ASME A17.1 Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators is written by a committee comprised of technically qualified persons who demonstrate a concern and competence in the subject within the A17 Committee’s scope and a willingness to participate in the work of the committee. The Code is written in a form that is suitable for enforcement by state, municipal, and other jurisdictional authorities; and as such, the text is concise, without examples or explanations. It is also recognized that this Code cannot cover every situation nor can it cover new technology before it is developed and field experience is gained. For these reasons, ASME determined that a handbook would be useful to augment the Code by providing a commentary on the Code requirements.
ASME A17.1/CSA B44 Handbook 2010 Edition contains the rationale for code requirements; explanations, examples, and illustrations of the implementations of the requirements; plus excerpts from other nationally recognized standards which are referenced by the code. This information is intended to provide the users of ASME A17.1 with a better understanding of, and appreciation for, the requirements contained in the code. The net result should be increased safety for the manufacturers, installers, maintainers, consultants and users of the equipment covered by ASME A17.1.
Author: Edward Donoghue