Division of Hotels and Restaurants
"Elevators, escalators and moving walks are the safest form of transportation. Each day in the U.S. and Canada this equipment moves the equivalent of double the entire U.S. and Canadian population - over 210 billion passengers each year. Very few accidents happen and most of these can be avoided."–Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation
The Bureau of Elevator Safety is providing operational information on these items of interest. Please refer to the law for clarification. Additional information from the bureau is available on our Elevator News webpage.
The division now requires an elevator license number for all variances, including new elevator installations. Follow the link above for more information.
Updated Inspection Report Guidance
As of January 1, 2014, the bureau began accepting the updated Elevator Inspection Report that is based on the ASME A17.2 Checklist. The updated form provides a simpler, user-friendly code reference for violations cited and removes the complexity of the suffixes. When citing a violation, the inspector fills in the equipment type (prefix), the 3-digit code and provides written detail in the comments section for each violation and an ASME A17 code reference, as required by Requirement 2-2 of the QEI-1 Standard.
The new form includes important changes to the numeric code list on the reverse side of Page 3, or the ‘pink copy’. Inspectors should use the following codes when filling out the inspection form:
- Code 100 is for violations that do not fit in any other category on the form.
- Codes 101 – 699 codes are basically unchanged.
- Codes 700 – 799 now cover Escalators and Moving Walks (items).
- Codes 800 – 899 now cover MRLs.
- Codes 900 – 998 now cover Accessibility Lifts.
- Code 999 is reserved for DBPR use only.
Two-Stop Exemption Notifications
Elevator owners may now submit service maintenance contract verifications on a standardized form that includes all information necessary for the exemption from the annual inspection requirement. Although the new form, DBPR Form HR 5023-060, is optional, all written verifications must include the information collected on that form. A copy of a bill statement for a service maintenance contract does not qualify you for the exemption. Verifications may also be submitted through the department's website.
To qualify for the exemption, you must notify the bureau of your service maintenance contract each year. Service maintenance contract holders may submit the notification upon the elevator owner's request.
Inspection Reports Must Include 6-Digit Serial Number
Effective immediately, inspectors must write a number and fill-in the bubble for all six digits in the serial number section of the Elevator Inspection Report. The Bureau recently began issuing serial numbers above 100000, expanding the serial number from five to six digits. Serial numbers with fewer than six digits should have leading zero's added. For example, serial # 123 should be entered as 000123. Inspection reports submitted without all six digits entered will be returned for correction.
Pit Shut Off Valve Correction
Effective July 5, 2012, any elevator containing hydraulic supply shut off valves, also known as "knock-style valves", are in violation of the Florida Elevator Safety Code. Certified elevator inspectors must cite the violation and the violation must be corrected to obtain a current satisfactory inspection. In order to comply with the safety requirements adopted by the division, the only acceptable method of correction is to replace the valve.
The Bureau of Elevator Safety previously published Industry Bulletin 2010-01 on January 11, 2010, regarding the dangers of hydraulic supply shutoff valves.
Rule 61C-5.008, Florida Administrative Code –Definitions
(7) “Direct supervision” means a certificate of competency holder supervising an elevator helper as set forth in section 399.01(16), Florida Statutes, is within physical proximity of the person being directly supervised such that timely observation and evaluation of the work being performed is facilitated to ensure the work is completed in accordance with applicable statutory and administrative code requirements.
Section 399.03(5), FS As required in Florida Statute for new installations, when an initial inspection is conducted, it must be submitted in hardcopy to the bureau along with the Supervisor of Construction signature and the affidavit of code compliance.
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