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Maryland Elevator Safety Law, References, and Publications - Elevator and Escalator Safety

State law requires that the owner re-register their elevator units with the Commissioner annually. The annual re-registration will coincide with the periodic annual inspection. The Safety Inspection Unit will send notice alerting the owner that the periodic annual inspection and re-registration is due. It is the owner's responsibility to ensure that the elevator unit is re-registered and the periodic annual inspection is performed. Failure to do so is a violation of the law and subject to penalty.

Inspections are conducted in accordance with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators, Safety Code for Platform Lifts and Stairway Chairlifts and the American National Standard (ANSI) Safety Code for Personnel Hoists and Employee Elevators for Construction and Demolition Operations. Safety codes become effective on the date adopted by the Commissioner.

  • The ASME A18.1-2020 Safety Standard for Platform Lifts and Stairway Chairlifts has been adopted with an effective date of 10/2/2023.
  • ASME A17.1 2019 Adopted 10/22/2022
  • ANSI A10.4 2016 Adopted 7/14/2018
  • A17.8 Standard for Wind Turbine Tower Elevators Adopted 7/16/2020
  • NFPA 70 2017 National Electrical Code section 620 Adopted 7/16/2020

State law also requires specific size requirements to accommodate a 6'8" rescue litter. Elevator units installed in privately owned single family residential dwellings or a building or structure under Federal control or regulation are exempt.


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