Elevators, Escalators and Related Equipment Safety and Licensing
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Notice of Vacancy on Elevator Advisory Board
TDLR announces a vacancy on the Elevator Advisory Board (Board) established by Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 754, Sections 754.012 and 754.013. The pertinent rules may be found in 16 Texas Administrative Code §74.65. The purpose of the Elevator Advisory Board (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. This announcement is for a public member with a physical disability.
The Board is composed of the following nine members appointed by the presiding officer of the Commission, with the Commission’s approval:
(1) a representative of the insurance industry or a certified elevator inspector;
(2) a representative of equipment constructors;
(3) a representative of owners or managers of a building having fewer than six stories and having equipment;
(4) a representative of owners or managers of a building having six stories or more and having equipment;
(5) a representative of independent equipment maintenance companies;
(6) a representative of equipment manufacturers;
(7) a licensed or registered engineer or architect;
(8) a public member; and
(9) a public member with a physical disability.
Members serve at the will of the Commission. Service is voluntary and compensation is not authorized by law.
Issued in Austin, Texas on October 19, 2016.
Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
TDLR provides this public notice that at the Commission's meeting on January 6, they adopted the revised enforcement plan, established in compliance with Texas Occupations Code, §51.302(c). The enforcement plan gives all license holders notice of the specific ranges of penalties and license sanctions that apply to specific alleged violations of the statutes and rules enforced by the Department. The enforcement plan also presents the criteria that are considered by the Department’s Enforcement staff in determining the amount of a proposed administrative penalty or the magnitude of a proposed sanction. The enforcement plan is revised to update the penalty matrix for the Elevators, Escalators, and Related Equipment program.
The revised matrix was updated to bring the violations and citations in-line with Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 754 and 16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 74. The statute has been amended several times, however the most significant changes incorporate increased safety responsibility of elevator owners, contractors and inspectors. This includes reducing the time limits for filing annual inspections and reporting accidents, continuing education requirements for inspectors and plan review requirements for new installations or alterations. Generally, the rules have been amended to incorporate statutory changes. Specific rule changes increased regulation on reporting requirements, equipment removed from service, plan reviews, necessary documentation and equipment testing. Editorial changes were made by adding subject matter headings to each class to make it easier to find a particular violation; correcting legal citations to correspond with the statute; and general language cleanup to improve language consistency and clarity.
The Elevator Advisory Board recommended approval of the revised matrix at their meeting held December 15, 2015. The revised matrix was presented to the Commission on January 6, 2016, and was adopted as recommended. A copy of the revised enforcement plan is posted on the Department’s website. You may also contact the Enforcement Division at (512) 539-5600 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain a copy of the revised plan.
The Elevator Advisory Board met December 15, 2015 in Austin. The agenda and the staff reports are online. Due to technical difficulties the meeting was not broadcast live but the meeting has been posted to TDLR's YouTube channel.
Changes to the Elevators, Escalators and Related Equipment law.- Senate Bill 1296 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature, amended Health and Safety Code, Chapter 754, relating to nonsubstantive additions to and corrections in enacted codes, to the nonsubstantive codification or disposition of various laws omitted from enacted codes, and to conforming codifications enacted by the 83rd Legislature to other Acts of that Legislature. Senate Bill 1296 and the changes to Chapter 754 became effective September 1, 2015. TDLR encourages all persons interested in the elevators, escalators and related equipment program to review the updated Health and Safety Code, Chapter 754.
New Technology Variance NTV 15-02 Thyssen Twin Elevator System has been posted.
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.
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.