The first edition of the Canadian Standards Association Safety Code for Elevators, Dumbwaiters, and Escalators was published in March 1938. It was prepared to meet a desire for uniform legislation throughout the various provinces and to replace the legislation previously existing in Canada which had proved inadequate in view of the then prevailing elevator practices.
In the intervening years a great advance has been made in the elevator art; a second edition was prepared and published in 1960. A Supplement was published in 1964 and further changes necessitate the publication of this the third edition of the Code.
The primary purpose of this Code is to provide reasonable safety for those persons who come in contact with elevators, dumbwaiters, and escalators, by establishing minimum standards for design, installation, and maintenance and for adoption by provincial authorities throughout Canada. It is also intended as a standard reference for the use of architects, consulting engineers, elevator manufacturers, and owners.
The arrangement of the third edition is in accordance with the CSA Style Manual and references to specific editions of Reference Standards has been included.
In the preparation of this third edition, the American Standard Code for, Elevators, and changes thereto, have been carefully studied and grateful acknowledgment is given to this organization for the material used.
Special mention is made for the assistance given by the Chief Elevator Inspectors of the various Provinces, and to the Committee on Form of Code, Interpretation and Intent, who gave so unstintingly of their time without recompense.
This Code was prepared by the Committee on Elevator Safety Code under the jurisdiction of the Sectional Committee on Safety Codes, and was formally approved by these Committees and the CSA Technical Council.
This Code applies to the design, construction, installation, operation, inspection, testing, maintenance alteration and repair of elevators, dumbwaiters, escalators, and their hoistways, but does not apply to:
(a) Belt, bucket, scoop, roller or similar type conveyors;
(b) Portable tiering or piling machines used to move material to and from storage and located and operating entirely within
(c) Equipment for feeding or positioning materials at machine tools, printing presses, furnaces, etc.;
(d) Hoists for raising or lowering materials and which are provided with unguided hooks, slings, and similar means for attachment to the materials;
(e) Lubrication hoists or similar mechanisms;
(f) Wharf ramps;
(g) Amusement devices;
(h) Stage and orchestra lifts;
(i) Lift bridges;
(j) Railroad car lifts or dumpers;
(k) Material hoists and workmen’s elevators used to raise and lower building material and workmen in buildings under construction;
(l) Manlifts, counterbalanced type or endless belt type;
(m) Devices having a travel of less than one storey, but not exceeding 5 feet and used only for the transfer of material or equipment; and
(n) Mine elevators;
(o) Vertical conveyors which are inoperable from in the car and which are not equipped with a platform on which persons might conveniently ride.
NOTE: See Appendix A for private residence elevators and inclined lifts.