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ASME A17.1-2016

Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators

This Code is one of the numerous codes and standards developed and published by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) under the general auspices of the American National Standards Institute, Inc. (ANSI).  The Code is intended to serve as the basis for the design construction, installation, operation, testing, inspection, maintenance, alteration, and repair of elevators, dumbwaiters, escalators, moving walks, and material lifts.  Safety codes and standards are intended to enhance public health and safety. Revisions result from committee consideration of factors such as technological advances, new data, and changing environmental and industry needs. Revisions do not imply that previous editions were inadequate.   This Code applies to new installations only, except Part 1, and Sections 5.10, 8.1, 8.6, 8.7, 8.8, 8.9, 8.10, and 8.11, which apply to both new and existing installations. Also, see ASME A17.3, Safety Code for Existing Elevators and Escalators, for further requirements.  The following conditions are not addressed in this Code: (a) assignment of the responsibility for compliance to any particular party.  (b) establishment of a frequency for periodic inspections and tests. See Nonmandatory Appendix N for recommended inspections and test intervals.  (c) assignment of responsibility for persons authorized to make and witness inspections and tests.

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