the 850 NPA and on November 6, 2019 filed Order PSC-2019-0471-FOF-TP finalizing that decision. The 850 NPA serves the northern portion of Florida which is called the Panhandle. This area includes Pensacola, Panama City and Tallahassee which is the State Capital. The 850 NPA is also the home of Eglin and Tyndall Air Force Bases. The geographic area currently covered by the 850 NPA consists of 64 rate centers within 18 counties: Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Bay, Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf, Franklin, Liberty, Gadsden, Leon, Wakulla, Jefferson, Madison and Taylor. The new 448 NPA will serve the same geographic area currently served by the existing 850 NPA.
FCC Order (FCC 20-100)
Effective October 24, 2021, MANDATORY 10-digit local dialing is required for all customers in the Florida 321 (Brevard County only), 352, 561, and 941 Area Codes. In addition to changing your dialing patterns, all services, automatic dialing equipment, or other types of equipment that are programmed to complete local calls using only 7-digit numbers will need to be reprogrammed to complete calls to 10-digit numbers.
All Elevator Companies must have any necessary changes for all elevators in these area codes completed by October 24, 2021. Such updates or reprogramming must occur between April 24, 2021 and October 24, 2021 (the permissive dialing period). Starting these efforts before April 24, 2021 may result in failed calls if permissive 10-digit dialing has not yet been implemented.
Phase II Off Operation
It has recently been discovered that some elevators installed in Florida may not be programmed correctly with regards to the removal of a unit from Phase II In-Car Emergency Operation. Since the merger of Code under ASME A17.1-2000, 126.96.36.199.5 has read as follows:
“Elevators shall be removed from Phase II Emergency In-Car Operation only when the “FIRE OPERATION” switch is in the “OFF” position and the car is at the designated level and the doors are in the normal open position.”
In order to ensure complete compliance with Code, please make sure this is tested and the requirements for Fire Fighter’s Operation function as stated above. To assist in this matter, the Bureau has developed test procedures to ensure equipment is properly inspected. These sample test procedures can be found at the link below:
Phase II Off Alternate Level Check
Please contact the Bureau of Elevator Safety at DHR.email@example.com with any questions:
Miami-Dade Moves to Online Inspection Reporting
The Miami-Dade County Office of Elevator Safety transitioned to online inspection reporting as of October 1, 2018. County officials provided this Industry Bulletin. Contact Miami-Dade for more information.
Kone Safety Alert – PDF
Safety alert issued by Kone on March 9, 2018, regarding a potential electric shock risk on the Kone TravelMaster 110 with Auto-Oiler option. (March 23, 2018)
The Florida Legislature passed the Maxwell Erik “Max” Grablin Act, which provides specific safety requirements for newly installed elevators in private residences. The new law creates section 399.031, F.S., and specifies clearance requirements for hoistway doors and edges, pressure tolerances for doors and gates, and requires a device on the underside of the platform that will stop downward travel. The law took effect on July 1, 2016, and the requirements are to be added into the Florida Building Code by October 1, 2016.
Despite its location within Chapter 399, F.S., the division does not have authority to enforce the new requirements. Elevators and other conveyances in private residences remain excluded from Chapter 399, F.S., and the division’s jurisdiction. This law will be enforced through the Florida Building Code by the authorities having jurisdiction over elevators in private residences – generally this will be the local building authority. All questions about enforcement should be directed to the local building authority.
Elevator Update – Quarterly Newsletter
- Vol 6, No.5, October 2022
- Vol 6, No.4, September 2022
- Vol 6, No. 3, March 2022
- Vol 6, No. 2, October 2021
- Vol 6, No. 1, September 2021
- Vol 5, No. 3, April 2021
- Vol 5, No. 2, December 2020
- Vol 5, No. 1, December 2019
- Vol 4, No. 3, January 2019
- Vol. 4, No. 2, October 2018
- Vol. 4, No. 1, July 2018
- Vol. 3, No. 4, April 2018
- Vol. 3, No. 3, January 2018
- Vol. 3, No. 2, October 2017
- Vol. 3, No. 1, July 2017
- Vol. 2, No. 4, April 2017
- Vol. 2, No. 3, January 2017
- Vol. 2, No. 2, October 2016
- Vol. 2, No. 1, July 2016
- Vol. 1, No. 3, April 2016
- Vol. 1, No. 2, January 2016
- Vol. 1, No. 1, October 2015
2023-03 – Protection of Disconnecting Means
2022-09 – Generator Testing
2022-08 – Acceptance Tags and Acceptance Records
2018-01 – Miami – Online Inspection Reporting
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Steven von Bodungen, Director
Division of Hotels and Restaurants
Bureau of Elevator Safety
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1013