Elevators are one of the safest forms of transportation in the world; complex systems of brakes and cables allow passengers to travel billions of collective miles a year with confidence. That – and the conscientious effort of building owners, contractors, and mechanics – makes proper elevator licensing a must. Building owners must adhere to a rigorous elevator licensing process to ensure they operate within the law and with public safety top of mind.
From Installation to Inspection
Every province or jurisdiction across Canada follows different acts and regulations regarding elevator standards. However, the process to achieve licensure looks quite similar. What should owners and contractors expect when they plan a new installation, modernization, or upgrade?
- 1. Every elevator contractor and elevator mechanic must be licensed by the appropriate jurisdictional authority. To do so, they demonstrate that they have the required training under the applicable law (for example, British Columbia’s Safety Standards Act, Saskatchewan’s Passenger and Freight Elevator Act, or Ontario’s Technical Standards and Safety Act.) Typically, mechanics and contractors complete an application, pay a fee according to the schedule, and then take an examination to achieve licensure.
- 2. When working on an installation, licensed elevator contractors submit a design registration to their governing agency for approval. Once granted, the contractor has the authority to install the elevator on behalf of the building owner/client.
- 3. After installation, the elevator contractor contacts the elevator licensing body (e.g. the Safety Authority in BC, TSASK in Saskatchewan, TSSA in Ontario, etc.) and requests an acceptance inspection.
- 4. During the acceptance inspection, the licensing authority runs the elevator through a series of tests to ensure that has been installed per the design.
- 5. Upon successful completion of the acceptance inspection, the elevator owner applies for a license. When the license is granted, it is valid for one calendar year. After that, it is subject to periodic safety inspections.
Remember that these steps may vary slightly from province to province or jurisdiction to jurisdiction. They do, however, provide owners and contractors with an overview of what they can expect from the elevator licensing process.
Safety is the top concern of owners, contractors, and governing authorities. Together, they can make sure that passengers, freight, property, and the public are protected at every stage of the process – and with every trip they take.