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ASME A17.7

2007 Edition, 2007

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Performance-based safety code for elevators and escalators

Includes all amendments and changes through Reaffirmation Notice , 2012

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Product Details:

  • Revision: 2007 Edition, 2007
  • Published Date: January 2012
  • Status: Active, Most Current
  • Document Language: English
  • Published By: ASME International (ASME)
  • Page Count: 140
  • ANSI Approved: No
  • DoD Adopted: No

Description / Abstract:

Equipment Covered by this Code

This Code covers the design, construction, operation, inspection, testing, maintenance, alteration, and repair of the following equipment and its associated parts, rooms, spaces, and hoistways, where located in or adjacent to a building or structure:

(a) hoisting and lowering mechanisms, equipped with a car, that move between two or more landings. This equipment includes, but is not limited to, elevators (see 1.3);

(b) power-driven stairways and walkways for carrying persons between landings. This equipment includes, but is not limited to, escalators and moving walks (see 1.3); and

(c) hoisting and lowering mechanisms, equipped with a car, that serve two or more landings and are restricted to the carrying of material by their limited size or limited access to the car. This equipment includes, but is not limited to, dumbwaiters and material lifts (see 1.3).

NOTE 1.1.1(b) and (c): Only elevators are covered in this edition. Other equipment is to comply with 1.2(a). Provision is made for other equipment to be covered in future editions.

Equipment Not Covered by this Code

Equipment not covered by this Code includes, but is not limited to, the following:

(a) personnel hoists within the scope of ANSI A10.4 and CSA Z185;

(b) material hoists within the scope of ANSI A10.5 and CSA Z256;

(c) platform lifts and stairway chairlifts within the scope of ASME A18.1, CSA B355, and CSA B613; (d) manlifts within the scope of ASME A90.1 and CSA B311;

(e) mobile scaffolds, towers, and platforms within the scope of ANSI A92 and the CSA B354 series of standards;

(f) powered platform and equipment for exterior and interior building maintenance within the scope of ASME A120.1 and CSA Z271;

(g) conveyors and related equipment within the scope of ASME B20.1;

(h) cranes, derricks, hoists, hooks, jacks, and slings within the scope of ASME B30, CSA Z150, CSA B167, and CSA Z248;

(i) industrial trucks within the scope of ASME B56 and CSA B335;

(j) portable equipment, except for portable escalators;

(k) tiering or piling machines used to move material to and from storage located and operating entirely within one story;

(l) equipment for feeding or positioning material at machine tools, printing presses, etc.;

(m) skip or furnace hoists;

(n) wharf ramps;

(o) amusement devices;

(p) stage and orchestra lifts;

(q) lift bridges;

(r) railroad car lifts and dumpers;

(s) mechanized parking garage equipment;

(t) line jacks, false cars, shafters, moving platforms, and similar equipment used for installing an elevator;

(u) platform elevators installed in a ship or offshore drilling rig and used for the purpose of loading and unloading cargo, equipment, and personnel;

(v) dock levelers (freight platform lifts) having a travel of 500 mm (20 in.) or less;

(w) in Canadian jurisdictions, devices having a travel of 2 000 mm (79 in.) or less and used only for the transfer of materials or equipment.

Effective Date

The requirements of this edition and subsequent addenda to the Code are effective as of the date noted on the copyright page of this document. The AHJ will establish the effective date for its local regulations.


The purpose of this Code is to provide a method for establishing the safety of life and limb, and to promote the public welfare. Compliance with this Code shall be achieved by

(a) conformance with the requirements in ASME A17.1/CSA B44;

(b) conformance with some of the requirements in ASME A17.1/CSA B44 and for elevator systems, sub-systems, components, or functions that do not conform with certain requirements in ASME A17.1/CSA B44, conformance with the applicable requirements in this Code; or

(c) conformance with the requirements in this Code.

NOTE (1.2): Compliance with ASME A17.7/CSA B44.7 is not an alternative to compliance with requirements in other Codes and Standards not within the purview of ASME A17.1/CSA B44, such as NFPA 70, CSA C22.1, building codes, ICC/ANSI A117.1, etc.

Elevators & Escalators Inspection Set