Most people do not think twice before stepping onto an elevator. However, owners and operators of elevators must schedule inspections of mechanisms on a regular basis. Not only is this essential for the safety and well-being of those who ride, but it also ensures owners and operators remain in compliance with the law.
The City of Phoenix explains elevator testing requirements in greater detail. By performing the following tests and checks, there is a reduced risk of a major elevator malfunction, which could potentially lead to serious injuries.
Hydraulic elevators require a safety relief valve test once per year. A qualified technician with knowledge of elevator mechanisms must perform the test. Once testing is complete, the technician must sign and date a tag and attach it to the equipment.
A yearly safety test is also required for traction or cable elevators. The technician will evaluate safety devices, such as buffers and governor. A full load safety test is also required, but this test takes place once every five years. Like hydraulic elevators, the technician must sign and date a tag and attach it to the elevator when tests are complete.
Fire service testing must occur on a monthly basis, regardless of the type of elevator. Trained and knowledgeable personnel must conduct fire service tests. Elevator operators are also required to keep a test log somewhere onsite.
Operators are required to schedule a test of standby power at least once per year. Standby power ensures the elevator can continue to operate in the event of a power outage.
The above tests are crucial for your safety and well-being. When operators neglect necessary testing, they are putting you and other passengers at risk.