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The 2001 Florida Statutes

Title XXIX
Public Health
Chapter 399
Elevator Safety
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Section 399.01, Florida Statutes 2001

399.01  Definitions.--As used in this chapter, the term:

(1)  "Alteration" means any change or addition to the vertical conveyance other than maintenance, repair, or replacement.

(2)  "Certificate of competency" means a document issued by the division which evidences the competency of a person to construct, install, inspect, maintain, or repair any vertical conveyance.

(3)  "Certificate of operation" means a document issued by the department which indicates that the conveyance has had the required safety inspection and tests and that fees have been paid as provided in this chapter.

(4)  "Conveyance" means an elevator, dumbwaiter, escalator, moving sidewalk, platform lift, and stairway chairlift.

(5)  "Department" means the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

(6)  "Division" means the Division of Hotels and Restaurants of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

(7)  "Elevator" means one of the following mechanical devices:

(a)  A hoisting and lowering mechanism, equipped with a car and platform that moves in guide rails and serves two or more landings to transport material or passengers or both.

(b)  An escalator, which is a power-driven, inclined continuous stairway used for raising or lowering passengers.

(c)  A dumbwaiter, which is a hoisting and lowering mechanism equipped with a car of limited size which moves in guide rails and serves two or more landings.

(d)  A moving walk, which is a type of passenger-carrying device on which passengers stand or walk and in which the passenger-carrying surface remains parallel to its direction of motion and is uninterrupted.

(e)  An inclined stairway chairlift, which is a device used to transport physically handicapped persons over architectural barriers.

(f)  An inclined or vertical wheelchair lift, which is a device used to transport wheelchair handicapped persons over architectural barriers.

(8)  "Escalator" means an installation defined as an escalator in the Florida Building Code.

(9)  "Existing installation" means an installation defined as an "installation, existing" in the Florida Building Code.

(10)  "Elevator Safety Technical Advisory Committee" means the committee appointed by the secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

(11)  "Private residence" means a separate dwelling or a separate apartment in a multiple dwelling which is occupied by members of a single-family unit.

(12)  "Service maintenance contract" means a contract that provides for routine examination, lubrication, cleaning, adjustment, replacement of parts, and performance of applicable code-required safety tests such as on a traction elevator and annual relief pressure test on a hydraulic elevator and any other service, repair, and maintenance sufficient to ensure the safe operation of the elevator.

(13)  "Temporarily dormant conveyance" means a conveyance whose power supply has been disconnected by removing fuses and placing a padlock on the mainline disconnect switch in the "OFF" position. The car is parked, and the hoistway doors are in the closed and latched position. A wire seal is installed on the mainline disconnect switch by a certificate of competency elevator inspector. This installation may not be used again until it has been put in safe running order and is in condition for use. Annual inspections shall continue for the duration of the temporarily dormant status by a certificate of competency elevator inspector. The temporarily dormant status is renewable on an annual basis and may not exceed a 5-year period. The inspector shall file a report with the chief elevator inspector describing the current conditions. The wire seal and padlock may not be removed for any purpose without permission from the elevator inspector.

(14)  "Temporary operation permit" means a document issued by the department which permits the temporary use of a noncompliant vertical conveyance as provided by rule.

(15)  "Registered elevator company" means an entity registered with and authorized by the division employing persons to construct, install, inspect, maintain, or repair any vertical conveyance. Each registered elevator company must annually register with the division and maintain general liability insurance coverage in the minimum amounts set by the division.

(16)  "Certified elevator inspector" is a natural person registered with and authorized by the division to construct, install, inspect, maintain, or repair any vertical conveyance, after having properly acquired the qualified elevator inspector credential from the National Association of Elevator Safety Authorities. Such person shall remain so authorized by the division only upon providing annual proof of completion of 8 hours of continuing education and the qualified elevator inspector credential remains in good standing with the National Association of Elevator Safety Authorities. A licensed mechanical engineer whose license is in good standing may be authorized as a certified elevator inspector by the division. Each certified elevator inspector must annually register with the division and maintain general liability insurance coverage in the minimum amounts set by the division.

(17)  "Certified elevator technician" means a natural person authorized by the division to construct, install, maintain, or repair any vertical conveyance, after having been issued an elevator certificate of competency by the division. Each certified elevator technician must annually register with the division and maintain general liability insurance coverage in the minimum amounts set by the division.

(18)  "Elevator helper" means a natural person performing work under the direct supervision of a certified elevator inspector or an elevator technician to construct, install, maintain, or repair any vertical conveyance.

(19)  "Elevator certificate of competency" means a credential issued by the division to any individual natural person successfully completing an examination as prescribed by rule and paying a fee of $50. Such credential shall be valid for and expire at the end of 1 year, and may be renewed by the division when the division receives proof of the elevator certificate of competency holder's completion of 8 hours of continuing education and a renewal fee of $50.

All other building transportation terms are defined in the current Florida Building Code.

History.--s. 1, ch. 24096, 1947; s. 1, ch. 57-227; ss. 16, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 10, ch. 71-157; s. 1, ch. 71-228; s. 151, ch. 71-377; s. 1, ch. 81-120; s. 2, ch. 81-318; ss. 1, 16, 17, ch. 83-145; s. 1, ch. 90-73; ss. 1, 8, ch. 93-16; s. 47, ch. 94-218; s. 6, ch. 2001-186.


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