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The Elevator Advisory Board met October 7 in Austin. The agenda is online. The meeting was archived and is available for viewing via RealPlayer.
Amendments to Administrative Rules - On October 16, 2013, TDLR adopted amendments to rules regarding the Elevators, Escalators, and Related Equipment program (16 Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Chapter 74, §§74.1, 74.20-74.24, 74.30, 74.40, 74.50, 74.55, 74.57, 74.60, 74.72, 74.74-74.78, 74.80, 74.100, 74.110-74.114, and 74.120-74.122, the repeal of §74.70, and new §§74.66, 74.67, 74.69 and 74.79). The adoption is necessary to implement changes made by Senate Bill 540 and Senate Bill 673, 83rd Legislature, Regular Session (2013); to enhance notice to the public and property owners; and for general rule clean-up regarding the Elevators, Escalators and Related Equipment program. The effective date of the adoption is November 15, 2013.
Senate Bill 673 (SB 673), relating to elevators, escalators, and related equipment, was passed during the 83rd Legislative Session and signed by Governor Perry on June 14, 2013. To make sure building owners stay well-informed, we are now spreading the message about the most important upcoming changes affecting building owners as a result of SB 673:
STARTING JANUARY 1, 2014:
• The building owner will be required to send all elevator inspection reports to TDLR within 30 days of the date of inspection. Currently, elevator inspection reports are due 60 days after the date of inspection.
• Elevator inspectors will be required to deliver inspection reports to building owners within FIVE (5) calendar days of the inspection. Currently, the inspector has 10 days to deliver the report to the building owner.
TDLR is working on administrative rules to implement these and other changes resulting from SB 673. To stay informed about new rules, advisory board or commission meetings, and all announcements relating to elevators/escalators, please sign up for email notifications from TDLR.
Questions? Contact TDLR at 800-803-9202 or email us at email@example.com.
Vacancy on Elevator Advisory Board - TDLR announces a vacancy on the Elevator Advisory Board (Board) established by Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 754. The pertinent rules may be found in 16 TAC §74.65. The purpose of the Board is to advise the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation (Commission) on the adoption of appropriate standards for the installation, alteration, operation and inspection of equipment; the status of equipment used by the public in this state; sources of information relating to equipment safety; public awareness programs related to elevator safety, including programs for sellers and buyers of single-family dwellings with elevators, chairlifts, or platform lifts; and any other matter considered relevant by the Commission.
The Board is composed of nine members appointed by the presiding officer of the Commission, with the Commission’s approval. The Board consists of a representative of the insurance industry or a certified elevator inspector; a representative of equipment constructors; a representative of owners or managers of a building having fewer than six stories and having equipment; a representative of owners or managers of a building having six stories or more and having equipment; a representative of independent equipment maintenance companies; a representative of equipment manufacturers; a licensed or registered engineer or architect; a public member; and a public member with a physical disability. Members serve at the will of the Commission. This announcement is for a representative of the insurance industry or a certified elevator inspector.
Interested persons should submit an application online. Applicants can also request an application from TDLR by telephone (800) 803-9202, fax (512) 475- 2874 or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Applicants may be asked to appear for an interview, however any required travel for an interview would be at the applicant's expense. Issued in Austin on April 3, 2013.
As of December 1, 2011, passenger elevators in Texas must meet the safety standard requirements set out in Chapter 754 of the Health and Safety Code. Any passenger elevator without door restrictors or found to have non-working door restrictors after December 1 will immediately be removed from service. The elevator will not be placed back into service until it is inspected and all required safety features are verified by a registered elevator inspector.
Watch TDLR's elevator door restrictor video on YouTube.