This part of the directive enhances and/or supplements Part IV (Elevating Devices) [] of the COHSR and should be read in that context.


Notwithstanding the scope of other federal government codes or standards concerning elevating devices, this directive is primarily concerned with occupational safety. This directive shall have application in all government-owned buildings occupied by employees. Where such employees occupy buildings not owned by the federal government, it shall be applied to the maximum extent that is reasonably practical. Privately owned facilities occupied by the public service are expected to comply with the applicable provincial or territorial requirements.


In this directive:

"design"(plan) means the plans, patterns, drawings and specifications of an elevating device;

"elevating device"(appareil de levage) means a fixed mechanical device for moving passengers or freight, and includes an elevator, dumbwaiter, manlift, escalator, inclined lift, moving sidewalk or other similar device;

"maximum carrying capacity" (capacité maximale de transport) means, with respect to an elevating device, the load that the elevating device is designed and installed to lift safely;

"minister"(ministre) means the Minister of Public Works and Government Services;

"operating authority"(autorité exploitante) means the department or agency responsible for the operation and/or maintenance of an elevating device;

"record of inspection"(dossier d'inspection) means a record prepared by a safety inspector;

"regional director"(directeur régional) means an officer designated by the Minister to administer the safety inspection program in the area in which a public service occupancy or establishment is located;

"safety device"(dispositif de sécurité) means any device intended to aid in preventing the unsafe operation or use of an elevating device or manlift;

"safety inspector" (inspecteur de sécurité) means a qualified person employed by an inspection agency accredited by the Minister to perform safety inspections of elevating devices in public service facilities;

"seal"(fermer) means to take any measures necessary by a qualified person to prevent the unauthorized operation or use of an elevating device.


4.1 Installation and Alteration

4.1.1 Upon completion of an inspection after an installation or alteration, the safety inspector shall so advise the regional director.

4.2 Inspection and Testing

4.2.1 The regional director is responsible for ensuring that safety inspections are performed by qualified inspection agencies in accordance with the requirements set out in the Code and this directive.

4.2.2 Safety inspectors shall be provided with accreditation by the Minister identifying them as persons qualified and authorized to perform safety inspections of elevating devices in accordance with this directive.

4.2.3 Operating authorities shall provide to the regional director a list of all elevating devices in their charge which are subject to the requirements of this directive and shall provide prompt notification of any additions or deletions to this list.

4.2.4 Upon the request of a safety inspector conducting an inspection or test pursuant to this directive, the operating authority shall provide that person with an assistant who is capable of taking all precautions necessary to ensure that inspector's safety during the inspection or test and to assist in the safe conduct of the inspection or test.

4.2.5 Where a safety inspector finds, on inspection, that an elevating device is not safe to operate, the inspector shall:

  1. immediately seal the elevating device and inform the operating agency that the use of the elevating device is prohibited;
  2. take possession of or cancel the certificate of inspection, if any; and
  3. advise the regional director.

4.2.6 Upon the discovery of any defect or condition in the elevating device that may render it unsafe to operate, the operating authority shall immediately take the device out of service until repairs have been completed and inspected and a new record of inspection has been issued.

4.2.7 The operating authority shall ensure that the maintenance and repair of elevating devices, or safety devices attached to it, is performed by a qualified person in accordance with standards that comply with good industrial safety practice.