Volume 65 | Spring 2011
“Elevators VS Generators – Best Practice"
by Ben Myers, BOC I, Samaritan Healthcare Director, Plant Services. Moses Lake,
It’s always nice when you can spend a few minutes with an inspector, whether
it’s the Building Inspector, Joint Commission surveyor, or your neighborhood
elevator inspector. The relationship you build and information you mine from
their gray matter can be gold.
Case in point, the State Labor & Industries office assigned a new elevator
inspector to us here at Samaritan Healthcare in Moses Lake. He’s fresh from code
school, and he enlightened us on a test that we’d never considered for our
hospital: Testing the fire recall during the generator test.
There are two phases of the Fire Department elevator controls. Phase A refers to
operating the fire department switch at the elevator lobby. This calls the
elevator to that landing. Phase B refers to turning the switch inside elevator
to the “Fire Department Control” position and operating the elevator. In this
mode, every control must be held. To close the door, press and hold the “Door
Close” button until it’s fully closed. To go to another floor, press and hold
the number until the elevator stops moving. To open the door, press and hold the
“Door Open”. To annoy the nurses, press and hold the “Alarm” button.
During the generator test (and while the elevators are on emergency power),
perform both Phase A & B to verify the elevator functions while on generator
power. Document the completion of the test on your PM and have it available for
the inspector’s next visit.
The elevator inspector claims it’s an annual requirement but hasn’t been able to
provide the code reference, which is why we’re calling this a “Best Practice” at
Ben Myers, BOC I
Director, Plant Services
Moses Lake, WA
[August 11, 2011]
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