Elevator Safety Board
Status Update on
Rules for Older Elevators: The Iowa Elevator Safety
Board has decided to exclude from further consideration the fire
service mandates of the ASME A17.3 code for older elevators.
During the annual elevator inspections of 2013, every older
elevator will be surveyed to determine what work would be
required under A17.3. For more information on this
The Elevator Safety Board is a part of the
Iowa Division of Labor Services. The board sets fees for
inspections, makes rules for elevators, hears appeals
of inspection reports, and
considers variance and other requests.
Click here for general rules concerning the board's purpose,
activities and organization.
for board meeting schedule.
Click here to contact the elevator
There are four basic types of requests that can be filed with the board. Each type of request is briefly described
below. If you wish to file a request with the board, please read the
relevant rules and use the appropriate form below.
Variance (Waiver) Requests
A variance suspends the requirements of a rule for an
identified person based on a particular set of circumstances.
If you can meet the criteria for variances,
which include showing that complying with a rule would cause you undue hardship and
that the public health and safety will not be adversely affected by a
waiver or variance of the rule, the board may grant you a variance.
Please note, however, that the board cannot grant a variance from a
statutory requirement. The board cannot grant a variance from an
Appeals From Inspection Reports
If your equipment was recently
inspected and you have an objection to the inspection report, you must
first file a petition for reconsideration of the inspection
report with the Labor Commissioner. Petitions for reconsideration
must be filed within 30 days after the inspection report is issued.
Labor Commissioner denies your petition for reconsideration, or if the
petition is deemed to be denied because the Labor Commissioner failed to
rule on it within 20 days of filing, you may file an
appeal with the board. The appeal must be filed within 30 days of
the denial or the deemed denial, whichever occurs first.
Petitions for Declaratory Orders
If you want to know how a board rule would apply to a
set of future circumstances (for example, equipment you are considering
for purchase), you may file a petition for
declaratory order. Petitions for declaratory order cannot be used
to establish the effect of prior conduct or to challenge a board
decision already made.
Petitions for Rulemaking
If you believe the elevator safety board
should change, eliminate or add an administrative rule, you may file a
petition for rulemaking.
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