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Elevator and Escalator Safety - Safety Inspection

Emergency telephone number: 410-767-2990

The Commissioner of Labor and Industry is responsible for ensuring that elevator units operating in Maryland are tested and inspected. Each owner is responsible for ensuring that each elevator unit has a valid certificate of inspection issued by the Commissioner demonstrating that it has been inspected. Elevator units are not permitted to operate without a valid certificate of inspection.

During the 2009 legislative session, a new law was passed which enhanced the safety of Maryland citizens and visitors that utilize elevator systems. The law mandates that an owner of an elevator unit operating in Maryland contract with an authorized third party elevator inspector to perform a periodic annual inspection of their elevator unit. Note: This Law took effect July 1, 2009.

Currently, State law requires that periodic annual inspections be performed on all elevator units and the owner of an elevator unit has the option of contracting with an authorized third party inspector or utilizing State resources to comply with the annual inspection requirement. As of July 1, 2009, State inspectors were no longer required to perform periodic annual inspections on privately owned elevator units. The owner must hire an authorized third party elevator inspector to perform the required periodic annual inspection.

A third party elevator inspector must be authorized by the Commissioner of Labor and Industry before he or she can perform inspections in Maryland. To become an authorized inspector approved to conduct a periodic annual inspection, one must possess and maintain a QEI certification issued by organizations such as NAESA or Elevator Industry Work Preservation Fund, which are accredited by either the National Commission for Certifying Agencies or the American National Standards Institute. General liability insurance is also required, and all documentation should be presented to the Commissioner of Labor and Industry on an annual basis as required by regulation. The authorized inspector must also be an independent elevator consultant, employed by an independent inspection agency or employed by the insurer of the elevator unit.

State law also 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.

View a list of authorized third party, Level 1 elevator inspectors available to perform periodic annual inspections.

For additional information, contact:
Division of Labor and Industry
Elevator and Escalator Safety

1100 N. Eutaw Street - Room 601
Baltimore, MD 21201
Fax: 410-333-7721

Emergency telephone number: 410-767-2990