Section 713-2.20 - Elevators

713-2.20 Elevators.

All buildings that have residents' facilities such as bedrooms, dining rooms or recreation areas, or critical services, such as diagnostic or therapy areas located on a floor other than the main entrance floor shall have electric or electrohydraulic elevators. All buildings with elevators shall comply with the requirements of this section.

(a) The facility shall have the following minimum number of elevators:

(1) At least one hospital-type elevator shall be installed where one to fifty nine resident beds are located on any floor other than the main entrance floor.

(2) At least two elevators, one of which shall be hospital-type, shall be installed where sixty to two hundred certified resident beds are located on floors other than the main entrance floor, or where the major resident services are located on a floor other than those containing certified resident beds. Elevator service may be reduced for those floors that provide only partial resident services.

(3) At least three elevators, one of which shall be hospital-type shall be installed where two hundred one to three hundred fifty certified resident beds are located on floors other than the main entrance floor, or where a major resident services are located on a floor other than those containing certified resident beds. Elevator service may be reduced for those floors that provide only partial resident services.

(4) For facilities with more than three hundred fifty certified resident beds, the number of elevators shall be determined from a study of the facility plan and the estimated vertical transportation requirements.

(b) Hospital-type elevator cars shall have inside dimensions that will accommodate a resident bed and attendants, and shall be at least five feet wide by seven feet six inches deep. The car door shall have a clear opening of not less than three feet eight inches wide.

(c) Elevators shall be equipped with an automatic leveling device of the two-way automatic maintaining type with an accuracy of one-half inch.

(d) Elevators, except freight elevators, shall be equipped with a two-way special service switch to permit cars to bypass all landing button calls and be dispatched directly to any floor.

(e) Elevator controls, alarm button and telephones shall be accessible to wheelchair occupants.

(f) Elevator call buttons, controls and door safety stops shall be of a type that will not be activated by heat or smoke.

(g) Field inspections and tests shall be made and the owner and licensed operator shall be furnished written certification that the installation meets the requirements set forth in this section and all applicable safety regulations and codes.

Effective Date: 
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Doc Status: 
Complete