“New Year, New You!”
It’s a mantra repeated by people on countless December 31st’s. Out city is also making significant changes as we enter 2022 that will significantly impact building compliance in the New Year and beyond.
As your compliance experts, Prise is breaking down the Top 5 compliance changes for 2022 daily. This is a breakdown of the big changes coming in 2022 and a little cheat sheet on how you can get can make sure you comply.
Without further ado let’s get started with Category 1 Elevator Inspection Changes.
CATEGORY-1 ELEVATOR INSPECTIONS
The Category 1 elevator inspection is an annual inspection that the Department of Buildings requires of all elevator devices no matter their designation. Failure to file or inspect an elevator each year will result in an automatic $1000 fine.
In 2021, the DOB passed sweeping changes to the building code outlined in Local Law 126 of 2021. These changes will significantly impact how buildings, elevator inspectors, and managers administer their elevator compliance in 2022 and beyond.
WHAT ARE THE CHANGES?
The agency performing the category test (the elevator maintenance company) must notify the Department of Buildings at least five (not seven) days prior to the Category 1 testing of escalators, Category 3 testing of water hydraulic elevators, and Category 5 testing of elevators.
If a witnessing agency is required in Table N1 of ASME A17.1 (Elevator Code Table), as modified by Chapter K1 of Appendix K of the New York City Building Code, the category test report is no longer required to include the signature of the witnessing agency inspector.
NOTE: The report must still include the signature of the witnessing agency director.
NEW FILING DEADLINES
With these changes, there are new filing deadlines that must be adhered to. These deadlines change the reporting status of the category 1 tests shortening the amount of time the elevator contractor, witnessing agency, and building owner/manager must file the report on DOB NOW: Build: Safety.
|DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING REPORT TO DOB AFTER INSPECTION||DEADLINE FOR CORRECTING DEFECTS IDENTIFIED IN THE CATEGORY TEST REPORT||DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING AFFIRMATION OF CORRECTION TO DOB|
|2022||21 DAYS||90 DAYS||
If you have read our other blog entries, then you already know the refrain. Plan, plan, plan. Without a proper plan in place, it will be impossible to ensure your buildings are in compliance with these changes.
Not only do these modifications impact the Category 1 inspections but they also encompass changes associated with the Periodic Elevator Inspections.
- Review your 2021 Category-1 and 5 inspection dates.
- Make sure both your elevator maintenance company and witnessing agent have signed service agreements now and are on the same page with each other and building management.
- Establish a centralized ownership email address on DOB NOW. A central email address can be used for multiple properties.
- This also ensures that if there is any turnover with a building manager that someone will still have access to view the reports.
- If possible, centralize this service within your organization to ensure signatures are completed on time.
REMINDER: Reminders are your friends, set up reminders for every inspection scheduled and add additional reminders based on the subsequent dates as outlined above.
Prise is the proactive building compliance specialist. Our team has managed the compliance portfolios for some of the largest luxury management firms in New York City.
To find out more information on Periodic Elevator Inspections or any other municipal code changes, do not hesitate to email us at email@example.com or call 212-747-9291, or visit our local law hub online!
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